February 27, 2018 @ 8:38 AM

Social Design exhibition by the Designing Out Crime Research Centre.
For the past 6 years I've been lucky enough to work with a team of amazing designers, architects, researchers and spatial psychologists on projects exploring the role of design in promoting social justice in prisons, courts and communities.
We are exhibiting this body of work, including the co-design of a prison learning centre, video court spaces and systems, family visits areas, systems design in vocational training and modular housing. Come along!

Opening: Wed the 28th of Feb. 6pm

Info, address and RSVP HERE

The exhibition can also be viewed between 11am – 3pm, Monday 26 to Wednesday 28 February, 2018.

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February 27, 2018 @ 8:13 AM

As part of Sydney Design Festival we're exhibiting the Play Up project at the Australian Design Centre. This project was a collaboration with Jean-Paul Bell, making a range of props to assist performers using humour to stimulate memory in dementia care. I caught up with the Australian Design Centre to talk about the project and reflect on the practice of Social Design.

The conversation can be found HERE.    

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April 18, 2017 @ 10:21 AM

Studio photos by the amazing Amy Paddington


A Social Design project facilitated by Tasman Munro, Jane Theau and Sayd Shah Mahmood.

Hosted by Settlement Services International


1 year, 200 people, many stories

The Tapestry Couch is a collaborative social design project that celebrates the empowering stories of people seeking asylum in Australia, particularly those connected to the Friendship Garden in Auburn. The aim is to make a piece of furniture that sits at the entrance of the community centre to exhibit stories of friendship and healing gathered from the local community. Through it's making the project also intended to hold space for people to spend time with these stories, not just telling them but ...

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December 2, 2016 @ 11:44 AM

I've been watching the technology for printing timber improve over the last few years, and finally the quality is getting pretty good. So got a few panels printed with my illustrations and have been making furniture. So much fun, I look forward to playing with this more in the future! 

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October 12, 2016 @ 8:38 AM

The Wildebeest Workshop is a family of roving woodwork wagons, built to inspire makers to roam the land, tinker, share and create together. The free plans can be downloaded HERE. They include drawings for a basic wagon, mainly built from a single sheet of ply. However, I encourage you to use recycled materials or shape the design to meet your needs. Once you've made one please email me a photo or share your pics on instagram #wildebeestworkshop.

As part of Sydney Design Festival this year we set up the Wildebeest Workshop outside the UTS Library. We built a few beehives for the roof but a crew from Settlement Services International also came to make their own wagon for their community garen in  Auburn. 

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June 25, 2016 @ 8:22 PM

As Social Designers we’re beginning to work with people in increasingly difficult places. We’re equipped with tools to provide considered outcomes but there is little discussion on the complexities of engaging people who are vulnerable or experiencing hardship.

If people have endured a significant number of difficult experiences it can be easy for them to develop a mindset that problems are the status quo. White (1990) refers to this as resignation to a “problem saturated story” which can be disempowering as they are often based on dysfunction and weakness. People in these circumstance can often be difficult to engage as attachment to problem stories can create resistance to change or inhibit their ability to ...

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November 8, 2015 @ 10:02 PM

Last week the Wildebeest Workshop had it’s first official outing, roving west to build benches and planter boxes with members of the Friendship Garden at Auburn Centre for Community. The Garden is a joint project between Settlement Services International (SSI) and Auburn Council and is intended as a place for local refugees and asylum seekers to establish connections and engage in meaningful projects. They’re beginning an inspiring project to transform an old Bowling Green into a vibrant community garden; fit with cultural plots, permaculture gardens, a mudbrick entrance and a big community kitchen. Most of the guys had zero power tool experience but they rose to the challenge and by midday our makeshift workshop had settled ...

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April 13, 2015 @ 10:51 AM

A record player assembled from recycled bits and bobs:

Deck and Amp from Gumtree, speakers pulled out of an old HiFi, construction ply, veneer from a children's cupboard, facade from dressed fence palings, writing table legs, school library book ends as record holders and hand painted front panel.

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April 13, 2015 @ 10:45 AM

Workshop weekend project, making a coffee table from left over wood scraps.

The Mechanic next door welded up the hairpin legs for me...except they were a little wonky. 

A matching chock worked a treat :)


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April 9, 2014 @ 11:55 PM

For the past two years I've been working with Architect Kevin Bradley on a collaborative design project between Designing Out Crime (DOC) and Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) to design and construct a therapeutic learning centre within the context of a maximum security prison.

The Intensive Learning Centre (ILC) at Mid North Coast Correctional Centre marks a monumental step forward in the delivery of correctional based education in Australia. The brief challenged DOC to create a facility which contrasted the typical harsh environment of maximum security prison and offered a space geared toward education and rehabilitation. A framework was established which outlined various barriers that stood between a learner’s current ...

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