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Dr Michael Dickinson

Senior Lecturer

School of Design Communication and IT (Design and Natural History Illustration)

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Michael Dickinson is a Senior Lecturer in Design and Natural History Illustration at the University of Newcastle. His primary research interest centres on the relationship between design practice and design theory. He has also conducted research in the areas of industrial product design, glass materials processing, design in robotics, and the theoretical principles underpinning design. He has successfully secured funding for various research projects, including an ARC research grant for his Masters thesis based on photovoltaic solar energy-converting roof tiles. The aims of this project were two-fold; first to render theoretical ideas into drawings and images that could communicate to both general and specialist audiences, and second to transform ideas into realisable experiments, outcomes and commercial opportunities.

Prior to academia, Dr Dickinson began his career designing sets and special effects for television and film production. He later delved into commercial design, working as part of a collective to design consumer products like clothing, diaries, chairs and light fittings. His diverse and practice-oriented career has made him adept at finding design solutions to problems, which feeds into his teaching of studio and theory-based design courses. Dr Dickinson has supervised many student projects at the Honours and Masters level in areas such as photography, interactive multi-media, magazine design and controversy in design. Additionally, he has also exhibited his work in various galleries in Newcastle.

Research Expertise

I have expertise in design theory, photovoltaic research, design for manufacturing, glass materials processing

Teaching Expertise
I have expertise in both studio and theory based subjects within the design field delivered to both undergraduate and post graduate students

Administrative Expertise
-- Assessed ARC grants, -- Head of Discipline for Visual Communications -- Student Academic Conduct Officer


Qualifications

  • PhD (Design), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Arts (Design), University of Technology Sydney
  • Master of Design (Honours), University of New South Wales

Keywords

  • Design

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
120399Design Practice and Management not elsewhere classified100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2014 - Senior LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Design Communication and IT
Australia
11/04/2007 - 31/07/2007LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
Centre for Teaching and Learning
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/1994 - 1/01/2000LecturerThe University of New South Wales
School of Design Studies
Australia
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Publications

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


Conference (13 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Lawrence CL, Dickinson MR, 'Documenting Verbal Critiques in Design Education', Critique 2013 Conference Proceedings, Adelaide, South Australia (2013) [E1]
2009Dickinson MR, Turner PD, 'Development of a biomimetic robotic bear: Or is a bare bear bearable?', ROBIO 2008 Proceedings, Bangkok, Thailand (2009) [E1]
DOI10.1109/robio.2009.4912971
2009Turner PD, Dickinson MR, 'HyKim: Development of a robot bear: Bringing the strength and robustness of a bear's biomimetic features to a robot', ROBIO 2008 Proceedings, Bangkok, Thailand (2009) [E1]
DOI10.1109/robio.2009.4912972
CitationsScopus - 1
2008Dickinson MR, 'Illuminating the experience of design through the unexpected: A lover, two lights and a murder', Designing Designers: Light as an Architectural Matter - Lighting Design: International Conference of University Courses in Design 2007, Milan, Italy (2008) [E2]
2007Dickinson MR, 'A re-assessment of design thinking through the experience of jury duty in a murder trial', ConnectED'07, International Conference of Design Education. Proceedings, Sydney (2007) [E1]
2007Lawrence CC, Dickinson MR, Chalup SK, 'Designing charm: Harnessing the affective power of form in robotic development', ConnectED'07, International Conference of Design Education. Proceedings, Sydney (2007) [E1]
Co-authorsStephan Chalup
2006Chalup SK, Dickinson MR, Fisher RD, Middleton RH, Quinlan MJ, Turner PD, 'Proposal of a Kit-Style Robot as the New Standard Platform for the Four-Legged League', Proceedings of the 2006 Australasian Conference on Robotics & Automation, Auckland, New Zealand (2006) [E1]
Co-authorsRichard Middleton, Stephan Chalup
2005Dickinson MR, 'Design: a harnessing of unintelligible causes', Design Systems Evolution: EAD 06, Bremen, Germany (2005) [E1]
2004Dickinson MR, 'Design scholarship: as we explore looking outwards to the theoretical principles and practice of other disciplines, is anyone looking at us?', Enhancing Curricula, Barcelona, Spain (2004) [E1]
2003Dickinson MR, 'The 'story' as an alternative mechanism for revealing the silent language of objects', ACUADS Conference 2003, University of Tasmania, Tasmanian School of Art (2003) [E1]
2003Eddison AJ, Dickinson MR, 'Design research and the five-legged dog', Doctoral Studies in Education and the Creative and Performing Arts - Program & Abstract Book, Newcastle, Australia (2003) [E2]
2003Dickinson MR, 'Umm and the Matchbox 'The Object of Desire and the Desired Object'', International Conference on Designing Pleasurable Products and Interfaces dppi03, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA (2003) [E1]
2002Dickinson MR, Clement CA, 'An Analysis of Developments Arising from Technology', Future History Papers, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst and University of Illinois, Chicago (2002) [E2]
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Creative Work (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2003Dickinson MR, D: Brief - Rocketart Exhibition, Rocketart Gallery, Newcastle, Australia (2003) [J2]
2003Dickinson MR, D: Brief - Intrados Exhibition, Intrados Gallery, Newcastle, Australia (2003) [J2]
2003Dickinson MR, D: Brief - Watt Space Exhibition, Watt Space Gallery, Newcastle, Australia (2003) [J2]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants6
Total funding$13,533

