7.5.24. Panellists Announced for Book Launch

Join QUT Design Lab for lunch to celebrate the launch of four books with a lively facilitated panel discussion with the authors.

The panellists will reflect on the rich array of real-world projects documented in these texts to explore how design methods and mindsets – including co-design, prototyping, and design thinking – facilitate creative problem-solving in diverse healthcare, education and commercial contexts.

Please join us for lunch and hear from Design Lab authors and researchers.

When: 12 noon to 1.30pm, Friday 14 June
Where: Level 5 Function Space (E551), E Block, Kelvin Grove Campus, QUT
RSVP: Please RSVP online by 1 June 2024
Contact: designlab@qut.edu.au

Facilitator: Thea Blackler

Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice, and a Professor in the School of Design at QUT. Thea’s research interests cover the areas of intuitive interaction (in which she is one of the world leaders), older people and technology and design for dementia, and novel technologies for active play for young children.


Dean Brough

Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Design at QUT. Dean’s previous QUT faculty roles include Academic Lead Work Integrated Learning, Director of Studies and Academic Program Director for the School of Design. Dean’s applied research is centred on the intersection of health and design, with a focus on performance and protective apparel and skin cancer prevention.

Lindy Osborne Burton

Associate Professor of QUT School of Architecture and Built Environment. Lindy’s research centres on the integration of Inclusive (belonging), Biophilic (connection to nature), Salutogenic (health and well-being) and Eudaimonic (joy and contentment) architectural approaches in healthcare facility design.

Satyan Chari

Satyan applies cross-disciplinary expertise in human factors engineering, participatory design, complexity science and systems innovation. He is clinically trained in occupational therapy and received a PhD in patient safety from Monash University in which he researched innovative environmental design approaches to reduce inpatient falls. Among other roles in Queensland, Satyan was an international human factors fellow with the Medstar Institute for Innovation in Washington DC in 2016, and Visiting Research Scientist at the Health Systems Engineering Institute in Boston, USA in 2015. Satyan has advised globally on quality innovation programs and is a current member of the Uniting Care Queensland Board Committee for Quality and Care Governance.

Jessica Cheers

User Experience Design, design educator and researcher. Jessica advocates for the use of playful, creative and provocative methods in untangling complex problems, and aims to humanise healthcare through co-design.

Greg Hearn

Research Professor in the School of Design at QUT. Greg’s research examines social, business and future workforce issues in the adoption of innovation. He is a lead researcher in the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Hub and a Chief Investigator in the ARC Training Centre for Collaborative Robotics in Advanced Manufacturing.

Sarah Johnstone

Early career researcher, sessional educator, and emerging design strategist at QUT. Sarah specialises in co-design and ‘designing for diversity’, with a specific interest in developing accessible, inclusive, and low-fi creative engagement methods for engaging with people with varying skill sets, perspectives, and abilities.

Jeremy Kerr

Senior Lecturer in Visual Communication at the School of Design and Program Leader for Design for Health in the QUT Design Lab. Jeremy’s research focus is the exploration and development of design and design methods to advance community capacity building and self-advocacy.

Jock McQueenie

Industry Fellow at QUT and Founder and Director of 3C Projects, a consultancy practice specialising in the design of cross sector and trans disciplinary creative partnerships (3Cs – Community Culture, Commerce). 3C projects contribute to social/digital inclusion, encourage creativity in corporate social investment and provide jobs and professional development for creative professionals throughout Australia and Aotearoa/NZ.

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