Adjunct Professor Mark Armstrong

Adjunct Professor Mark Armstrong

Adjunct Professor Mark Armstrong

Department of Design

Mark Armstrong is an Adjunct 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. Adjunct 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. He was formerly Director of Health Collab and a Practice Professor at Monash University. He was also 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.

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Hand Hygiene Compliance

Positive behaviour change through design.

Intelligent Footware

Creating an intelligent shoe to monitor the symptoms of people with diabetes.

Venous Access

Improving the efficacy and experience of Venous Access.

Mobile Stroke Imager

A lightweight mobile stroke imager designed to fit into standard ambulances and provide faster stroke diagnosis at the point of care.

Asthma nebuliser / PALM

Breathing new life into asthma treatment using the PALM of their hand.


Improving blood donor retention through design.

Hobart Smarter Bus Stop and Shelter Competition

Design for a modular bus stop and shelter that promotes connection, reducing waiting anxiety and enhancing the overall travel experience.