Cultural Design

Culture provides the catalyst for Designer to create services and products that are fit for their context but also innovative and culturally sensitive.

Our role as designers hinges on integrating the socio-cultural factors that leads to the final outcome. Now more than ever, we need to be aware of the impact of culture.

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Designing for a Contemporary Family

The non-traditional family that I chose to base my design on are DINKS (Double income/No Kids). The scenario is actually inspired by our own very time poor lifestyle. Our household is a multicultural household.

“People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else.

They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you. You, however, are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity.

Fuck that. Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head. You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially don’t owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs.


Students investigate Melbourne’s Bike System

Callum Mccracken, Madelene Start and Hilary Bruce researched Melbourne Bike Share and as part of their Research Method’s subject (HDC002), produced a performance video. This video was produced by my students in Semester 1, 2012.

Students investigate YouTube

HDC002 Swinburne Students investigate YouTube by using Design Research Methods.

Protected: An Interview with Professor Lynette Russell

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Mutual Recognition

Currently in my Indigenous Knowledge class we are putting together a ceremony and as part of the group each of us has a theme to consider and reflect on it through the ceremony. The theme I have chosen is Mutual Recognition. I will be setting the story of “The Conference of the Birds” to the above music. Find out more by clicking on the title.

BPW Australia Project

An informal presentation based on my literature review. The aim of my project is to research different methods of engagement where we can establish an active dialogue with BPW’s indigenous members, their respective communities and other women’s association.

Creating Communities of Purpose to benefit Skilled Migrants

A blueprint for development of new communities of purpose for highly skilled migrant women

The purpose of this presentation is to explore the current Australian Immigration landscape and the issues faced by highly skilled migrant women from NESB in Melbourne. By looking at current national policies and the lived experience of representatives from this marginalised group, we aim to showcase the need for the development of new communities of purpose to create a supportive environment at the local level of community.



Classical Notions of Kinship and Design

These hand drawn diagrams creat an overview of my blood ties and extended family. My father has 2 sisters and one brother and another sister who passed away in a car accident when she was 6 months old; 2 half brother’s from my paternal grand father’s earlier marriage which ended in divorce.