Malcolm Thomas

Malcolm formally trained in 3 Dimensional design specialising in furniture design. His Masters culminated in a project investigating fixing systems that required no glue or metal fasteners. The idea of how something goes together and influences form remains one of his many fascinations.

Arriving in Australia Malcolm worked in the Interior design departments of Architectural practices

Critical Information

 

Key Dates:

19 – 29 March:  KISD students in Melbourne

04 – 15 June: RMIT students @ KISD in Cologne Germany

 

Theme: Design Factory; enterprise formation, furniture & object focus; from conception to market.

Extra trave time: At the end of the studio – 15th June – you will have about 4 weeks of free travel time

Expenses: There will

Health Care Co-Design

Studio Tutor: Simon Curlis

Studio Partner: RMIT University and Royal Children’s Hospital.

This studio addresses concerns in the field of healthcare provision within the hospital ecosystem as a Co-Design project.

This Studio proceeds workshops with Health care staff who have highlighted issues in their professional practice.
You will work in groups and individually to investigate, analyse, and provide solutions

Creative Strategies for Physical Health: designing interactive applications for creative active living

With Frank Feltham (RMIT) and Lian Loke, Design Lab, University of Sydney

Research Partner:  Assoc. Professor Emmanuel Stamatakis, Charles Perkins Centre , USyd.

Three key challenges for healthy sustainable living point to a pressing need for rethinking the design of devices and environments to better support physical health and well-being. With the advent of the compact city, it

Behaviour Changing Products

Semester 1, 2013

With Leyla Acaroglu

Everything that we design influences our behaviours and changes the way we do things and our perceptions of the world. This studio is all about finding and solving real world problems by designing behaviour changing products and then communication them to the world.

Flies etched into urinals to reduce spillage, kettles that

Book—Lab

Georgia Hutchison and Sophie Gaur

Book Lab addresses the spatiality, culture and intangibility of reading. The traditional artifact of the ‘book’ is transforming, mutating. New forms are celebrated: art book fairs, independent publishing, handmade books, podcast libraries, long-form and micro-publishing, twitter feeds, publication as exhibition, storytelling nights and reading rooms, book clubs, etcetera.

This studio explores and celebrates the

Absurdity and your ID

Tutor: Rob Eales

Friday 1:30 – 4:30

As designers, we are expected to work rationally and reasonably. However, there are other ways to design and by shifting our viewpoint and considering the absurd, the ridiculous and the silly we can develop alternative ways of designing and other ideas about the practice and roles of designers.
During the course,

Augmented Bodies: The Crafting of Wearable Technology

Studio Tutors: Emma Luke and Dr Scott Mitchell

This studio explores the body as a site of interaction and expression. Located at the meeting of emergent digital technologies and contemporary jewellery design practice, the studio asks students to imagine, design, develop and prototype new wearable objects for communication, self representation, and augmentation.

The ever increasing availability of low

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

The Re-Usefuls Project

 

When: Mondays 1.30-4.30 & Thursdays 1.30-4.30

Lecturers: Nick Johns, Bonnie So & Dr Liam Fennessy

Partner: Sustainability Victoria

As we watch our household recycling industry falter –  with the local market value of recycled materials collapsing, and off-shore processors refusing to accept our post-consumer packaging waste – we are facing major environmental and resource availability challenges.

These challenges are ultimately design problems,