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Tasman Munro


Social Designer

Studied Bachelor of Industrial Design, first class honours

University of Technology, Sydney 2008


Tasman began practicing as a woodworker, interning with a Cabinet Maker he fell in love with the experience of making. In search for more diversity Tasman studied Industrial Design at UTS but in the last year of studies realised he that ethically he wasn’t interested in producing consumer products. So since graduation in 2008 He's focused his practice on Social Design. Over the years Tasman has collaborated with diverse groups on a wide range of projects including Housing for Health in remote communities, therapeutic learning spaces in prison and collaborative making with people recently arriving in Australia. He is currently finishing a PhD bringing the principles of Narrative Therapy into Social Design, working at the Design Innovation Research Centre (UTS) and part of the team running Join The Dots Workshop in Marrickville.



2019 Ghahve Kune, Refugee Welcome Centre
2019 Openings, Swamp Gallery
2018 Design for Social Justice, Design Innovation Research Centre
2018 Virtually Just, Downing Centre for Sydney Design Festival
2018 Designing Justice, UTS library for Sydney Design Festival
2018 Memory Aids, Australian Design Centre
2017 New beginnings, 107 Projects
2016 Wilderbeest Workshop, UTS library for Sydney Design Festival
2013 Interpretations, Australian Design Centre
2013 3x3x3, Powerhouse Museum
2013 Yardmaster, DabLab Gallery
2012 The Analogue Crusader, Film screening at Sydney MCA
2011 Redesigning the Emergency Ambulance, London Design week
2011 Creative Adventures, Atelier Uberall Berlin
2010 Paper Trail, Plump Gallery
2006 Art by Design, Kinokuniya Gallery
2004 DesignTech, Powerhouse Museum



2018 Nominated for UTS Human Rights Award
2018 DIRC awarded Career and Professional Development Award
2017 Community Appreciation Award, Settlement Services International
2016 ILC rated ‘exemplary’ by OECD Centre for Effective Learning Environments
2014 Group nomination for UTS Human Rights Award
2014 ILC nominated for International Corrections and Prisons Association Award
2014 Marrickville Independent Artist Grant
2012 Best animation at the Lucky Film Festival, MCA
2010 NSW Travelling Design Scholarship, British Council