Professor Mark Armstrong
Mark Armstrong is a Practice Professor in Design at Monash University, Founder and Director of Blue Sky, one of Australia’s leading design consultancies, a Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia, and an inductee into the Design Hall of Fame.
The Design Department at Monash University has a strategic focus on the Med Tech sector with the formation of Design Health Collab, a design research group focused in the area of Health and Wellbeing. Professor Armstrong provides industrial design expertise to several key medical research projects utilising user centered design methods to change outcomes for patients.
Hospital Acquired Infection resulting from poor Hand Hygiene is a significant problem for society. A collaborative research project is in progress with Industry partners to deliver design interventions that will change behaviour and reduce hospital borne infection. The Diabetic Sensate foot is a chronic condition associated with type two diabetes that results in significant human suffering and significant costs to the health system. In this project participatory design methods are used to deliver interventions for the prevention and early diagnosis of the condition.
Wearable electronic devices including the Gennaris Bionic Eye and Brain Stimulation headgear for the treatment for psychiatric disorders are important design research projects creating IP and translating research findings into commercial outcomes for partners.
Mark is recognised as one of Australia’s foremost designers. He applies a collaborative multi-disciplinary processes to studio-based research to achieve design excellence and innovation. As well as a Practice Professor at Monash University, he was Founder and Director of Blue Sky, one of Australia’s leading design consultancies. Over the last decade, Mark has steered Blue Sky to meet new challenges in the Australian design landscape. His clients include Qantas, Cochlear, ResMed, Breville, Telstra, Coles, Electrolux, Commonwealth Bank, Philips, Caroma, Victa, United Nations, Olympus and Sydney Olympic Committee.