We are a small, agile and flexible design research group dedicated to improving the human experience for all.

We partner with Torrens University Australia to analyse social issues from a design research perspective and translate these into innovative and viable social enterprise projects.

About

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Dr Philip Whiting

Philip specialises in contemporary design research utilising a continual development of critical design thinking methodology and process. This has enabled

him to understand and cultivate human social need

to maximise the impact of social enterprise and innovation.  Philip worked in the UK as a design research consultant to the Institute for Consumer Ergonomics, part of Loughborough University. Major clients included The Boots Company, Volvo, Shell, 3M/Riker, as well as a number of FMCG businesses.

In Australia he has worked with Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC), Stockland and Westfield’s. He lectures at Torrens University Australia and Griffith University with a focus on Design Research for Innovation and Creativity to address a range of social issues. The pandemic of 2020 will change the way we work

and the way we live from hereon. 

Philip specialises in contemporary design research utilising a continual development of critical design thinking methodology and process. This has enabled him to understand and cultivate human social need to maximise the impact of social enterprise and innovation. 

 

Philip worked in the UK as a design research consultant to the Institute for Consumer Ergonomics, part of Loughborough University. Major clients included The Boots Company, Volvo, Shell, 3M/Riker, as well as a number of FMCG businesses. In Australia he has worked with Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC), Stockland and Westfield’s. He lectures at Torrens University Australia and Griffith University with a focus on Design Research for Innovation and Creativity to address a range of social issues. The pandemic of 2020 will change the way we work and the way we live from hereon. 

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Nina Starkey

Nina is a Swedish/Australian national with over nineteen years of international experience in both commercial and Residential Interior Design. Her work ranges across projects with universities, non-government organisations, cultural heritage organisations, private residential homes, architecture, and furniture design.   

Nina’s journey in Australia originally began in Queensland where she worked as a Designer in the tourist hot spot of Noosa. She is now a full-time Interior Design Lecturer with Torrens University Australia and is passionate about sourcing socially responsible live projects for students to gain real-life experience and practice. She has sourced and run 42 live briefs over the past three years. 

Nina has formal qualifications in Architecture, Interior Design, and Law - after studying in Ljubljana, Stockholm, Venice, Adelaide and Brisbane.

Nina is a Swedish/Australian national with over nineteen years of international experience in both Commercial and Residential Interior Design. Her work ranges across projects with universities, non-government organisations, cultural heritage organisations, private residential homes, architecture, and furniture design. 

 

Nina’s journey in Australia originally began in Queensland where she worked as a Designer in the tourist hot spot of Noosa. She is now a full-time Interior Design Lecturer with Torrens University Australia and is passionate about sourcing socially responsible live projects for students to gain real-life experience and practice. She has sourced and run 42 live briefs over the past three years. 

Nina has formal qualifications in Architecture, Interior Design, and Law - after studying in Ljubljana, Stockholm, Venice, Adelaide and Brisbane.

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Donald Welch

Donald's research explores innovation and creative potential and then how to exploit it for maximum impact. He is able to identify the most effective creative strategies and, more crucially, when and how to apply them. He has demonstrated that creativity may be greatly enhanced in anyone and any situation with the appropriate techniques. Significantly he has also demonstrated the power of collaboration and team creativity— effective teamwork is a key driver in successful innovative and creative outcomes.

 

Donald has experience as a professional designer in both the UK and Australia. For many years he was design consultant to Minale Tattersfield Bryce Design Strategy in Australia. Also teaching for over twenty years at Griffith University where he occupied key managerial roles: Director of the Design Department and Director of the Design Transnational Program (Hong Kong).

Donald's research explores innovation and creative potential and then how to exploit it for maximum impact. He is able to identify the most effective creative strategies and, more crucially, when and how to apply them. He has demonstrated that creativity may be greatly enhanced in anyone and any situation with the appropriate techniques. Significantly he has also demonstrated the power of collaboration and team creativity— effective teamwork is a key driver in successful innovative and creative outcomes. Donald has experience as a professional designer in both the UK and Australia. For many years he was design consultant to Minale Tattersfield Bryce Design Strategy in Australia. Also teaching for over twenty years at Griffith University where he occupied key managerial roles: Director of the Design Department and Director of the Design Transnational Program (Hong Kong).

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Sue Chen

After six years’ experience in corporate tax advice, Sue followed her passion for Interior Design that makes a positive difference to peoples’ lives.  As a professional, organised, creative and intuitive designer, she creates spaces and custom designed furniture that is both inspiring and moving to transcend cultural boundaries.  Sue has developed a strong teaching and mentoring focus as a sessional tutor at the University of Queensland and Torrens University Australia.

Sue creates evocative spaces that stand the test of

time, and inspire people to look beyond themselves

and she sees longevity as the key to interior

environment sustainability. For Sue, Art, Design and Architecture have the benefit of being able to communicate meaning through aesthetic shape

and form that requires no words to be spoken. 

After six years’ experience in corporate tax advice, Sue followed her passion for Interior Design that makes a positive difference to peoples’ lives.  As a professional, organised, creative and intuitive designer, she creates spaces and custom designed furniture that is both inspiring and moving to transcend cultural boundaries.  Sue has developed a strong teaching and mentoring focus as a sessional tutor at the University of Queensland and Torrens University Australia.

Sue creates evocative spaces that stand the test of time, and inspire people to look beyond themselves and she sees longevity as the key to interior environment sustainability. For Sue, Art, Design and Architecture have the benefit of being able to communicate meaning through aesthetic shape and form that requires no words to be spoken. 

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Charles Willmore

Charles is a brand strategy and identity specialist for both commercial products and business to business services. He has a particular experience in the naming process for new and existing brands. Originally working in London for a number of consultancies he has created and maintained brand identities for a range of high profile European and International organisations including: Dutco Hotels, British Midland Airlines and Wentworth Golf Course. In Australia he has worked with Griffith University, Ergon Energy, The University of Queensland, FIIG Securities Limited, Brothers Rugby Club, as well as smaller organisations. He has also lectured and tutored part-time at Queensland College of Art, part of Griffith University, assisting Visual Communication Design students.

Charles is a brand strategy and identity specialist for both commercial products and business to business services. He has a particular experience in the naming process for new and existing brands. Originally working in London for a number of consultancies he has created and maintained brand identities for a range of high profile European and International organisations including: Dutco Hotels, British Midland Airlines and Wentworth Golf Course.

 

In Australia he has worked with Griffith University, Ergon Energy, The University of Queensland, FIIG Securities Limited, Brothers Rugby Club, as well as smaller organisations. He has also lectured and tutored part-time at Queensland College of Art, part of Griffith University, assisting Visual Communication Design students.