Professor Mario Minichiello

Professor Mario Minichiello

Professor - Design

School of Creative Industries

A design coup

In 2012, world-renowned designer, illustrator, artist and academic Professor Mario Minichiello joined the University of Newcastle to help foster national and international collaboration.

Mario Minichiello Officially appointed as the Head of the discipline of Design, Professor Minichiello has a reputation for innovation, taking risks and developing different ways of thinking.

Although born in Italy, Professor Minichiello started his professional career in the United Kingdom. He worked for seven years for BBC Newsnight as a reportage illustrator making drawings for events such as the Spycatcher Trials, and pre-television coverage of the House of Commons, including the Guildford Four appeals and Beirut Hostage releases.

During his 15 year career he has also worked for the Guardian, The FT, Amnesty International, the Terence Higgins Trust, BBC Enterprises, Longmans, The Times and ITN News.

Professor Minichiello's most brazen post was when he worked as an artist during the Afghanistan War. During this time be created the book, The Art Of Conflict?, which is a record of reportage drawings of the war.

Professor Minichiello also covered the 2007 APEC Summit in Sydney with a range of drawings published in the Sun Herald.

In research, Professor Minichiello is focused on the role of design and visual communication in the areas of climate change, economic betterment and human behaviour.

"I went to art school to explore an irrepressible instinct to explain the world visually," he says. "I studied graphic design because I wanted to help change that world for the better."

Professor Minichiello says 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."

Professor Minichiello has received acclaim from many in his industry and beyond.

"Mario Minichiello's work grabs your eyes, your brain, your whole self," said BBC Worldwide Publishing Director Martin Mulloy.

"Some drawings impress with their emotion and humanity, others impress with their technique; Mario's do both and, what is even better, because of the nature of their questioning, they make even this most cynical old hack want to go out and draw the world afresh," said cartoonist Steve Bell.

"The [Spycatcher Trials] case generated a flood of witty political cartoons, but one of the most memorable contributions were the sketches by Mario Minichiello of the court room drama. Mario Minichiello's work vividly recalls important happenings that are beyond the gaze of most members of the public in a world in which the camera continues to be excluded from the courtroom," said Law Lord Anthony Lester QC.

Professor Minichiello's current role is to lead the team of design staff to deliver world class research, as well as prepare the next generation of visual communications students for enriching and successful careers.

Since joining the University it hasn't taken Professor Minichiello long to make a name for himself. Minichiello is the man behind the striking range of illustrations for strategic documents such as The Innovator and NeW Directions Strategic Plan 2013-2015. Professor Minichiello is also the Head of the  newly formed Hunter Centre for Creative Industries and Technology, a research cluster that brings together representatives from a industry, business, government and the university to develop research breakthroughs and new ways of thinking.

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My War – Northern Stories (Hurricane films) - featuring some of Mario's illustrations.

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Mario Minichiello

A design coup

In 2012, world-renowned designer, illustrator, artist and academic Professor Mario Minichiello joined the University of Newcastle to help foster national and in

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Career Summary


My role at the University of Newcastle in Visual Communication Design is to ensure that we continue to be the leading Design school in Australia for graduate employment. And that we develop novel research that impacts positively on human behaviour, health, the environment and provides a competitive advantage to business and industry. 

Research Expertise

My research is drawn from more than 20 years as a leading practitioner in the visual communication design industry and as a senior academic in four top ranked international universities.  Through by research activities I am able to better understand future trends, this is informed both by the current academic literature and the lived experience of practice in industry, including working with health care providers.

Over the past 20 years I have formed a number of research centres, which have attracted over five million pounds in external funding. My current research team are exploring a range of interdisciplinary problems related to aspects of human behaviour and societal challenge. Humans are increasingly influenced through their exposure to images and visual messages. A large part of my career in industry has involved, developing, visualising and seeing ideas through to implementation, these activities impact on society and help shape a better future.   By nature, we are visual learners, visual cognition has become an interdisciplinary focus because it can be used to prompt behaviour modification. For example, neuroscientist Prof Vilayanur S. Ramachandranin his Reith Lecture ‘ Neuro-aesthetics’ described the impact of the 30 visual centres on how this drives human behaviour.

