Prof. Mario Minichiello
|Work Phone||(02) 4921 5428|
School of Design Communication and IT
The University of Newcastle, Australia
|Office||D209, Design Building|
I went to art school to explore an irrepressible instinct to explain the world visually.
I studied graphic design because I wanted to help change that world for the better. Design and visual communication provides solutions to problems, promotes clarity of thinking and encourages creative ideas. In this way we are developing the human capacity to meet the challenges of our future. The chance to influence how people in any society think and behave, even for a brief moment, is a positive intervention in a world that is increasingly concerned with mindless celebrity, consumerism and self-interest. We have to strive to make life better and not merely make ourselves financially richer.
My current role at the University of Newcastle is to lead my highly professional team of design staff to deliver world class research and the best student experience in order to prepare our graduates for their chosen careers.
- PhD, Loughborough University - UK, 2012
- Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Leicester Polytechnic - England, 1986
- Critical thinking
- Design thinking
- Practice based action research and phenomenology
As a Professor at the University of Newcastle it is my personal responsibility to be an engaging and eloquent advocate for the core values of my discipline at both national and international forums. I am particularly focused on the role of design research and development in relation to climate change, economic betterment and human behaviour. I am also committed to developing a better understanding of the role of drawing as both a language for art and design practice, and as a means of thinking and researching social and personal issues. Examples of the application of this kind of thinking can be seen in the project with Birmingham Children’s Hospital conducted with Professor D Kelly and her team and in the recent Ikon Lunar debates. The purpose of my work is to remediate experience and ideas allowing the viewer to think beyond their normal confines. The activities within visual communication as a discipline have to have social agency as well as economic impact.
While my research activities have developed from my practice as an artist and designer. I believe that design as a means of thinking can be universally applied and that it traverses all disciplines within a University – that at its core it captures the interdisciplinary ethos of my school and attracts many international partners and friends.
Therefore my work in this field is intended to be an authoritative source of reference, instruction and critical thinking, while remaining politically provocative and intellectually disruptive.
This approach has allowed me to make a significant contribution to the discipline of art and design. Which has been achieved through practice based research resulting in academic papers, international conferences, as well as exhibitions, publications and media broadcasts.
- 2010 work accepted into ‘Vortex’: Archive and virtual gallery to further the dialogue on the iconography of war and peace.
- Drawings and adviser role for television series by Hurricane films, war over the generations.
- Contracts with: BBC, Guardian and Financial Times (1986-99)
Fields of Research
|120307||Visual Communication Design (Incl. Graphic Design)||100|
Committee/Associations (relevant to research).
- Common Ground International Arts and Design Conferences Executive
- Lunar Society Executive Committee
- Editor - Common Ground Publishing
- Editor - Arts in Society
National & International Standards Committees.
- Member - The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (UK)
University of Sydney (Australia)
|01/07/2007 - 01/07/2010|
Thinking Through Drawing: In STEAM
London College of the Arts , United Kingdom (Invited Presenter)
Drawing as Visual Communication
6th UNIDCOM/IADE International Conference, Portugal (Invited Presenter)
Shadow Play: Alchemy, Redolence and Enchantment
University of Wales, United Kingdom (Invited Presenter)
Birmingham City University and Regional Universities Group , United Kingdom (Invited Presenter)
The Future World
The Lunar Society , United Kingdom (Invited Presenter)
Making Design That Sells
The Second International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, United States (Key Speaker)
Master of the Universe
Royal College of Art, United Kingdom (Invited Presenter)
'War and Conflict' The Annual Debate
Northampton University, United Kingdom (Invited Presenter)
Informed consent and the role of visual materials
Birmingham Children’s hospital, United Kingdom (Invited Presenter)
- Head of School (Birmingham City Uni UK)
- Academic Director (Loughborough University UK)
- Member of University Governing body (Academic Director University School of Art & Design Loughborough University )
- Research review board (Common Ground Publishing)
- Quality assurance in HE learning and teaching (Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education UK)
- Visual Communication Design