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20081 grants / $2,500

IEEE ROBIO 2008 International conference on robotics and biominetics, Bangkok, Thailand, 14/12/2008 - 17/12/2008$2,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Michael Dickinson
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0189672
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20071 grants / $1,700

Designing Designers 2007 International Convention of University Courses in Design, Milan Italy, 18/4/2007 - 23/4/2007$1,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Michael Dickinson
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2007
Funding Finish2007
GNoG0187670
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20051 grants / $2,400

EAD06 design>system>evolution: 6th International Conference of the European Academy of Design, 29 - 31 March 2005, Germany$2,400

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Michael Dickinson
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2005
Funding Finish2005
GNoG0185181
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20041 grants / $2,400

2nd International Conference CLTAD: Enhancing Curricula: Towards the Scholarship of Teaching in Art, Design and Communications, 15 - 16 April 2004, Spain$2,400

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Michael Dickinson
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2004
Funding Finish2004
GNoG0183954
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20031 grants / $2,400

DPPI 03 International Conference on Designing pleasurable Products and Interfaces, Pittsburgh, PA, USA 23-26 June, 2003$2,400

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Michael Dickinson
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2003
Funding Finish2003
GNoG0183044
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20021 grants / $2,133

'Future History'$2,133

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Michael Dickinson
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2002
Funding Finish2002
GNoG0182548
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2012The Power of Drawing: Art for Health's Sake
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

YearResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2012The Relevance of the Graphic Novel as a Form of Visual Communication
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Principal Supervisor
2008Navigational System and Desktop Environment Design Within the Virtual Space
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, Faculty of Science and Information Technology
Sole Supervisor
2006Naomi Ross Graphic design within government advertising
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2006Mark Taggart Is typographic knowledge of any significance to a designer?
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2006Kjetil Skaug The Muhammad cartoons: Understanding the controversy
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2006Brooke Partridge How does the designer's unique identity affect the creative process?
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2006Angela Vangelov Event design: An investigation into the relationship that exists between an event and its visual identity
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2006Emily Quail An investigation into developing environmental awarness through advertising campaigns in Australia
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2006Nicole Leary How does the relationship between the graphic designer and thier client affect the design process
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2006Abby Farmer Does culture jamming affect brand equity?: Asocially responsible design perspective
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2006Clare Gleeson How does graphic design create change in society?
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2005Felicity Moore Photography in the Digital Age: How good is a pixel anyway?
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2005Nicole Meikle, Illustration that draws fashion design
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2005Christopher Sutherland Interactive Design: analysing interactive multimedia and it's potential as a self-promotional medium.
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2005Peta Coulin Magazines: the role that design plays.
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2005Selina Wegener How design is changing to remain relevant in today's increasingly fast paced international marketplace
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2005Alanna Jang The role of the graphic designer in defining corporate identity
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2005Louise Osborn Does design study reflect design practice?
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2005Louis Shea Illustration and the digital revolution
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2004Ian Dowling Album cover design: the relationship between audio consumption and visual packaging.
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2004Stuart Baumann Design: art or science?
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2004Rachel Symons The practical acquisition and application of knowledge in the design layout of posters.
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2004Victoria Jean Bell Good and bad design; a journey of self discovery as a designer
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2004Ruwandi Perera Digital mayhem; typography in graphic design today.
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2004Peta Coulin Magazines: the role that design plays
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2004Jenny Drayton Use of colour in graphic design: colour psychology, connotations and effects.
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2004the Simpsons: Why is it so successful?
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2004Therese Olsen The muse within: discovering the design process as a tool for planned creativity.
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2004Anthony Healey, Exploring the design of an interactive website
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2003Michael Widgery Interface design and its interactivity
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2003Rikki Gilbert Illustration and design: A study of examples of successful usage of illustration in answer to commercial design briefs
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2003Matt Mckey Why is japanese animation apealling to Australian youths?
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2003Adam Wilson Why are you telling me this: An investigation into what should be shown and said for a successful employment application in the Visual Communication Industry
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2003Lachlan Webb Rebels with a cause: The ethical struggle in design culture
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2003Daniel Massey The future of album cover design: Why downloadable music will make the internet the new cover
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2003Britt Katrin Voernes, Tuning in
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2003Shannon Harty What is cutting edge magazine design: A survey and analysis of the medium
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2002Jessica Mayhew An exploration of the impact on the film industry of stop-motion animation
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2002Leigh Pasfield 2D animation, a time and a place: Exploring the music video and the appropriate utilisation of 2D animation within the industry
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2002Liam Hogan What are the implications of new technology for the graphic designer
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2002Katrina Ryl Why use motion graphics instead of traditional graphic design?: An analysis from an industry perspective
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2002Daniel Lynch Outlaw Art: Deconstructing Modern Graffiti
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2002Jenny Lui Historical and modern attitudes of animation: From its marginalised status to its rise of popularity
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Michael Dickinson

Position

Senior Lecturer
School of Design Communication and IT
Faculty of Science and Information Technology

Focus area

Design and Natural History Illustration

Contact Details

Emailmichael.dickinson@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4921 6397
Fax(02) 4921 8970

Office

RoomD2-04
BuildingDesign
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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