Who am I and what do I do?
I am a Sydney based researcher, writer, educator, and designer. Through all of these activities I try to pursue my interest in the theory and practice of design for sustainable futures. To help with this project I work with the Sydney Project Otherwise group and participate in Odessey, the project of redirecting design thinking and practice towards sustainment.
To earn my keep I currently work as a sessional lecturer/tutor in the design program at UTS: Insearch. At the moment I am involved in teaching Researching Design History and Design Thinking.
I have also worked as a lecturer/tutor at COFA in the School of Design Studies, at UTS in the School of Design, and at the Whitehouse Institute of Design, Sydney. I have taught courses on qualitative research methods, design history, design thinking, design for sustainability, and studio based design projects. I have also had some experience teaching art and design in NSW secondary schools (see my CV for more information).
In terms of writing and research I have published a range of research papers and articles at conferences, in peer reviewed journals, and freely accessible websites (see my CV).
In terms of design I am involved in occasional collaborative projects and various kind of graphics work, including book publications, exhibitions, and political campaigns. I have worked with other designers and artists and for independent authors, academics, NGOs, university departments, community organisations, and political parties (see my CV).
I graduated in 2010 from the College of Fine Arts UNSW with a Bachelor of Design and a Bachelor of Art Education (Hons. 1st class).
What is a Redirective Practitioner?
The term ‘redirective practitioner’ was coined by design philosopher Tony Fry. It describes someone who is committed to using their practice (whatever that may be) as a means to redirect our practical orientation away from the unsustainable and towards a condition of Sustainment. Redirective practice can be understood as a meta-practice involving an ongoing reflexive and critical examination of your everyday work in order to evaluate what must be done in order to make your practice a source of Sustainment.
A bibliography of works that have influenced me
- Jean Baudrillard, The system of objects
- Pierre Bourdieu, The field of cultural production
- Pierre Bourdieu, Practical Logic
- Albert Borgmann, Technology and the character of contemporary life: a philosophical inquiry. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 1984.
- Michel Foucault, Power/Knowledge
- Michel Foucault, Bio Politics.
- Tony Fry, A New Design Philosophy. 1999.
- Tony Fry, Design as Politics. 2011
- David Harvey, The post-modern condition.
- Martin Heidegger, Being and Time
- Bruno Latour. Reassembling the Social.
- Ezio Manzini, Sustainable Everyday
- Karl Marx. Captial, Volume 1
- Carl Schmitt, The concept of the political.
- Larry Shiner, The Invention of Art: a cultural history.
- Elizabeth Shove, The Design of Everyday Life
- Anne-Marie Willis, Ontological Designing.