Russell Kennedy




Adjunct Research Fellow, Swinburne University of Technology. President 2009-2011,  International Council of Graphic Design Associations (Icograda)


Russell is an adjunct Research Fellow at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. He is an academic and practitioner of graphic design and film making. Prior to joining Swinburne, he was a senior lecturer at Monash University. He has also been the principal of Russell Kennedy Design, a corporate identity consultancy, and co-director of Onset Productions, a motion picture and documentary company.

Russell is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce (RSA) and a member of both the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA) and the Design Institute of Australia (DIA). He is a Club Melbourne Ambassador for the Victorian State Government, Australia and a Regional Ambassador to INDEX: 'Design to Improve life', the Danish Government_s International Award program. in 2009 he was an advisor to the Seoul Metropolitan Government for the Seoul Design Olympiad and in 2010 for the World Design Capital.

Russell actively promotes a network interface between design education and the profession. He often assists education institutions within the Oceania/Asian region and has conducted workshops with the University of Hartford (Connecticut, United States), Hongik University (Seoul, Korea) and the International Design Center (Nagoya, Japan).

In June 2002, Russell was invited to speak on design education at the inaugural Icograda Education Network (IEN) Symposium in Brno, Czech Republic. Since joining the Icograda Board in 2003, he has been active in the development of the IEN and the deployment and promotion of worldwide educational exchange initiatives. Russell initiated INDIGO, Icograda's international indigenous design network, launched in October 2007 at the Icograda General Assembly 22 in La Habana, Cuba.


Indigo Asks: What is Indigenous Design?


Incubated in Melbourne, Australia in 2006 as a research project by the Faculty of Art & Design at Monash University, INDIGO, the International Indigenous Design Network now stands as a major cultural and educational initiative.

This paper outlines the development of INDIGO and highlights specific projects, which design schools around the world have used to compliment their existing curriculum and programs.

Aimed at both practitioners and educators, INDIGO suggests that Indigenous knowledge be acknowledged and appropriate research methods used by both Indigenous and non-indigenous designers, educators and students.

As more and more designer's work within a global context INDIGO provides an online medium for design education to reflect on how design practice contributes to the formation of national cultural identity from a post-colonial perspective. The next step for educators and practitioners is to develop appropriate and respectful processes so they can work effectively in this area of cultural identity. This paper highlights projects, which explore issues and test methodologies for Indigenous design education.


Wednesday 28 September


11:00am - 12.30pm





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