My research into this field has also been informed by the tacit knowledge used by industry to impact human behaviour often for purely commercial gain. However, this process can also be used as an effective way of encouraging behaviours that are desirable, have a positive impact of society, health, the economy and our environment. The focus of my research team over the past 3 years has been on the development and use of Smart Avatar design. Smart Avatar will be designed to as co-creation entities that can mirror the users own emotional intelligence. They will be able to locate themselves using existing technologies but sense the nature of their environments and start learning from bio and other sensory feedback using emerging technology and design. The future use of carbon-based technology will allow the development of embodied cognition that services human centred needs and the challenges of environmental changes.

To achieve this, we are taking an interdisciplinary approach using cutting edge science, physics, technology and design methodologies. In this way we are working with international partners in health, economy and technology. To facilitate these relationships, we have formed the FASTLAB research centre at UON. This centre will draw on cutting edge science, design and technology in the areas of; Biomimicry, Biomechanics, bio reading sensors, co-design and design thinking and visualization, gamification, service and UX design and animation, empathy brain mapping, augmented reality and VR devices for healthcare.

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)


My approach: Visual Communication Design is an agent of change (1); it’s true impact on human behaviour can be revealed using a range of practice based and lead qualitative and quantitative analytical methods. In undertaking this kind of research I wish to reveal new insights that would enable us to advance the understanding of design from the perspective of social responsibility and business efficiency. In investigating visual communication design as an innovative and creative practice it is possible to quantify its potential to transform societies and enhance human well-being. Inspired by Victor Papanek’s critical and cross-cultural approach to design culture, this inclusive approach to design challenges the purely commercial imperative of product culture. As designer and educator Victor Papanek stated, ‘the only important thing about design is how it relates to people’ I work with Prof Kelly and the clinical team where I am visiting Professor in Design at Birmingham Children’s Hospital UK, this started in 2008 when I helped to develop the first design interventions to ensure informed consent for very young children facing large scale surgery. I have published a number of peer reviewed papers in this new field. In the UK I have been award two ARB/C grants - As academic director at Loughborough I set up and helped gain funding from the EC for the Animation academy and the online drawing journal 'Tracy'. As Head of School at BIAD BCU I lead the applications for funding and research for practice lead and based research projects with industry through the Knowledge Transfer Partnership scheme. BIAD become the leader in KTP applications over my period as HOS. I oversaw the work of the school spinout company 'Open Advantage' which developed Design and IT for a Range of SME's in the UK using open source software. This work resulted in the 'Birmingham made me' standing conference with British manufacturing industry, this had a profoundly positive impact on industry and business in Birmingham and in the midlands.  In summary: my research approach has been to investigate Visual communication in: • Examining the mechanisms underlying human vision and visual language-and the impact on individuals learning abilities • Studying the cultural evolution of visual languages under the influence of cognitive constraints • Investigating through design the human ability to cooperate with one another • Probing the psychological design and visual communications mechanisms underlying disorders related to body image • Developing art and graphics in environments as part of recovery and pre-medical preparations. • Understanding how different behavioural norms emerge in different social contexts through co-design and way finding. Understanding disruption and provocation through practice  and by understanding advertising and life style communication has constructed the social environment. • Understanding the impact of practice and the repositioning of Art and Design into wider social and intellectual paradigms. • Developing symmetry in Visual Communication Design • The application of cutting edge design and information technology to disrupt anti social groups (child exploitation, abuse of women, racism and conflict management). • Developing impactful Reportage art that has political intent, such as the  'Art of conflict' work and the investigations for BBC and Guardian news services. 

Teaching and PhD Supervision

I have taught all aspects of Visual Communication design, drawing, visualisation, filmmaking, animation, moving image, service and UX design, Design thinking and co-design.  I have supervised over 90 RHD students (too many to list) and completed both MA and PhD candidates in the UK and AU.


  • PhD, Loughborough University - UK
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Leicester Polytechnic - England


  • Advertising and Branding
  • Animation and moving image, including filmmaking
  • Biomimicry
  • Children’s Book Illustration
  • Co-Design
  • Creative business development (start-ups/upstarts)
  • Creativity through practice ‘doing’
  • Critical thinking
  • Design and art as provocation
  • Design for effective human centre behaviour change
  • Design thinking
  • Designing for Gamification,applying game-design thinking to non-game applications
  • Designing for behaviour change through New Media
  • Drawing and visualisation
  • Knowledge Transfer
  • Practice based action research and phenomenology
  • SME's
  • Spin in entities
  • Spin outs
  • Ux and service design
  • Visual Communication Design
  • Visual Narrative development
  • Visualisation and Prototyping
  • Wayfinding


