KEYNOTE PROFILES

Tom Halsør, Norway

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Tom Halsør has over 15 years of practice in design; ranging from strategic design to board game design, from interaction design to information visualization. He has worked as a special advisor in visualizing data for Statistic Norway. During that time, he was a member of Eurostat’s Visualization Task Force.

He is currently working full time at The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, within the area of interaction and information design. He is an advocate for the value of cross collaboration among different professions and works closely with journalists, researchers, scientists and activists. Tom’s work has been awarded for being innovative and powerful in the service of understanding. He is an acclaimed international speaker and teach at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts and Central St Martins University in London.

Whenever there is time, he loves to sail, passionately observing clouds.

Russell Kerr, Australia

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Russell Kerr is an Activist and Educator based in Melbourne, Australia. From 2006 until 2011 he was the Program Director at The Works, Communication Design for Social Change at RMIT University. From 2010 until 2012 he was the Program Director of Honours Design in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University, and the research leader for the Advocacy Lab, an interdisciplinary research laboratory in the School of Media and Communications honours program. Currently he is the program director of the Graduate Diploma in Graphic Design and the stream co-ordinator and the Advanced Creative Practice stream of the Master of Communication Design.

Russell has a Masters in Public Advocacy and Action from Victoria University and a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design with Honours from the University of Ballarat. Russell’s primary research interests traverse the areas of community based design, graphic agitation and social responsibility in graphic design education.

His current research stream investigates the contested field of Social Design specifically focusing on how social practice relates to Communication Design. The research examines the fields of sustainability, ethics, human-centered design and values-based design exploring how social relations in Communication Design practice are made explicit. The aim of this research is to rethink the social practice of Communication Design and develop a new body of knowledge that offers a sustainable framework for the values-based practice of Communication Design.

Russell has extensive professional experience in the design industry, he spent three years working at one of Australia’s premier design studios Inkahoots before moving on to set up his own studio Transfer Press. Russell continues to practice design working with grassroots community organizations and creating street based art and screen-printed posters with political content. Russell’s work is in the permanent collections of the State Library of Victoria and the Centre for the Study of Political Graphics, Los Angeles. Russell is a founding member of the Design for Community participatory design movement.

His primary research interests traverse the areas grassroots visual communication, graphic agitation and social responsibility in graphic design education. He is particularly interested in how youth’s creation and consumption of media effects the formulation of their views on the world in which they live. Russell’s current research explores collaborative relationships between education institutions and how these relationships can foster students experiences which examine social and political issues. He is also interested in how different environments influence approaches to communication problems.

Angela Morelli, UK

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Angela Morelli is an Italian information designer based in Norway. She gained her MA in Communication Design from Central St Martins, where she specialised in Information Design. She previously gained a degree in Engineering from Politecnico di Milano and an MA in Industrial Design. She has collaborated with a number of research organizations in Europe. She is an advocate of environmental issues through the use of info-graphic stories and collaborates with the scientists at the Knowledge Centre in Oslo with the aim of communicating medical information to doctors, patients and policy makers. Angela believes that understanding does not result from pouring more and more facts on our audience, no matter what degree of scientific literacy or numeracy they have. We have to communicate with people through telling stories in a way that is both clear, engaging and has meaning for their way of life. She is an international speaker and Associate Lecturer at Central St Martins in London and at the Oslo National Academy of Art and Design. She serves as an ambassador for virtual water and water footprint research, and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Dr. Sarah Pink, Australia

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Sarah Pink is Professor of Design and Media Ethnography in the Design Research Institute and the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University, Professor of Social Sciences at Loughborough University, UK, and from 2013 will also take up a Professorship in Applied Social and Cultural Analysis at Halmstad University Sweden. She also has an honorary Professorship at Centre for Cultural Research at Griffith University.

Sarah’s work is usually international and interdisciplinary and brings together theoretical scholarship with applied practice, working often at the interface between ethnography and design. Current research themes include digital media in everyday life, sensory and tacit ways of knowing and ethnography/design futures. These are developed across a range of research council and industry funded projects in Australia and the UK, focusing on energy demand reduction (EPSRC, UK), standby power (RMIT seedcorn), ways of knowing in occupational safety and health (IOSH, UK), locative media (ARC and Intel, Australia) and laundry (Unilever). At RMIT University she is also part of an interdisciplinary group working on the relationship between Design+Ethnography+Futures. Her recent books include Doing Visual Ethnography (2013, 3rd edition), Situating Everyday Life: practices and places (2012), Advances in Visual Methodology (2012) and Doing Sensory Ethnography (2009).

 Dr. Oliver Vodeb, Australia 

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Dr Oliver Vodeb is a Slovenian sociologist of communication and design, researcher, theorist, educator and public communication practitioner. He is interested in the use of communication and art for designing social futures and believes that communication and design practices need to change fundamentally if they want to be relevant in times of radical uncertainty and environmental degradation.

Dr Vodeb is a member of the communication/ theory/arts Memefest Kolektiv and founder, facilitator, curator and editor of the Memefest Festival of Socially Responsive Communication and Art. Among others, he is author of the monograph Socially responsive communication, has co-edited and co-curated the books Demonstrating Relevance: Response-Ability, Theory, Practice and Imagination of Socially Responsive communication. He is co-editor of the Memefest book series Interventions, his next book publication Indebted to Intervene, Critical Lessons in debt, communication, art and theoretical practice is scheduled for early 2014. With his communication studio Poper he has among other works co directed/ authored the biggest self-initiated human rights campaign in Slovenia for the “Erased” people.

From 2011 he was teaching and researching at the design department, Queensland College of Art/ Griffith University where he was teaching, researching and leading the Design Futures Visual communication program. From 2014 he will be teaching and researching in the Communications Design program at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne.