Meghan Kelly and Russell Kennedy (Deakin University)

The Australian Indigenous Design Charter: A ten-step best practice protocol document essential for design educators and practitioners

Abstract:

The Australian Indigenous Design Charter: Communication Design (the Charter), published in 2016, offers ten step best practice protocols for use of indigenous knowledge in commercial communication design. The aim of the Charter is to improve and maintain high ethical standards of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ representation in commercial communication design and recognize and acknowledge the value of Australia’s first nations traditional knowledge. The Charter offers a system of accountability for commercial design practice beyond measures of excellence or impact. The authors of this paper, also the authors Australian Indigenous Design Charter, attest the Charter provides content that urgently needs to be addressed in tertiary design education. Incorporating this document into teaching practice will, in turn, lead to significant changes in the communication design profession as Australia’s design practitioners build best practice protocols into every day working processes.

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Meghan Kelly and Russell Kennedy (Deakin University):

Dr Meghan Kelly

Senior Lecturer, Visual Communication Design

Deakin University, School of Communication and Creative Arts

T: +61 3 924 46332

E: meghan.kelly@deakin.edu.au

 

Meghan Kelly is a Senior Lecturer in Visual Communication Design at Deakin University and currently serves as the Associate Head of School for Teaching and Learning in the School of Communication and Creative Arts. Kelly’s research explores issues surrounding identity creation and representation in a cross-cultural context with a focus on indigenous communities. Her passion for a global understanding of design extends into her teaching practice and continues to be explored in research projects and design opportunities. Together with Kennedy, Kelly has written the Australian Indigenous Design Charter: Communication Design and has travelled to Denmark, Greenland and Sweden to explore its transformation into the International Indigenous Design Charter. Kelly is a member of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA).

 

Dr Russell Kennedy

Senior Lecturer, Visual Communication Design

Deakin University, School of Communication and Creative Arts

T: +61 3 9244 6834

E: russell.kennedy@deakin.edu.au

 

Russell Kennedy is a Senior Lecturer and Course Director of Design at Deakin University. Kennedy’s research is in the area of cultural representation focusing on the relationship of indigenous visual culture to national Identity. Kennedy’s PhD thesis is titled Designing with indigenous knowledge: Policy and protocols for respectful and authentic cross-cultural representation in communication design practice. Kennedy is a Fellow of both the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce (RSA) and the Design Institute of Australia (DIA). He was President of Icograda: The International Council of Communication Design (2009-2011) and a board member (2003 -2013). Kennedy was a Regional Ambassador to INDEX: ‘Design to Improve life’, the Danish Government’s International Award program (2007-2013).