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Is the world designed with only men in mind? Why are products for women often coloured pink? Why are so many things made of plastic? How do we embrace First Nations heritage into design thinking? 

We challenged Monash Art, Design, and Architecture's emerging designers to ask bigger and better questions, to speculate and challenge common ways of thinking about the important and difficult themes that concern society. They examined how we live together, particularly when designing for inclusion, gender equity and safety, and sustainability. Join this group of students to hear about how they co-framed big problems and created productive ways to approach challenging discussions.

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This event will be Auslan interpreted.

> Thursday 14 October 2021
> 6PM to 7PM
ACCESS > Live on YouTube and Facebook
> FREE, suitable for practicing artists/designers and emerging arts industry professionals

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About the Speakers

Myra Thiessen

Dr Myra ThiessenĀ is a Lecturer in Communication Design at Monash Art, Design, and Architecture, Monash University. She has rounded experience as a design practitioner, educator, and researcher, with a particular interest in the social impact of design. Her research is focused on cultures of reading and learning, which includes an exploration of how people access, use, and interact with information and the impact of motivation, context, and environment on reading and cognition.

Image > Myra Thiessen. Photograph: Courtesy Myra Thiessen.


Hannah Debuhr is a Design Honours student at Monash University. They are currently designing a project that is all about making sharing underused goods with neighbours easy & enjoyable - offering an alternative way of accessing goods rather than buying them! Hannah has a love of bringing joy and storytelling and combines their experience of doing stand-up comedy with their design practice to show that design can be sustainable & engaging. They aspire to be part of a movement that challenges the need for more new "stuff", and instead designs with a circular approach using what we already have to produce experiences & connections that are beneficial for the people and the planet.

Maryke Laubscher is a Design Honors student from Monash University, with a Bachelor of Industrial Design. Her Honors degree design research has focused on developing Precision Agriculture tools for Small-Scale Australian farmers and has a keen interest in user-centred design.

Naomi Rathee is a Communication Design Honours student at Monash University. Professionally, Naomi works in the public health sector and is actively working towards combining her creative skills for better health solutions. To do this, she is investigating how public health information can be better communicated to culturally and linguistically diverse peoples through communication systems based on ethnographic research. In the future, she hopes to continue developing creative solutions for better public health outcomes.