Design for Dementia Studio: with Alzheimer’s Victoria

Lecturers : Dr Judith Glover and Dr Areli Avendano

Research Partners :  Alzheimer’s Victoria

 

Alzheimer Disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia affecting half to 2/3rds of dementia suffers *. Governments and health services worldwide identify it a major health challenge in the coming decades. The Gavan Institute of Medical Research states ‘In 2009 the

No connection: Increasing the connectivity of Victorian rural communities

Studio Lecturer: Rober Eales

Guest Lecturer: Simon Lockrey

Research Partner: Victorian Farmer’s Federation

During this studio we will be working with the Victorian Farmer’s Federation and regional communities in Victoria to explore how to overcome the social and economic isolation that comes with low to no Internet access. If we sidestep the idea that the government will fix

Footprint Tools

with Robert Eales & Dr Soumitri Varadarajan:

Small-acre farmers need tools!  Work in collaboration with the industry partner, an industrial designer and farmer to design tools for this emerging market that can offer great opportunities for designers. (Website coming)

This studio is about,

working with a client group  that is under-served by designers
exploring the huge opportunities available to

Blast Tone

Studio Leaders: Dr Malte Wagenfeld, Eugene Ughetti  & guest specialists

Industry Partner: Speak Percussion

Studio Timetable: Monday 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm & Thursday 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

BLAST TONE is a collaboration with the highly innovative and internationally renowned percussion group ‘Speak Percussion’ and sound artist Philip Samartzis (Bogong Centre for Sound Culture).

In this studio, you will

Eco Moto EV

Studio Leaders: Simon Curlis & Alistair McInnes.

What happens when Silicon Valley takes over from Detroit as a leading influence in transport design?

The rise of Tesla is an interesting shift from the dominance of Detroit only a century earlier. A perfect storm of intellectual and financial capital has demonstrated for us the potential of disruptive businesses

Sustainable Vacation 2013

With Jessica Bird

Sustainable Vacation? Every year 2 million people travel along the Great Ocean Road, some staying a few days, some just doing a whirlwind trip to see the sights. The Otway Ranges and Great Ocean Road serves international and domestic tourists to drive (consume resources) and eat (consume food) and view natural phenomena such

Sleepish: Research to Understand and Design for Drowsiness

Lecturer: Stuart McFarlane with guest researchers from the School of Media and Comms, RMIT University

Studio Timetable: Monday 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm & Wednesday 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Sleep has been a subject of research for several centuries. Current research estimates that there are over one hundred different types of sleep disorders, all of which vary

Assistive Technologies for Positive Ageing

Lecturer : Frank Feltham

Research Partner : Dr Elizabeth Cyarto, NARI.

Australia’s population is ageing. Advances in health care, living standards and technology have contributed to lower fertility rates and increased life expectancy meaning that Australians are living longer and in the future older people will make up a larger percentage of our population* .

This population growth

Dirt Dreams: batch production in slip-cast ceramics

Lecturer: Judith Glover

Ah…the humble porcelain bowl or cup…or is it? Could you make one? Could you make a thousand? Could you make any money? What else could you design and make if you understood the process—the possibilities of form, ornamentation and decoration not available in any other processes?
This studio will explore the rigours of slip-cast

Body Movin’

with Dr Scott Mayson

This studio evolves emerging practices in design where consumers are customising an artefact with a personalised sense of creation. Traditionally, a products form is finalised, pre-manufacture, with little room for evolution. What if advanced design and manufacturing tools afforded the designer the ability to allow consumers to manipulate their designs within a