Design Guest Lecture Series

This term, Year 11 students studying the new Queensland Certificate of Education Design course have heard from a range of industry professionals. Guest presenters are an important component of the Technologies curriculum, highlighting to students the relevance of their studies to real-world applications.

Director of Jmid and Interior Designer, Ms Jane McConnell, explained how competing features of design need to carefully consider the balance of aesthetic, cultural, economic, social and technical aspects and demonstrated this with her recent pitch for a restaurant in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Digital Product Strategist, Dr Colleen Morgan and Product Manager, Ms Nicky Watson, from Josephmark shared their experiences working in a digital product design agency and venture lab. They provided insight into their careers and affirmed how dynamic, exciting and ever-changing it is to be part of the design profession. A workshop preceded the talk, unpacking several design thinking activities for an app design scenario.

Grammar Woman and JFP Urban Consulting Senior Landscape Architect, Ms Kristine Hiley (1991), presented examples of upcoming completed parks and play spaces. Ms Hiley presented JFP’s newly designed space of the Roma Street Parklands Children’s Garden and Playground. The importance of sustainable design and environmental factors being discussed opened up several engaging discussions about urban planning and design processes.

At the conclusion of Term 1, students will have enjoyed five lectures from guest presenters and one excursion, covering the fields of architecture, interior, fashion, industrial, digital, graphic and landscape design.

Mr Brendon Thomas
Director of Technologies