Researcher

Dr Rebecca Green

My Expertise

Becky’s research is based around the contribution graphic designers make to sustainability, both from theory—for example, message and strategy—as well as a materials-based perspective.

Becky's PhD focused on the visual communication of climate change from a graphic design perspective, with key findings on how aesthetic style can have a major influence the uptake of climate change messages. Given the rapid advancement of digital media technology, which has led to the dominance of an even more image-based style of visual communication, the role of the graphic designer is escalating, but not yet well understood.

 

Dr Rebecca Green (Becky) is a UNSW lecturer, graphic designer, and cartoonist. Over 20 years of practice Becky has worked in museum design, as art director at a record label, in multimedia for education and in general design studios before forming her own sustainable design practice in 2007, and increasingly moving to academia from 2008.
 

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Biography

Dr Rebecca Green (Becky) is a graphic designer, illustrator and academic. She has taught graphic design, image production and user experience design at Queensland universities and in Hong Kong since 2008. She has a passion for the exchange of knowledge between expert and learner, as well as a keen desire to make a substantial contribution to the supportive education of new generations of designers and thinkers. With 20 years’ graphic design...view more

Dr Rebecca Green (Becky) is a graphic designer, illustrator and academic. She has taught graphic design, image production and user experience design at Queensland universities and in Hong Kong since 2008. She has a passion for the exchange of knowledge between expert and learner, as well as a keen desire to make a substantial contribution to the supportive education of new generations of designers and thinkers. With 20 years’ graphic design experience, Becky has worked in museum design, as art director at a record label, in multimedia for education and in general design studios before forming her own sustainable design practice in 2007.

Becky’s research focuses on the contributions of graphic design to sustainability, both from a theoretical, or ethical perspective, as well as a practical one. Her current research investigates how graphic designers use the visual language to communicate complex issues such as climate change. While there is much theory surrounding framing of messages, imagery and content strategies for climate change communication, there is little understanding of how these elements are translated using aesthetic style into designed graphic artefacts. Given the rapid advancement of digital media technology, which has led to the dominance of an even more image-based style of visual communication, the role of the graphic designer is escalating. As well as its importance to the field of graphic design, this type of research is critical for the fields of science, science communication, and social science. Earlier Masters thesis work earned the Griffith University Award for Academic Excellence and the AGDA Gordon Andrews Scholarship, which resulted in the production of a sustainable graphic design Mac App available from Apple, the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA) and its global umbrella organisation ico-D (formerly ICOGRADA). This free app has been downloaded more than 20,000 times, providing designers all over the world with practical information on how to design more sustainably. It is currently being updated, with version 2.1 out soon.


My Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, 2016

Master of Design, 2007


My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

I am currently available for joint supervision for candidates who are researching into visual communication, graphic design, sustainability, and climate change communication. Other projects will also be considered, especially traditional research monographs.


Currently supervising

PhD research into Graphic Design and Typography for Film
MPhil research into webcomics as a platform for Speculative Critical Design


My Engagement

Articles
The Conversation, 20 May 2019
"Graphic design could be holding back action on climate change – here’s how"
(574 Facebook shares, 41 tweets, ABC radio interview 21 May 2019)

Public talks and panels
Communicating Climate Change (UNSW Business School)
Talk and panel

Moderator, Academia in the Age of Anti-Intellectualism (ECAN Scientia Lectures) 26 Sept 2019

 

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F217

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(02) 8936 0689

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