reFrame: Weaving Indigenous Perspectives in Design

reFrame: Weaving Indigenous Perspectives in Design

  • 31 March 2021, 5–6pm
  • online

Free, RSVP here

Presented by Monash Design.

In this session, we will explore the embodied, situated, social, speculative and reflective orientation of design as a relational practice that can learn from and be deepened by an acknowledgment of Indigenous knowing and being. Part of the reFrame program, this online panel discussion will explore how an Indigenous lens can productively reframe colonial or modernist perspectives on design research, education and professional practice. Reference to existing Indigenous methodologies, research projects and case studies will frame the conversation before opening up for an interactive discussion.


  • Dr Tristan Schultz. Tristan, Gamilaroi Aboriginal and European Australian, is the Director of Relative Creative, a leading strategic design agency, Honorary Adjunct Fellow at UTS and Honorary Principal Research Fellow at RMIT.
  • Professor Lisa Grocott. Lisa, Ngati Kahungunu and Pakeha New Zealander, is the research lead of the Future of Work and Learning program in Monash's Emerging Technologies Research Lab and the Director of WonderLab.
  • Dr Desiree Hernandez Ibinarriaga, Desiree, Mayan, Aztec and Basque Mexican, is a critical co-designer and researcher within Monash's Wominjeka Djeembana Lab.

This event is one of a series of workshops and panels that form reFrame: The Evolving Practice of Design hosted by Monash Design and part of Melbourne Design Week 2021 including:

reFrame: Love About Food
reFrame: Book Club
reFrame: The Seven Grandfathers Teachings as an Indigenous design process
reFrame: Melbourne’s future mobility
reFrame: Envisioning Healthcare
reFrame: CoDesign materials for climate action
reFrame: Making Space for Co-design in the Design of Learning Environments

The urgent, complex social challenges we face call for design to do more than increase profit margins and solve problems. Design must draw on its transformative potential to imagine anew the places where we live, work, learn and play. Over four days the design research labs of Monash University will reframe how we think about futures; mobility, climate, education and healthcare and reframe how we act creatively; through Indigenous knowing, co-designing and augmented realities. Through a series of workshops and discussions researchers, practitioners and the public will together explore ways we can productively amplify the social impact of design.

reFrame is part of Melbourne Design Week 2021, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.

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