  • English (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
120307 Visual Communication Design (incl. Graphic Design) 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Professor - Design University of Newcastle
School of Creative Industries
Professor - Design University of Newcastle
School of Design Communication and IT

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2011 - 31/12/2018 Fellow - Birmingham Children's Hospital Visiting Professor in Design Communication Birmingham Children's Hospital visiting Professor in Design communication
1/01/2011 -  Editor - The Arts in Society The Arts in Society
United States
1/01/2010 - 31/12/2016 Membership - Vroom Lab Association of Illustrator UK Vroom Lab Association of Illustrator UK
United Kingdom
1/01/2010 - 31/12/2016 Fellow - DeMontfort University Visiting Professor in Design DeMontfort University Visiting Professor in Design
United Kingdom
1/07/2007 - 1/07/2010 Research Fellow The University of Sydney
1/01/2007 - 31/12/2009 Membership - Lunar Society Executive Committee Lunar Society Executive Committee
1/01/2007 - 1/03/2011 Head of School/Chair of Visual Communication Birmingham City University
Institute of Art and Design
United Kingdom
1/01/2005 - 31/12/2020 Membership - Common Ground International Arts and Design Conferences Executive Common Ground International Arts and Design Conferences Executive
1/01/2005 -  Editor - Common Ground Publishing Common Ground Publishing
United States
1/01/2002 - 1/01/2007 Academic Director Loughborough University
Loughborough College of Art and Design
United Kingdom
1/01/1999 - 31/12/2003 Membership - The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (UK) The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (UK)
United Kingdom
1/01/1998 - 1/01/2002 Head of Department Loughborough University
Visual Communication School
United Kingdom
1/01/1998 - 1/01/2002 QAA reviewer and National Subject Group Chair Loughborough University
United Kingdom
1/01/1993 - 1/01/1998 Head of Department Loughborough University
Loughborough College of Art and Design
United Kingdom

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/1987 - 1/01/1989 Reportage Artist - BBC Newsnight BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation)
United Kingdom



Year Title / Rationale
2008 Making Design That Sells
Organisation: The Second International Conference on Design Principles and Practices Description: .


Year Title / Rationale
2012 Thinking Through Drawing: In STEAM
Organisation: London College of the Arts Description: .
2011 Drawing as Visual Communication
Organisation: 6th UNIDCOM/IADE International Conference Description: .
2010 The Future World
Organisation: The Lunar Society Description: .
2010 Employability conference
Organisation: Birmingham City University and Regional Universities Group Description: .
2010 Shadow Play: Alchemy, Redolence and Enchantment
Organisation: University of Wales Description: .
2008 'War and Conflict' The Annual Debate
Organisation: Northampton University Description: .
2008 Master of the Universe
Organisation: Royal College of Art Description: .
1998 Informed consent and the role of visual materials
Organisation: Birmingham Children’s hospital Description: .

Prestigious works

Year Commenced Year Finished Prestigious Work Role
2015 2020 Editor of the The Journal of Communication and Media Studies. Chair
2011 2011 book and online Illustrator
1987 1988 BBC Spy catcher BBC News UK Illustrator


