Mr Chris Lawrence

Mr Chris Lawrence

Learning Designer

Learning and Teaching (Design and Natural History Illustration)

Career Summary


After acheiving 1st Class Honours as an undergraduate graphic design student in 2000, I took a position as a web designer and corporate identity designer at an ISP where I became the leading member of a small team of programmers and graphic artists. Soon after, I took a position with iStockphoto as an inspector for international digital illustration contributors, and was one of the key speakers at their 'Vectorypse' digital illustration conference in Melbourne in 2008. During this same period, I accepted a position at the University of Newcastle contributing to the Visual Communication Design Program, delivering courses on graphic design technology, digital illustration, design principles and drawing.

My passion for design education lead me to pursue a research masters in education entitled 'Designing PowerPoint Presentations Using Cognitive Load Theory and Visual Communication Principles' which was completed in 2013. It describes several aspects of both education and design theory that bring a new sense of clarity to instructional design as it applies to delivering university lectures. After a short departure from academic activity managing projects in the construction industry, I returned to UoN as an Instructional Designer, working with the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Research Expertise
Visual Communication and Graphic Design Principles, Cognitive Load Theory

Teaching Expertise
Visual Communication & Graphic Design Principles, Visual Communication & Graphic Design Technology, Digital Illustration, Web Design and Interactivity, Design Studio Professional Practice, Animation and 3D Modeling

Administrative Expertise
Online info systems & database admin, Plagiarism & academic integrity in Design, Policy & constitutional development, Event organisation

I have published on the topics of game design, aesthetics and sematics, retrospective technology, design critiques and visual conceptual development. I am also a member of a cross-institutional team of academics involved in an OLT funded research project investigating non-textual plagiarism.


  • Master of Education, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Design (Graphic), University of Newcastle
  • Graduate Certificate Practice of Tertiary Teaching, University of Newcastle


  • Design Drawing
  • Design Education
  • Digital Illustration
  • Game Design
  • Graphic Design Principles
  • Instructional Design
  • Visual Communication Technology

Professional Experience


Dates Title Organisation / Department
Member - Design in Education Council Australia (DECA) Design in Education Council Australia (DECA)


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

Conference (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Simon, Cook B, Minichiello M, Lawrence C, 'Academic integrity: differences between design assessments and essays', Proceedings of DRS 2014: Design s Big Debates, UmeƄ, Sweden (2014) [E1]
Co-authors Simon, Mario Minichiello
2013 Lawrence CL, Dickinson MR, 'Documenting Verbal Critiques in Design Education', Critique 2013 Conference Proceedings, Adelaide, South Australia (2013) [E1]
Co-authors Michael Dickinson
2007 Lawrence 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-authors Michael Dickinson, Stephan Chalup
2007 Lawrence CC, Dunstan RM, 'A case in point: Addressing attention to detail in design education', ConnectED 2007: International Conference on Design Education. Proceedings, Sydney (2007) [E1]
2006 Lawrence CC, 'Take a Load Off: Cognitive Considerations for Game Design', Procedings of the 3rd Australasian Conference on Interactive Entertainment, Perth (2006) [E1]
2005 Lawrence CC, 'A World Of Your Own: A Constructivistic Learning environment', Research Higher Degree Students Congress June 2004, University of Newcastle (2005) [E2]
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Creative Work (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2003 Lawrence CC, D: Brief - Watt Space Exhibition, Watt Space Gallery, Newcastle (2003) [J2]
2003 Lawrence CC, D:Brief - Intrados Exhibition, Intrados Gallery, Newcastle (2003) [J2]
2003 Lawrence CC, D: Brief - Rocketart Exhibition, Rocketart Gallery, Newcastle (2003) [J2]

Report (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Simon, Cook B, Sheard J, Johnson C, Carbone A, Lawrence C, Minichiello M, 'Plagiarism and related issues in assessments not involving text', Office for Learning & Teaching, 36 (2016)
Co-authors Mario Minichiello, Simon

Grants and Funding


Number of grants 3
Total funding $203,102

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20121 grants / $201,000

Plagiarism and related issues in assessments not involving text$201,000

Funding body: Office for Learning and Teaching

Funding body Office for Learning and Teaching
Project Team Doctor .. Simon, Professor Mario Minichiello, Mr Roger Quinn, Mr Chris Lawrence
Scheme Commissioned Strategic Projects
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1200799
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS

20071 grants / $652

ConnectED 2007, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 8/7/2007 - 12/7/2007$652

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Mr Chris Lawrence
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0187901
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE

20061 grants / $1,450

Joint International Conference on CyberGames and Interactive Entertainment 2006 (CGIE2006), Esplanade Hotel Fremantle WA, 4-6 December 2006$1,450

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Mr Chris Lawrence
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0186960
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE

Mr Chris Lawrence


Learning Designer
Learning Design and Teaching Innovation
Learning and Teaching
Academic Division

Focus area

Design and Natural History Illustration

Contact Details

Phone (02) 498 54540


Room DB.2208
Building Drama Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308