Researcher

Dr Ian William McArthur

Field of Research (FoR)

Biography

Dr Ian McArthur is a designer and research active Senior Lecturer working in the domains of experimental and speculative multidisciplinary practice, transcultural design collaboration, metadesign and education change.

His recent projects include MAD.LAB a multidisciplinary urban lab in Chongqing, South West China, and Halloran Trust funded research into developing participatory design methods, using large urban screens in public space as...view more

Dr Ian McArthur is a designer and research active Senior Lecturer working in the domains of experimental and speculative multidisciplinary practice, transcultural design collaboration, metadesign and education change.

His recent projects include MAD.LAB a multidisciplinary urban lab in Chongqing, South West China, and Halloran Trust funded research into developing participatory design methods, using large urban screens in public space as diagnostic tools for urban planning. This preliminary research precedes a larger collaborative research program ("Digital Media & Urban Screens for Placemaking in Australia and China”) with researchers from architecture and design faculty in Australia (UNSW, USyd, QUT), industry partners and local councils (Ramus, Urban Screen Productions, Willoughby City, Gold Coast City) and Chinese research partners (CMoDA, Cultural Development Institute (CDI), Communication University of China). Ian was recently invited to participate in the DFAT Inaugural Design Delegation to Beijing Design Week 2014.

Ian's has produced architectural scale collaborations with artist and design academic Brad Miller (2011 – 2014) and sound art installations with UK based artist Annie Morrad at exhibtions and design festivals including GNARLFest Performance Research Showcase, Lincoln, UK (2014), VIVID (2012, 2014), ISEA2013, and Beijing Design Week (2012). These works have used compositional techniques that utilise granular and generative synthesis, mobile technologies, open source platforms and protocols including PureData (PD) and OpenSoundControl (OSC) to create experimental sonifications for responsive interactive media environments manifested in urban informatics and public art installations.

Ian has made presentations about his design research into collaborative design and design education in Sino-Australian contexts at ISEA2013 University of Sydney (Panel Chair); Hybrid City 2, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (2013, Athens); Smart City GeoCity International Information Design Symposium, CMoDA, Beijing Design Week 2012; Design Frontiers (2012, Sao Paulo); Cumulus (2010, Shanghai); Xindanwei (2010, Shanghai); AGDA (Sydney, 2010); ICOGRADA (World Design Congress, 2009, Beijing); Studio Teaching Forum (2009, Hobart); The 3rd International Conference on Design Principles and Practices (2009, Berlin); and DesignEd Asia (2008, Hong Kong).

In 2001-2003 Ian was Program Director of Graphic Design at La Salle DHU (LDHU, Donghua University, Shanghai) where he initiated Collabor8 (C8 设计吧) with Annie Morrad, (Senior Lecturer, Lincoln School of Art and Design, Faculty of Art Architecture and Design University of Lincoln) to foster online collaboration between design education programs in China and Australia. This initiative has lead to over a decade of developing innovative culturally adaptive pedagogies using online, social and responsive technologies to create collaborative experimental spaces for interdisciplinary design education. The outcomes of these field studies have been examined in Ian’s PhD (Activating a Framework For Transcultural Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Design Education: Sino Australian Field Studies).


My Expertise

Contemprary Japan, media in Japan

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