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

Book (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Embury G, Minichiello M, Reportage Illustration Visual Journalism, Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 184 (2018) [A1]
2003 Minichiello MA, Minichiello L, Klimowski A, Willis J, The art of conflict Afghanistan, European Illustration Gallery, Hull, United Kingdom, 30 (2003) [A1]
2001 Minichiello MA, Mario Minichiello: Drawing and prints, 1996-1999 : with an essay by Colin Rhodes, European Illustration collection Hull, Hull UK, 21 (2001)
1999 Minichiello MA, Rhodes C, Mario Minichiello : drawing and prints 1996-1999, Loughborough University, Loughborough, United Kingdom, 26 (1999) [A1]
1999 McLean P, Minichiello MA, Morris D, Peter McLean : drawings, Loughborough University, Loughborough, United Kingdom (1999) [A1]
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Chapter (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Minichiello M, Jelinek H, 'Monitoring patients during neurorehabilitation following central or peripheral nervous system injury: dynamic difficulty adaptation', ECG Time Series Variability Analysis Engineering and Medicine, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida 281-297 (2017)
Co-authors David Cornforth
2015 Minichiello MA, 'We support business start-ups', Graphic design for the curious: Why study graphic design?, The Curious Academic Publishing, - --- (2015) [B2]
2014 Minichiello MA, 'My arguments with the world', Recto Verso: Redefining the Sketchbook, Ashgate, Farnham, Surrey 177-189 (2014) [B1]
2012 Anelli L, Minichiello MA, 'Why do designers draw?', Design and Designing: A Critical Introduction, Berg Publishers, New York 82-96 (2012) [B1]
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]
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Journal article (15 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Noorbergen TJ, Adam M, Attia JR, Cornforth D, Minichiello M, 'Exploring the design of mHealth systems for health behavior change using mobile biosensors', Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 44 944-981 (2019)
DOI 10.17705/1CAIS.04444
Co-authors David Cornforth, John Attia, Marc Adam
2018 Minichiello MA, Tucker H, Roxburgh M, 'The Motion Comic: Neither something nor nothing', The Journal of Communication and Media Studies, 3 13-24 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.18848/2470-9247/CGP/v03i01/13-24
Co-authors Mark Roxburgh
2015 Minichiello MA, Gale C, 'Beauty, Emotion, and Globalization: How Images Came to be Ruled by Words', The International Journal of Arts Theory and History, 10 7-17 (2015) [C1]
2014 Minichiello MA, Anelli L, Kelly D, 'Drawing to aid recovery and survival', Tracey Special Issue: Drawing in STEAM, 1-15 (2014) [C1]
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]
2007 Minichiello MA, Minichiello L, 'The Changing Faces of Typographic Fonts', The International Journal of the Arts in Society, 2 65-72 (2007) [C1]
2006 Selby A, Minichiello MA, 'Animation Workshops: eLearning for Animation Studies', International Journal of Knowledge Culture and Change Management, 6 171-180 (2006) [C1]
2006 Minichiello 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]
2006 Minichiello MA, 'The Art of Conflict (Making Art about Ourselves).', The International Journal of the Arts in Society, 1 141-162 (2006) [C1]
2005 Minichiello MA, Selby A, 'Developing Independent Learning Styles', The International Journal of Learning, 12 267-280 (2005) [C1]
2005 Minichiello 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]
2002 Minichiello MA, ''and then they left...' From Students To Professionals', Association of Illustrators. Journal, 2002/2003 (2002) [C1]
2002 Minichiello MA, 'The Practice Of Drawing', Association of Illustrators. Journal, 2002/2003 (2002) [C2]
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Conference (8 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Aljaroodi HM, Adam MTP, Chiong R, Cornforth DJ, Minichiello M, 'Empathic avatars in stroke rehabilitation: A co-designed mHealth artifact for stroke survivors', Designing the Digital Transformation. 12th International Conference, DESRIST 2017, Karlsruhe, Germany (2017) [E1]
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-59144-5_5
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors David Cornforth, Raymond Chiong, Marc Adam
2014 Simon, Cook B, Minichiello M, Lawrence C, 'Academic integrity: differences between design assessments and essays', Proceedings of DRS 2014: Design¿s Big Debates, Umeå, Sweden (2014) [E1]
Co-authors Simon, Chris Lawrence
2014 Simon, Cook B, Sheard J, Carbone A, Johnson C, Lawrence C, Minichiello M, 'How well do academic integrity policies and procedures apply to non-text assessments?', Proceedings of the 6th International Integrity and Plagiarism Conference, Gateshead, UK (2014) [E1]
Co-authors Simon
2012 Minichiello MA, 'Drawing for visual communication', Design Research Society (DRS) 2012, Bangkok (2012) [E3]
2012 Minichiello MA, 'On drawing in mass media contexts', Conference Proceedings: Design Research Society 2012: Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand (2012) [E1]
2011 Minichiello MA, 'My arguments with the world', RECTO - VERSO - Redefining the Sketchbook Conference Proceedings, Lincoln University (2011) [E3]
2005 Minichiello 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]
2004 Minichiello 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 (20 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Kellett, Horbach E, New Futures film for UON with HeadJam and UON marketing office, Unversity of Newcastle, Newcastle (2016)
2015 Brooker CJ, Cross K, Minichiello M, Roxburgh M, Howells A, Atkins D, et al., Making it Known, Curve Gallery, (2015) [J2]
Co-authors Ralph Kenke, Michael Dickinson, Andrew Howells, Ari Chand, Jane Shadbolt, Mark Roxburgh, Caelli Brooker
2015 Brooker C, Cross K, Making It Known (2015) [J2]
Co-authors Michael Dickinson, Mark Roxburgh, Caelli Brooker, Jane Shadbolt, Andrew Howells
2014 Minichiello MA, The Sleep of Reason, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK (2014) [J2]
2014 Minichiello MA, Reportage, London (2014) [J2]
2013 Minichiello MA, minichiello M, Reportage, London (2013) [J3]
2013 Minichiello MA, Brazell D, Davies J, Becoming a Successful Illustrator, London (2013) [J3]
2012 Minichiello MA, My War Northern Stories, UK (2012)
2010 Minichiello MA, Gough [Curator] P, 'Vortex': official war artists, Website, Bristol, United Kingdom (2010) [J2]
2007 Bartle R, Bennett T, Crowe N, Cowie N, Dejardin R, Dowling J, et al., Conflict, Scunthorpe, United Kingdom (2007) [J1]
2006 Minichiello MA, Hardlines, Leicester, United Kingdom (2006) [J1]
2005 Minichiello MA, Spicer [Curator] G, 'ILL-US-TRA-SHUN' the art of contemporary illustration, Leicester, United Kingdom (2005) [J1]
2003 Minichiello MA, 'The Art of Conflict', Hull, United Kingdom (2003) [J1]
2001 Minichiello MA, Bell S, Gerrell S, Mario Minichiello, Steve Bell and Spike Gerrell, Suffolk, United Kingdom (2001) [J1]
2001 Minichiello MA, Minichiello's Sex, Lies and Drawings, London, United Kingdom (2001) [J1]
2000 Minichiello MA, Mario Minichiello:commissions, personal journals, reportage, Hull, United Kingdom (2000) [J1]
1999 Minichiello MA, Visual Language, Leicester, United Kingdom (1999) [J1]
1999 Minichiello MA, Read in Truth and Claw: The Guardian Newspaper Gallery Folio Show, London, United Kingdom (1999) [J1]
1995 Minichiello MA, Festival of Illustration, Suffolk, United Kingdom (1995) [J1]
1993 Minichiello MA, Printmaker's Council, London, United Kingdom (1993) [J1]
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Other (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Minichiello MA, Thorpe J, Bieloh D, Lee Y, Roberts E, Jennings J, Fontaine L, 'Graphic Design for the Curious: Why Study Graphic Design?', (2017) [O1]
2013 Tucker CC, Minichiello M, 'City Evolutions: Presentation', (2013) [O1]
Co-authors Chris Tucker
2012 Minichiello M, 'NeW Directions Strategic Plan 2012-2015', NeW Directions Strategic Plan 2012-2015 ( pp.1-19). Callaghan, NSW: University of Newcastle (2012)

