Dr Judith Glover is a researcher, educator and Industrial Design practitioner at RMIT, Melbourne, Australia. She is the only design researcher globally to develop the field of Industrial Design into Sexual Health contexts and applications. Her PHD thesis on the sex toy industry explored the technical capabilities that industrial design process and methods could offer in improving manufacturing and design quality. She is currently exploring the possibilities for new design research, service and product innovation under the umbrella of Design and Sexual Health Innovation. 2 research clients are releasing new products onto the market in 2023.
She was recognised by her peers for her ground breaking work in this area by being nominated as a finalist in the inaugural 2019 Women in Design Award/ for the Australian Good Design Awards.
Her current passion is cross-disciplinary research practice bringing Design into technological innovation at early stages. She is the co-director of RMIT's Wearable and Sensing Network (W+SN) bringing together over 80 researchers from 9 different schools for collaborative approaches to research practice. She is also incredibly passionate about all the way 'MAKING' can be utilised by Industrial Designers. Old and new technique, technology and new biomaterials- what's coming and what's still relevant. While having a broad and varied range of experiences in design, fabrication, research and teaching her current material practice is in ceramic slip- cast production. In recent years her projects have explored how new technologies such as parametric modelling or 3d ceramic printing can be utilised with traditional slip-cast manufacturing techniques. She has exhibited internationally in Hong Kong and Germany, and within Australia in venues such as the NGV, RMIT Gallery, Craft Victoria and Craft ACT. She was invited to speak at the NGV's International Craft and Design event 'Parallels' in 2015.
Visit the W+SN website.
PhD, 'Taboo to Mainstream: the Sex Toy Industry – an Industrial Design Solution'
Faculty of Design, Swinburne University
Bachelor Industrial Design (Hons 1st class)
Faculty of Design, Swinburne University
(Including Exchange to Kontsfack School of Art and Design, Stockholm, Sweden, 2002/ Industry Placement at Product Design Consultancy, Form Australia, 2001)
Bachelor Visual Arts
Sydney Collage of the Arts
Welding Metallurgy & Welding Processes 1-3
Dr Glover spent a decade in the metal trades in mild-steel fabrication and metal smithing with a focus on engineering and architectural fittings for buildings, furniture and smaller scale forging techniques. While having a broad and varied range of experiences in design, fabrication, research and teaching her other current research practice is in ceramic slip- cast production.
She has been teaching various design, product design and sustainable design subjects since the early 2000s. She was one of the first Sustainable Design educators in Australia in the early 2000s. She spent a small amount of time as a Product Designer before starting her Sex Toy brand Goldfrau in 2006 eventually expanding that practice into the research field of Design and Sexual Health within academia. She has been teaching in Universities since 2004 and post doctoral research since 2013.
- Glover, J.,Teasley, S.,Luke, E.,Pokrovsky, J. (2022). Collingwood Makes In: Collingwood Makes for Melbourne Design Week Melbourne, Australia
- Luke, E.,Glover, J.,Geck, K.,Khoo, C. (2022). Post Digital Objects Exhibition In: Post Digital Objects Exhibition Melbourne
- Luke, E.,Geck, K.,Glover, J.,Pokrovsky, J. (2022). Crypto Mori In: Post Digital Objects exhibtion, Melbourne Design Week 2022 Melbourne
- Luke, E.,Khoo, T.,Geck, K.,Glover, J. (2021). Data Heirlooms In: Data Heirlooms Melbourne Australia
- Ballantyne-Brodie, E.,Glover, J. (2021). Convivial food systems design experimentation in regional communities: Exploration of the Shepparton Food System, Regional Victoria, Australia In: Transdisciplinary Case Studies on Design for Food and Sustainability, Elsevier, Duxford, United Kingdom
- Flood, M.,Fennessy, L.,Lockrey, S.,Avendano Franco, A.,Glover, J.,Kandare, E.,Bhat, T. (2020). Glass Fines: A review of cleaning and up-cycling possibilities In: Journal of Cleaner Production, 267, 1 - 16
- Glover, J.,Pokrovsky, J.,Kandare, E.,Avendano Franco, A.,Lockrey, S.,Fennessy, L. (2020). Fireless Skin: Mycelium Biocomposites In: Life and Death for Melbourne Design Week Melbourne, Australia
- Lockrey, S.,Glover, J.,Avendano Franco, A.,Fennessy, L.,Kandare, E. (2019). Glass fines - Final Report In: Sustainability Victoria Melbourne, Australia
- Glover, J. (2019). Design Culture in the sex toy industry: A new phenomenon In: Design culture : objects and approaches, Bloomsbury Publishing, United Kingdom
- Glover, J. (2019). Bento Box In: Pleasure Melbourne, Australia
4 PhD Current Supervisions and 3 Masters by Research Current Supervisions6 PhD Completions and 1 Masters by Research Completions
- Artificial Intelligence in food system redesign – Designing for the benefit of the whole (Student: Stephanie Camarena). Funded by: Food Agility CRC from (2018 to 2022)
- Developing a model for Community Engagement in Design Studio practice. Funded by: Australian Council of University Art & Design Schools Grant 2018 from (2018 to 2019)
- RMIT Glass Repurposing R&D Grant Project. Funded by: Sustainability Victoria - Competitive from (2017 to 2024)
- Male Pelvic Floor Device: to provide self Myofacial release and trigger point therapy to assist in alleviating chronic pelvic floor pain in men. Funded by: Pelvic Pain Foundation of Australia Grant 2016 from (2016 to 2017)