I went to art school to explore an irrepressible instinct to explain the world visually.
I studied graphic design because I wanted to help change that world for the better. Design and visual communication provides solutions to problems, promotes clarity of thinking and encourages creative ideas. In this way we are developing the human capacity to meet the challenges of our future. The chance to influence how people in any society think and behave, even for a brief moment, is a positive intervention in a world that is increasingly concerned with mindless celebrity, consumerism and self-interest. We have to strive to make life better and not merely make ourselves financially richer.
My current role at the University of Newcastle is to lead my highly professional team of design staff to deliver world class research and the best student experience in order to prepare our graduates for their chosen careers.
- PhD, Loughborough University - UK, 17/12/2012
- Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Leicester Polytechnic - England, 18/06/1986
- Critical thinking
- Design thinking
- Practice based action research and phenomenology
As a Professor at the University of Newcastle it is my personal responsibility to be an engaging and eloquent advocate for the core values of my discipline at both national and international forums. I am particularly focused on the role of design research and development in relation to climate change, economic betterment and human behaviour. I am also committed to developing a better understanding of the role of drawing as both a language for art and design practice, and as a means of thinking and researching social and personal issues. Examples of the application of this kind of thinking can be seen in the project with Birmingham Children’s Hospital conducted with Professor D Kelly and her team and in the recent Ikon Lunar debates. The purpose of my work is to remediate experience and ideas allowing the viewer to think beyond their normal confines. The activities within visual communication as a discipline have to have social agency as well as economic impact.
While my research activities have developed from my practice as an artist and designer. I believe that design as a means of thinking can be universally applied and that it traverses all disciplines within a University – that at its core it captures the interdisciplinary ethos of my school and attracts many international partners and friends.
Therefore my work in this field is intended to be an authoritative source of reference, instruction and critical thinking, while remaining politically provocative and intellectually disruptive.
This approach has allowed me to make a significant contribution to the discipline of art and design. Which has been achieved through practice based research resulting in academic papers, international conferences, as well as exhibitions, publications and media broadcasts.
Fields of Research
|120307||Visual Communication Design (Incl. Graphic Design)||100|
Committee/Associations (relevant to research).
- Common Ground International Arts and Design Conferences Executive
- Lunar Society Executive Committee
- Editor - Common Ground Publishing
- Editor - Arts in Society
National & International Standards Committees.
- Member - The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (UK)
University of Sydney (Australia)
|01/07/2007 - 01/07/2010|
|Thinking Through Drawing: In STEAM|
London College of the Arts , United Kingdom (Invited Presenter)
|Drawing as Visual Communication|
6th UNIDCOM/IADE International Conference, Portugal (Invited Presenter)
|Shadow Play: Alchemy, Redolence and Enchantment|
University of Wales, United Kingdom (Invited Presenter)
Birmingham City University and Regional Universities Group , United Kingdom (Invited Presenter)
|The Future World |
The Lunar Society , United Kingdom (Invited Presenter)
|Making Design That Sells|
The Second International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, United States (Key Speaker)
|Master of the Universe|
Royal College of Art, United Kingdom (Invited Presenter)
|'War and Conflict' The Annual Debate|
Northampton University, United Kingdom (Invited Presenter)
|Informed consent and the role of visual materials|
Birmingham Children’s hospital, United Kingdom (Invited Presenter)
- 2010 work accepted into ‘Vortex’: Archive and virtual gallery to further the dialogue on the iconography of war and peace.
- Drawings and adviser role for television series by Hurricane films, war over the generations.
- Contracts with: BBC, Guardian and Financial Times (1986-99)
- Head of School (Birmingham City Uni UK)
- Academic Director (Loughborough University UK)
- Member of University Governing body (Academic Director University School of Art & Design Loughborough University )
- Research review board (Common Ground Publishing)
- Quality assurance in HE learning and teaching (Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education UK)
- Visual Communication Design
For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.
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Book (3 outputs)
|2003||Minichiello MA, Minichiello L, Klimowski A, Willis J, The art of conflict Afghanistan, European Illustration Gallery, Hull, United Kingdom, 30 (2003) [A1]|
|1999||McLean P, Minichiello MA, Morris D, Peter McLean : drawings, Loughborough University, Loughborough, United Kingdom (1999) [A1]|
|1999||Minichiello MA, Rhodes C, Mario Minichiello : drawing and prints 1996-1999, Loughborough University, Loughborough, United Kingdom, 26 (1999) [A1]|
Chapter (3 outputs)
|2013||Minichiello MA, minichiello M, 'Reportage', Sketch your world, RotoVision, London 132-137 (2013)|
|2006||Minichiello MA, 'Art', World fascism : a historical encyclopedia, ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, United States 58-60 (2006) [B1]|
|2006||Minichiello MA, 'Narrative Drawing', Fundamentals of Animation, AVA Publishing, Lausanne, Switzerland 26-27 (2006) [B1]|
Journal article (11 outputs)
|2012||Minichiello MA, 'Political illustration and propaganda in a mass mediated world', VaroomLab, 71-94 (2012) [C1]|
|2012||Minichiello MA, 'Drawing as a means of stimulating memory and aiding recovery', The International Journal of the Image, 2 179-193 (2012) [C1]|
|2009||Minichiello MA, 'I fought the law and the draw won', Varoom: the journal of illustration and made image, Dec 09 70-71 (2009) [C2]|
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Conference (5 outputs)
|2012||Minichiello MA, 'On drawing in mass media contexts', Conference Proceedings: Design Research Society 2012: Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand (2012) [E1]|
|2012||Minichiello MA, 'Drawing for visual communication', Design Research Society (DRS) 2012, Bangkok (2012) [E3]|
|2011||Minichiello MA, 'My arguments with the world', RECTO - VERSO - Redefining the Sketchbook Conference Proceedings, Lincoln University (2011) [E3]|
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Creative Work (13 outputs)
|2013||Minichiello MA, Brazell D, Davies J, becoming a successful Ilustrartor, London (2013)|
|2010||Minichiello MA, Gough [Curator] P, 'Vortex': official war artists, Bristol, United Kingdom (2010) [J1]|
|2007||Bartle R, Bennett T, Crowe N, Cowie N, Dejardin R, Dowling J, et al., Conflict, Scunthorpe, United Kingdom (2007) [J1]|
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Grants and Funding
|Number of grants||3|
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2013 (2 grants)
City Evolutions Project - Watt Street$262,430
Funding Body: Newcastle City Council
|Mr Chris Tucker, Professor Mark Balnaves, Doctor Ning Gu, Professor Mario Minichiello, Associate Professor Stephan Chalup, Doctor Keith Nesbitt|
|Total Amount||Funding Start||Funding Finish|
Digital Public Space: new architectures and finance models for public service media$10,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle
|Professor Mark Balnaves, Professor Mario Minichiello|
|Linkage Pilot Research Grant||Investigator|
|Total Amount||Funding Start||Funding Finish|
2012 (1 grants)
Plagiarism and related issues in assessments not involving text$201,000
Funding Body: Office for Learning and Teaching
|Number of current supervisions||5|
|Total current UoN Masters EFTSL||1.3|
|Total current UoN PhD EFTSL||0.6|
For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.
|Program||Supervisor Type||Research Title|
|2014||2016||M Philosophy (Design)||Principal Supervisor||Defining the Aesthetic of the Successful Ultra-Low Budget Feature Film|
|2014||2018||PhD (Theology)||Co-Supervisor||'Pansies', Patriarchy and Pre-Millennialism: Exposing the Aesthetics of Hyper-Masculine Christianity to the Light of Infinite Beauty|
|2013||2015||M Philosophy (Design)||Co-Supervisor||Habitus and Creative Practice: Cultural Context of the Designer|
|2010||2017||PhD (Comm & Media Arts)||Co-Supervisor||The Odes of Nature: Exploring the Cognitive and Botanical Images in Response to the Book of Songs (Shi Jing)|
|2009||2014||M Philosophy (Design)||Principal Supervisor||The Application of Hand-Rendered Techniques in Modern Day Visual Communication|
Professor Mario Minichiello
|Work Phone||(02) 4921 5428|
|Cell / Mobile Phone||0400541594|
School of Design Communication and IT
Faculty of Science and Information Technology
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Callaghan NSW 2308