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 Simon, Chris Lawrence

Grants and Funding


Number of grants 15
Total funding $5,233,885

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.

20191 grants / $6,000

2019 International Research Collaboration Scheme$6,000

International Visitor Professor Peter Ford

Funding body: Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle
Role Lead
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE

20173 grants / $80,455

Uncertainty, Insight and Creativity Research Project$45,455

Funding body: nib Health Funds

Funding body nib Health Funds
Project Team Professor Mario Minichiello, Associate Professor Mark Roxburgh
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1701046
Type Of Funding C3111 - Aust For profit
Category 3111

Addressing societal problems in health $20,000

Honours research scholarships 

Funding body: Nib Health Care

Funding body Nib Health Care
Project Team

Mario Minichiello, Mark Roxburgh, David Cornforth, Marc Adam, Paul Dastoor, John Attia, Michael Nilsson,

Scheme Nib funding
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC

SMARTDESIGN Interdisciplinary Research Network$15,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team

Prof Mario Minichiello, Dr Mark Roxburgh, Prof Chris Levi, Prof John Attia, Dr David Cornforth, Dr Marc Adam

Scheme FEDUA Strategic Networks and Pilot Projects (SNaPP)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE

20151 grants / $10,000

Pilot Mobile App for Stroke - a mobile health device for the self-management of chronic disease$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Mario Minichiello, Doctor David Cornforth
Scheme Linkage Pilot Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1501195
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE

20141 grants / $20,000

Matters directly relating to crucial networking associated with the planned EU grant application.$20,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT
Project Team Professor Mario Minichiello
Scheme Strategic Initiative Research Fund (SIRF)
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1401041
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE

20132 grants / $272,430

City Evolutions Project - Watt Street$262,430

Funding body: Newcastle City Council

Funding body Newcastle City Council
Project Team Doctor Chris Tucker, Conjoint Professor Mark Balnaves, Dr NING Gu, Mr Ramsey Awad, Professor Mario Minichiello, Associate Professor Stephan Chalup, Doctor Keith Nesbitt
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1201004
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Local
Category 2OPL

Digital Public Space: new architectures and finance models for public service media$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Conjoint Professor Mark Balnaves, Professor Mario Minichiello
Scheme Linkage Pilot Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1300806
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE

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

20072 grants / $3,860,000

Open Advantage spinout company $3,000,000

As Head of school I directed the work of design and technology spinout company open advantage - in the period of its existence it help many SME start up in the UK by designing platforms around open source software.


Project Team


Scheme DTI regional business aid scheme UK
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2009
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN

Knowledge transfer partnerships with Industries $860,000

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) is a UK wide strategic graduate scheme, part-funded by Government business grants. A KTP graduate scheme can harnesses university knowledge and expertise to drive innovation, profitability and new business ideas for your company. My team at Birmingham City University helped   business achieve its goals through a strategic partnership with our university specialists, academic research and talented graduates.

Funding body: KTP UK

Funding body KTP UK
Project Team

Shane Wilson- Mario Minichiello - various industries and businesses in the UK

Scheme Department of trade and industry knowledge transfer scheme UK
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2010
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN

20021 grants / $12,000

Conflict Drawing - Reporting the war$12,000

Investigation of War Artist role in conflict zones

Funding body: AHRC

Funding body AHRC
Project Team

mario minichiello

Scheme AHRC
Role Lead
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2003
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG

20011 grants / $12,000

Reportage drawing and investigation$12,000

Using Drawing as Reportage in complex social settings.

Funding body: ARB/C Great Britain

Funding body ARB/C Great Britain
Project Team

Mario Minichiello

Scheme ARC
Role Lead
Funding Start 2001
Funding Finish 2001
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA

19971 grants / $700,000

Academy of Animation Loughborough University$700,000

Animation Academy was set up with EU and UK  funding to conduct research and training. It is now lead by Professor Paul Wells.

Funding body: Arts and Humanities Research Council

Funding body Arts and Humanities Research Council
Project Team

John Grace, Mario Minichiello

Scheme Unknown
Role Investigator
Funding Start 1997
Funding Finish 2004
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN

19951 grants / $60,000

informed consent in young children for major surgery $60,000

Birmingham hospital Liver Unit is the UK's premier paediatric liver unit and one of the busiest in the world. Over the last 25 years over 900 paediatric liver transplants have been carried out and the team was the first to pioneer infant liver transplantation in the UK. The team noticed issues in recovery in young children related to their mental state. Liz Anelli and I designed and Illustrated preparation materials to gain informed consent in very young children.

Funding body: TLRP, EPSRC and ERSC

Funding body TLRP, EPSRC and ERSC
Project Team

Prof D Kelly - Birmingham Clinical Team -Liz Anelli - M Minichiello

Role Investigator
Funding Start 1995
Funding Finish 1995
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN

Research Supervision

Number of supervisions


Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2019 PhD 'Ecstatic Truth’ & the Everyday 9-5: Elucidating ‘the Ecstatic Truth’ in the Everyday Pursuits of People to Make a Life Not a Living PhD (Design), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2017 PhD Human-Computer Interaction in Mobile Health: The Role of User Interface Design in Behaviour Change PhD (Information Systems), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2017 Masters Entropia: An Investigation of Breakdown and Transformation M Philosophy (Fine Art), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2016 PhD The ROVA Project: Exploring 'Thankable Things' Through Speculative Design PhD (Design), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2016 PhD Exploring the Panel: Producing a Feature Length, Horror-Themed Motion Comic Based on a Comic Book and Screenplay. PhD (Design), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD Re-Conceptualising the Utilisation of the Comic Book's Properties as an Artefact and Format for Narrative Purpose PhD (Design), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD A Creative Study on Data Portraits: the Visualisation Process of Self-Surveillance as an Indicator of Datafication of Social Life PhD (Design), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2018 PhD Habitus, Tacit Knowledge and Design Practice: The Context of the Designer as Illustrator PhD (Design), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2018 PhD Shoestring Theory: Pragmatism and Bricolage in Microbudget Feature Filmmaking PhD (Design), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2015 Masters Hand Rendering in Contemporary Visual Communication M Philosophy (Design), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2008 PhD The in-betweeners: Irish animation as a postcolonial discourse
<span style="color:#333333;font-family:Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:15px;background-color:#ffffff;">The in-betweeners: Irish animation as a postcolonial discourse</span>
Graphic and Design Studies, Loughborough University Co-Supervisor
2003 Honours Children literature an color in Illustration
<p></p><p><span style="color:#0099ff;font-family:Verdana, sans-serif;font-size:11px;background-color:#f2f2f2;">written and illustrated my own series of books for Bloomsbury children&rsquo;s books called &lsquo;Get Busy This Christmas!&rsquo;, &lsquo;Get Busy This Summer!&rsquo; and &lsquo;Get Busy, Dad&rsquo;s Back!&rsquo; These books are about the adventures of a family of penguins.</span></p>
Graphic and Design Studies, Loughborough University Sole Supervisor
2002 Honours Fashion Illustration
<p>developing commercial forms of fashion Illustration</p><p></p>
Graphic and Design Studies, Loughborough University Principal Supervisor
2001 Honours Children Story, narrative structures
<p></p><p style="margin-bottom:0px;padding-right:0px;padding-bottom:1em;padding-left:0px;border:0px;line-height:1.4em;color:#333333;font-family:Verdana, Arial, sans-serif;">After some painful years of leading the life of a struggling 'fine art' student, which can be quite depressing, I realised what I really wanted to do was simply to design and draw and I discovered the Visual Communication department. A few enjoyable years later and I'd graduated from Loughborough University School of Art and Design with a first in illustration. My tutor was Mario Minichiello, who made a big impression on my rationale as a wannabe illustrator, as he does with many of his students.</p><p style="margin-bottom:0px;padding-right:0px;padding-bottom:1em;padding-left:0px;border:0px;line-height:1.4em;color:#333333;font-family:Verdana, Arial, sans-serif;">So I left with a little talent and a lot of determination and was thrust into the sink or swim world of the ASDA produce section, which nearly undid all Mario&rsquo;s good work. Fortunately my determination pulled me through, and very slowly illustrative commissions started to come my way.</p><p style="margin-bottom:0px;padding-right:0px;padding-bottom:1em;padding-left:0px;border:0px;line-height:1.4em;color:#333333;font-family:Verdana, Arial, sans-serif;">Now I am almost all grown up and I&rsquo;m lucky enough to be able to do what I always wanted to do for a living - make pictures!</p><p style="margin-bottom:0px;padding-right:0px;padding-bottom:1em;padding-left:0px;border:0px;line-height:1.4em;color:#333333;font-family:Verdana, Arial, sans-serif;">I like to try and work in as many areas of printed illustration that clients will allow me to, from ideas-based commissions with a quick turnaround to larger projects, sequential imagery and character development. Previous jobs have included creating imagery for advertising, packaging, posters, cards, magazines, newspapers and children&rsquo;s publishing.</p><p style="margin-bottom:0px;padding-right:0px;padding-bottom:1em;padding-left:0px;border:0px;line-height:1.4em;color:#333333;font-family:Verdana, Arial, sans-serif;">After a few years as a practising illustrator I slowly developed my visual language into this area and my first children&rsquo;s picture book won a Silver Medal in the Best of British Illustration exhibition, presented to me by the Association of Illustrators. Since then I have worked on lots of other books for children.</p><p style="margin-bottom:0px;padding-right:0px;padding-bottom:1em;padding-left:0px;border:0px;line-height:1.4em;color:#333333;font-family:Verdana, Arial, sans-serif;">Recently I have turned my attention to developing my own stories. My first self-written book, My Grandpa&rsquo;s Amazing Inventions is to be published by Templar later this year, while the next one is waiting to be set free from the confines of my sketchbook!</p><p style="margin-bottom:0px;padding-right:0px;padding-bottom:1em;padding-left:0px;border:0px;line-height:1.4em;color:#333333;font-family:Verdana, Arial, sans-serif;">I currently live in Lincolnshire with my partner who is a jewellery designer.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom:0px;padding-right:0px;padding-bottom:1em;padding-left:0px;border:0px;line-height:1.4em;color:#333333;font-family:Verdana, Arial, sans-serif;">When I&rsquo;m not making pictures I like to fly my kites or explore the woods where I live; there are plenty of stories waiting to be found just around the next tree. I also like a drink or two with my pals and enjoy looking after my partner&rsquo;s grandparents garden, but probably not in that order. I am also fond of collecting things, I like strange and old toys, and hunting down interesting imagery on my travels.</p><p></p>
Graphic and Design Studies, Loughborough University Principal Supervisor
1997 Honours Drawing methods and approaches
<p>Drawing, Illustration and Animation Project that led to book publication on drawing:</p><p></p>
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, Loughborough University UK Principal Supervisor
1997 Honours Exploring expression in drawing
<p><span style="color:#7a7a7a;font-family:Georgia, Times, serif;font-size:14px;background-color:#ffffff;">In 1993, after being disillusioned with my American art school experience, I decided to leave it all behind and go to England. I went to&nbsp;</span><em style="margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;outline:0px;font-size:14px;vertical-align:baseline;color:#7a7a7a;font-family:Georgia, Times, serif;">Loughborough College of Art Design</em><span style="color:#7a7a7a;font-family:Georgia, Times, serif;font-size:14px;background-color:#ffffff;">&nbsp;and threw myself into a new illustration program conceived by the mad genius Mario Minichiello. After learning the value of drawing on location, I developed a drawing language that is the closest, most personal, and most direct expression of what I want to say. This has been the basis of all my work. In fact, many of the characters that populate my drawings are people I have seen and covertly documented. Since 1997 I have been illustrating for magazines, books, interactive presentations and for the web.</span></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="color:#7a7a7a;font-family:Georgia, Times, serif;font-size:14px;background-color:#ffffff;"></span></p>
Graphic and Design Studies, Loughborough University Principal Supervisor
1991 Honours Reportage and human visual studies
This student has progressed after his studies to become a Leader in portraiture and chair pf the Royal Portent society UK- among many others, he recently painted Tony Blair official portrait.
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, DeMontfort University Visiting Professor in Design Sole Supervisor
1991 Honours Commercial Illustration
&lt;p style="color:#333333;font-size:15px;font-family:Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"&gt;now an internationally recognised illustrator, Andrew's work has appeared in newspapers, on billboards and on the covers of major corporate reports for nearly two decades, including campaigns for Nike, Accenture, British Gas and Eurostar. His iconic and thought-provoking illustrations have consistently been selected by&amp;nbsp;&lt;em&gt;3x3: The Journal of Contemporary Illustration, Society of Illustrators&amp;rsquo; of New York, Society of Illustrators&amp;rsquo; of Los Angeles&lt;/em&gt;,&amp;nbsp;&lt;em&gt;American Illustration&amp;nbsp;&lt;/em&gt;and the&amp;nbsp;&lt;em&gt;Association of Illustrators&amp;rsquo; Images&lt;/em&gt;&amp;nbsp;juried exhibitions and annuals. His work is held in public and private collections in the United States, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and Saudi Arabia. Andrew was commissioned to illustrate the influential covers for&amp;nbsp;&lt;em&gt;The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology Journal&lt;/em&gt;&amp;nbsp;(Amsterdam: Elsevier) in 2015 and has recently illustrated a deluxe World Atlas as part of the&amp;nbsp;&lt;em&gt;Lonely Planet Adventures&amp;nbsp;&lt;/em&gt;series for children.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p style="color:#333333;font-size:15px;font-family:Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;"&gt;As Associate Dean for Enterprise, Andrew works with agencies and organizations to commercialise research undertaken in the School and to facilitate networks with partners who share cultural and creative expertise. These partners include not for profit organizations, commercial companies, international HE institutions and individuals. We are always interested in working with like-minded partners who value and recognize the global communication possibilities of the creative and cultural industries.&lt;/p&gt;
Graphic Arts & Design Studies, De Montfort University Leicester UK Sole Supervisor
1990 Honours commercial illustration folio
<p>developing commercial Illustration visual language&nbsp;</p><p></p>
Graphic and Design Studies, De Montfort University Leicester UK Co-Supervisor

Research Projects

Mobile health systems: Mhealth and multi disciplinary research and impact group SMARTDESIGN Au 2016 - 2020

Mobile health systems:  Mhealth and multi disciplinary research and impact group SMARTDESIGN Au



UON PhD candidate's film to have world premiere in Hollywood

May 13, 2016

A PhD in Design at UON can take you anywhere, including Hollywood. Filmmaker Stuart McBratney has written, directed, composed a feature film

Professor Mario Minichiello


Professor - Design
School of Creative Industries
Faculty of Education and Arts

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