Newsletter • QUT Design Lab ➤ November 2020

Well done Design Lab members!

It’s hard to believe the year we’ve had. This unusual year has gone both very fast and very slow – but we are fast approaching the end. And, despite all the challenges, 2020 has been an extremely productive for QUT Design Lab researchers, as you can see from the 2020 QUT Design Lab Overview  thank you everyone for achieving so many research goals during this difficult year!

DL members have secured over $16M of research grants, with 70+ publications – 77% Q1!  That’s a real achievement we should be justifiably proud of – and to celebrate, we are having a face-to-face (with a COVID-plan) event at Z4 THE HUT KG (the Design Lab space) in on 8 December 4pm – 7pm – this is an opportunity to connect with everyone, so please attend if you can and RSVP to the diary invitation, for catering and COVID purposes.

QUT’s repositioning has encouraged us to pause and reflect on the role of the QUT Design Lab, and how we will adapt to the challenges of a post-pandemic world and the split of the School of Design, across two faculties. It is my intention that we stay connected through the Design Lab – we will continue to play to our strengths, capitalising on our uniqueness as designers and researchers who believe in the power of design.

We recently held several discussion sessions on existing program names, and I (and the DL leadership team) have also discussed this individually with people and in program meetings. Thank you for your engagement and honest feedback. We have made some minor changes, splitting the current Technologies of Tomorrow program in two (to acknowledge the significant achievements of the Design Robotics group) and have also moved to a co-leadership model, trying to ensure researchers from both faculties (and across QUT) are represented. We are working towards finalising refreshed programs and leaders.

I know you join me in thanking and welcoming the QUT Design Lab Leadership Team. 2020 has been a weird year – so I am taking much of December and January off, and I encourage you to plan to do the same, if at all possible, so that we come into 2021 refreshed and ready to go!

Prof Evonne Miller


Upcoming Events


Recent Events

  • 7 Senses Celebration : 7 Speakers speak for 7 minutes on the 7 senses – Recording available here [Deb Cushing]
  • Global Voices : a dialogue on design & health responses to COVID-19 – Recording available here [Lisa Scharoun]
  • Write that Article: a 2 day workshop for ECR’s [KLG Writing]
  • AHNQ Lunch Series: Talking arts, health & wellbeing [Evonne Miller]
  • International Research Symposium of Geographies on Healthy China 2030: Blockchain & Sustainability [Marcus Foth]
  • How to Writing a Book: tips & tricks for HDRs & ECRs – Recording available here [Deb Cushing, Sean Maher, Alice Payne]
  • Conversation Series – Using field study research to inform lighting design practice: Post occupancy evaluations of daylighting design in buildings – Recording available here  [Veronica Garcia Hansen]
  • Design for Impact Summit – the event is intended to showcase a best practice model for youth engagement and consultation in the design of the future Sunshine Coast.  Updated details available here [Natalie Wright]


Awards & Successes

Congratulations to Janice Rieger, her team from QUT Design Lab and QUT Art Museum, who together won a National Award for the exhibition Vis-ability. This is the highest achievement for museum and galleries in Australia and awarded by a national jury from the Australian Museums and Galleries Association. Read more here.

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