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Biography

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.

Qualifications

  • PhD, Loughborough University - UK, 17/12/2012
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Leicester Polytechnic - England, 18/06/1986

Research

Research keywords

  • Critical thinking
  • Design thinking
  • Practice based action research and phenomenology

Research expertise

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

CodeDescriptionPercentage
120307Visual Communication Design (Incl. Graphic Design)100

Memberships

Body relevant to professional practice.

  • Fellow - Birmingham Children's Hospital visiting Professor in Design communication
  • Member - Vroom Lab Association of Illustrator UK

Committee/Associations (relevant to research).

  • Lunar Society Executive Committee
  • Common Ground International Arts and Design Conferences Executive
  • Fellow - DeMonfort University Visiting Professor in Design

Editorial Board.

  • Editor - Common Ground Publishing
  • Editor - Arts in Society

National & International Standards Committees.

  • Member - The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (UK)

Appointments

Research Fellow
University of Sydney (Australia)
01/07/2007 - 01/07/2010

Invitations

Thinking Through Drawing: In STEAM
London College of the Arts , United Kingdom (Invited Presenter)
2012
Drawing as Visual Communication
6th UNIDCOM/IADE International Conference, Portugal (Invited Presenter)
2011
Shadow Play: Alchemy, Redolence and Enchantment
University of Wales, United Kingdom (Invited Presenter)
2010
Employability conference
Birmingham City University and Regional Universities Group , United Kingdom (Invited Presenter)
2010
The Future World
The Lunar Society , United Kingdom (Invited Presenter)
2010
Making Design That Sells
The Second International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, United States (Key Speaker)
2008
Master of the Universe
Royal College of Art, United Kingdom (Invited Presenter)
2008
'War and Conflict' The Annual Debate
Northampton University, United Kingdom (Invited Presenter)
2008
Informed consent and the role of visual materials
Birmingham Children’s hospital, United Kingdom (Invited Presenter)
1998

Collaboration

- 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)

Administrative

Administrative expertise

  • 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)

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Visual Communication Design
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

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Book (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2003Minichiello MA, Minichiello L, Klimowski A, Willis J, The art of conflict Afghanistan, European Illustration Gallery, Hull, United Kingdom, 30 (2003) [A1]
1999Minichiello MA, Rhodes C, Mario Minichiello : drawing and prints 1996-1999, Loughborough University, Loughborough, United Kingdom, 26 (1999) [A1]
1999McLean P, Minichiello MA, Morris D, Peter McLean : drawings, Loughborough University, Loughborough, United Kingdom (1999) [A1]

Chapter (4 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Minichiello MA, 'My arguments with the world', Recto Versro: Redefining the Sketchbook, Ashgate, Farnham, Surrey 177-189 (2014)
2012Anelli L, Minichiello MA, 'Why do designers draw?', Design and Designing: A Critical Introduction, Berg Publishers, New York 82-96 (2012) [B1]
2006Minichiello MA, 'Art', World fascism : a historical encyclopedia, ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, United States 58-60 (2006) [B1]
2006Minichiello MA, 'Narrative Drawing', Fundamentals of Animation, AVA Publishing, Lausanne, Switzerland 26-27 (2006) [B1]
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Journal article (11 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Minichiello MA, 'Political illustration and propaganda in a mass mediated world', VaroomLab, 71-94 (2012) [C1]
2012Minichiello MA, 'Drawing as a means of stimulating memory and aiding recovery', The International Journal of the Image, 2 179-193 (2012) [C1]
2009Minichiello MA, 'I fought the law and the draw won', Varoom: the journal of illustration and made image, Dec 09 70-71 (2009) [C2]
2007Minichiello MA, Minichiello L, 'The Changing Faces of Typographic Fonts', The International Journal of the Arts in Society, 2 65-72 (2007) [C1]
2006Minichiello MA, 'The Art of Conflict (Making Art about Ourselves).', The International Journal of the Arts in Society, 1 141-162 (2006) [C1]
2006Minichiello MA, 'Human Rights, Diversity and Social Justice? Sure, But Only if it Sells!', International Journal of Diversity in Organisations Communities and Nations, 6 49-56 (2006) [C1]
2006Selby A, Minichiello MA, 'Animation Workshops: eLearning for Animation Studies', International Journal of Knowledge Culture and Change Management, 6 171-180 (2006) [C1]
2005Minichiello MA, Selby A, 'Developing Independent Learning Styles', The International Journal of Learning, 12 267-280 (2005) [C1]
2005Minichiello MA, 'Head, Heart and Hand: Narrative Drawing is the First Language of the World', International Journal of Diversity in Organisations Communities and Nations, 5 23-52 (2005) [C1]
2002Minichiello MA, ''and then they left...' From Students To Professionals', Association of Illustrators. Journal, 2002/2003 (2002) [C1]
2002Minichiello MA, 'The Practice Of Drawing', Association of Illustrators. Journal, 2002/2003 (2002) [C2]
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Conference (5 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Minichiello MA, 'On drawing in mass media contexts', Conference Proceedings: Design Research Society 2012: Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand (2012) [E1]
2012Minichiello MA, 'Drawing for visual communication', Design Research Society (DRS) 2012, Bangkok (2012) [E3]
2011Minichiello MA, 'My arguments with the world', RECTO - VERSO - Redefining the Sketchbook Conference Proceedings, Lincoln University (2011) [E3]
2005Minichiello MA, 'The language of type and image in newsprint', Temporary Type: Proceedings of the Fourth annual Friends of St Bride Library conference, St Brides Museum of Type, London (2005) [E2]
2004Minichiello MA, 'The Art of Conflict Afghanistan: Things Unseen and the End of the World as we know it', International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, California, LA (2004) [E1]
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Creative Work (16 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Minichiello MA, The Sleep of Reason, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK (2014)
2013Minichiello MA, Brazell D, Davies J, Becoming a Successful Illustrator, London (2013) [J3]
2013Minichiello MA, minichiello M, Reportage, London (2013) [J3]
2012Minichiello MA, My War Northern Stories, UK (2012)
2010Minichiello MA, Gough [Curator] P, 'Vortex': official war artists, Bristol, United Kingdom (2010) [J1]
2007Bartle R, Bennett T, Crowe N, Cowie N, Dejardin R, Dowling J, et al., Conflict, Scunthorpe, United Kingdom (2007) [J1]
2006Minichiello MA, Hardlines, Leicester, United Kingdom (2006) [J1]
2005Minichiello MA, Spicer [Curator] G, 'ILL-US-TRA-SHUN' the art of contemporary illustration, Leicester, United Kingdom (2005) [J1]
2003Minichiello MA, 'The Art of Conflict', Hull, United Kingdom (2003) [J1]
2001Minichiello MA, Minichiello's Sex, Lies and Drawings, London, United Kingdom (2001) [J1]
2001Minichiello MA, Bell S, Gerrell S, Mario Minichiello, Steve Bell and Spike Gerrell, Suffolk, United Kingdom (2001) [J1]
2000Minichiello MA, Mario Minichiello:commissions, personal journals, reportage, Hull, United Kingdom (2000) [J1]
1999Minichiello MA, Visual Language, Leicester, United Kingdom (1999) [J1]
1999Minichiello MA, Read in Truth and Claw: The Guardian Newspaper Gallery Folio Show, London, United Kingdom (1999) [J1]
1995Minichiello MA, Festival of Illustration, Suffolk, United Kingdom (1995) [J1]
1993Minichiello MA, Printmaker's Council, London, United Kingdom (1993) [J1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants4
Total funding$493,430

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2014 (1 grants)

Matters directly relating to crucial networking associated with the planned EU grant application.$20,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

Project Team
Professor Mario Minichiello
SchemeRole
Strategic Initiative Research Fund (SIRF)Chief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$20,00020142014
GNo:G1401041

2013 (2 grants)

City Evolutions Project - Watt Street$262,430
Funding Body: Newcastle City Council

Project Team
Mr Chris Tucker, Professor Mark Balnaves, Doctor Ning Gu, Professor Mario Minichiello, Associate Professor Stephan Chalup, Doctor Keith Nesbitt
SchemeRole
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$262,43020132013
GNo:G1201004

Digital Public Space: new architectures and finance models for public service media$10,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Professor Mark Balnaves, Professor Mario Minichiello
SchemeRole
Linkage Pilot Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00020132013
GNo:G1300806

2012 (1 grants)

Plagiarism and related issues in assessments not involving text$201,000
Funding Body: Office for Learning and Teaching

Project Team
Mr .. Simon, Professor Mario Minichiello, Mr Roger Quinn, Mr Chris Lawrence
SchemeRole
Commissioned Strategic ProjectsInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$201,00020122014
GNo:G1200799
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions6
Total current UoN Masters EFTSL1.3
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL1.2

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142016M Philosophy (Design)Principal SupervisorDefining the Aesthetic of the Successful Ultra-Low Budget Feature Film
20142018PhD (Theology)Co-Supervisor'Pansies', Patriarchy and Pre-Millennialism: Exposing the Aesthetics of Hyper-Masculine Christianity to the Light of Infinite Beauty
20142018PhD (Design)Principal SupervisorAn Exploration of the Semiotics of Visual Storytelling in Children's Picture-Books: An Exploration of Visual Language from the Perspective of the Practitioner as Language-Learner
20132015M Philosophy (Design)Co-SupervisorHabitus and Creative Practice: Cultural Context of the Designer
20102017PhD (Comm & Media Arts)Co-SupervisorThe Odes of Nature: Exploring the Cognitive and Botanical Images in Response to the Book of Songs (Shi Jing)
20092014M Philosophy (Design)Principal SupervisorHand-Rendering in Contemporary Visual Communication
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Professor Mario Minichiello

Work Phone(02) 4921 5428
Cell / Mobile Phone0400541594
Email
PositionProfessor
School of Design Communication and IT
Faculty of Science and Information Technology
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Office
D209,
Design Building,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/mario-minichiello