Dr Neal Haslem is a lecturer and researcher in the area of Communication Design within the School of Media and Communication.
Dr Neal Haslem is a communication designer, design educator and a practice-led researcher into communication design practice. His practice involves one-to-one relationships with people, enabling futures through communication design action. Neal’s practice-led design research focuses on investigating the practise of communication design as an intersubjective action. This research is informed by continental philosophy, situated in the phenomenological and ontological understandings of Martin Heidegger and Emmanuel Lévinas. Neal’s work contemplates the history of philosophy and its presence revealed through the underlying assumptions implicit within contemporary design worlds. His research is both informed by, and critical of, the work of Donald Schön and his positioning of ‘reflective practice’. Neal’s practice-led research continues to investigate the conjunction of communication design and intersubjective action through projects, writing, teaching and discourse. Ultimately he aims, through design research, education and discourse, to initiate an ‘intersubjective turn’ within communication design action and research.
Slow Media Symposium
Janine Sisson, PhD candidate, Becoming sustainable through service design
Stella Tan, PhD candidate, An investigation of expertise validation in graphic design management practice
2012 International Seed Funding: Homefullness project
2012 Finalist Homelessness Design Challenge, RMIT University Design Research Institute (with Dr Guy Johnson, Dr Keely Macarow, Dr Mick Douglas, Dr Helen Frichot, Rochus Hinkel, Margie McKay)
Neal teaches into the undergraduate and postgraduate programs both within Communication Design and in interdisciplinary studios within the School of Media and Communication. He is an active researcher within the Design Research Institute flagship ‘Mediated City’. His practice-led research investigates the intersubjective in communication design practice.
Key interests include:
- The intersubjective framing of communication design practice and its ramifications for practice, education and research
- Practice-led research in communication design
- Philosophy and ethics of Design
Neal is currently coordinating the development of the ‘Design Futures Lab’, a Mediated City project and an emerging research group within the School of Media and Communication.
PhD Communication Design, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, 2011
Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching and Learning, RMIT University, 2012
Master of Design by Research (Communication Design), RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, 2007
Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours (Graphic Design), University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia, 1991
Lecturer, Communication Design, RMIT University, 2006–present
Lecturer, Communication Design, Swinburne University of Technology, 2003–2010
Visiting International Lecturer, School of Fine Art, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, 2008
Lecturer, Visual Communication, Tasmanian School of Art, University of Tasmania, Australia, 2007
External Assessor, Research Masters presentations, Unitec University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand, 2006
Lecturer, Communication Design, Swinburne School Behavioural Science (postgraduate diploma), 2003–2006
Lecturer, Communication Design, Victoria University of Technology, 2003–2006
Lecturer, Interactive Media, Victorian College of the Arts, 2001.
Lecturer, Graphic Design, RMIT Tafe, 1999
Neal Haslem Design, 2001-present.
Designer, Melbourne Museum’s Planetarium at Scienceworks, 2004
Senior Designer, The Ball Group Pty Ltd., Melbourne. 1998–2001
Graphic Designer, Roar Film, Hobart, 1997–1998
Graphic Designer, G3, Hobart, 1993–1996
Graphic Designer, Clemenger Advertising, Hobart, Design for print and press. 1991–1992
Graphic Designer, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Tasmanian Government, 1990
AGDA (Australian Graphic Design Association)
AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts)
stArt Community Arts Incorporated
DRS ( Design Research Society)
Professional work and projects
A website to help conference-organisers and self-advocates participate in meetings and conferences. Produced by AFDO (The Australian Federation of Disability Organisations) in partnership with Disability Resource Centre and The Helen McPherson Trust.
Te Toa Matoa
A media and communications workshop to develop communication materials and skills in the organisation Te Toa Matoa, the Pacific island of Kiribati's peak disability organisation. Organised by AFDO (The Australian Federation of Disability Organisations) in partnership with AusAID.
A mobile participatory performance experience that anyone can pedal. A slow meal journey served from pedal-powered vehicles over the duration of an easy early-evening cycle. A ride-on-dinner demonstrates simple pleasures in hospitality and local knowledge whilst feeling a link between human-scaled food and transport systems. Diners become co-creators riding relationships between individual human body, a temporarily collected social body and the body of the city.
Australian Centre for Psychoanalysis
Identity design (website, stationery, publications) for a not-for-profit incorporated association dedicated to the practice, study and teaching of psychoanalysis, the training of analysts and research in the psychoanalytic field established by Sigmund Freud and extended by Jacques Lacan.
Website design for Patternbook, part of Translation Exercises; a postgraduate project investigating language, text and textile practices by Ruth Hadlow.
- Cooney, R.,Stewart, N.,Ivanka, T.,Haslem, N. (2016). Design and the creation of representational artefacts for interactive social problem solving In: Proceedings of the 2016 Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference, Brighton, United Kingdom, 27-30 June 2016
- Macarow, K.,Haslem, N.,Douglas, M.,Whiting, M.,McKay, M. (2014). Open for inspection In: Open for Inspection Melbourne, Australia
- Douglas, M.,Haslem, N.,Hann, C. (2014). Push (Situation) In: Situation, (curated by Suzie Attiwill, Simon Maidment, Sven Mehzoud, Kate Rhodes) Melbourne, Australia
- Douglas, M.,Harrisson, F.,Oliver, J.,Rogers, M.,Trubridge, S.,Morelli, D.,Haenggi, A.,Grzegorz, B.,Haslem, N.,Vella, J. (2013). Shuttle: mobile desert performance In: Shuttle: RETURNS Tucson, USA
- Douglas, M.,Haslem, N.,Hann, C. (2013). Push (by PPPPP group) In: Creative Time Summit 2013: Art, Place, and Dislocation in the 21st-Century City Melbourne, Australia
- Haslem, N. (2012). The design collaborator as the other: Investigating the intersubjective in communication design practice In: Collaboration in Experimental Design Research Symposium Conference P!oceedings, Sydney, Australia, 5-6 August, 2011
- Macarow, K.,Douglas, M.,Frichot, H.,Haslem, N.,Hinkel, R.,Johnson, G.,McKay, M. (2012). Homefullness In: RMIT Design Research Institute's Design Challenge 2011 Homelessness Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia
- Haslem, N. (2012). micromosaic: Antarctic landscapes In: micromosaic: Antarctic landscapes Melbourne, Australia
- Haslem, N. (2011). Not an academic type: What do communication designers know about research? In: Iridescent: Icograda Journal of Design Research, 1, 178 - 191
- Haslem, N. (2010). Reflecting the other; communication design students engaging with complex practice In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Design Education, Sydney, Australia, 28 June - 1 July, 2010
- Homefullness: how to translate welfare innovation, participatory art and design into socially engaged affordable housing. Funded by: Swedish Foundaton for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education Grant 2016 from (2015 to 2016)
- INTERACTive Studios & Innovation Networks for Future Design Careers. Funded by: Department of Education International Group Grant 2016 from (2014 to 2017)
4 PhD Current Supervisions and 2 Masters by Research Current Supervisions