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Dr Vaughn Pinxit

Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Design Office,
Interactive and Visual Design


Dr Vaughn Pinxit
Lecturer (Graphic Design)
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Design Office,
Interactive and Visual Design
Discipline *
Design Practice and Management, Film, Television and Digital Media, Visual Arts and Crafts
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Identifiers and profiles

PhD (Queensland University of Technology), Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (Queensland University of Technology), Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (Queensland University of Technology), Bachelor of Visual Arts wtih Honours (Southern Cross University)


Interdisciplinary Practice, Transdisciplinary strategies., Practice-led Research, Reflexivity, Conscious Bridging., Technology Art, Electronic Art, Sound Art, Video, Sensors, Kinetics., Interactive Installations, Networked Systems., Prototyping, App Design Theory, Web Design Theory., Design Methods, Design Theory, Contemporary Art Theory, Post-structuralism., Fine Art, Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Bronze Scuplture, Kinetic Sculpture., Arduino, Processing, Electronic Trade Theory., Meditation, Zen Buddhism, Vipassana Meditation, Rigpa Tibetan Meditation, Stillness., Performance, Butoh.

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Dr Vaughn Pinxit is a Lecturer in Interaction Design in the School of Design at the Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology. Vaughn recently qualified as a Fellow of the internationally recognised Higher Education Academy (FHEA, UK), through completion of the Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (QUT). His approach and philosophy to teaching and academic practice aligns with a connectivist (connected learning) approach, supported with a core leadership philosophy value that aims to be: an inspiring leader that is encouraging and innovates future learning opportunities.

In Teaching: To support deep active learning and student understanding of emerging interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary studio methods, including assisting postgraduate supervisions with this notion.

In Research: To continue to reflexively investigate his practice and teaching methods to assist research publications and curriculum development in the field of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary practices.

In Leadership & Engagement: To provide ongoing mentorship for sessional staff in understanding interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary practices, and effectively administer unit coordination and deliver curriculum aligned with this field.

Vaughn completed an Australian Department of Defence electronics trade in 1988 (a time when valve amplifiers were still being used), and from there he continued with tertiary education in Fine Art (1989). During many home renovations, designs and complete home builds, and running a commercial art gallery with his wife and two daughters, Vaughn collaborated with experimental sound artist Rex Hardjadibrata. Vaughn created real time video sequences that triggered from the sound works. They formed Sound Crucible, which performed on many occasions in the Northern Rivers of NSW, and hosted many events with other experimental sound artists (2007-2011).

Vaughn decided to continue his art practice education by completing a Bachelor of Visual Art at Southern Cross University and then an Honours degree in 2010. The focus of his practice was integrating technology with kinetics and participatory new media installations. The examined work called The Final Note, includes a one key piano.

In 2016 Vaughn completed his PhD titled “Stillness: a meditation in new media art”. The research and subsequent new media outcomes focussed on ways to use interactivity, kinetics, performance, Butoh, sound, video and meditation to evoke an atmosphere of stillness. One of the five examined artworks called One Arrow includes networked systems to control a reel-to-reel tape-deck to record the sound of the performance. This played-back when a video mapped space was broken by an audience member, and a video sequence of Zen Koans then supported the sound of the recorded performance.

Vaughn continues to unit coordinate, lecture and tutor students at QUT in Interaction Design, applying learning and teaching initiatives, and participating in QUT’s Ars Electronica Futurelab Academy. Vaughn is currently an owner builder with his wife, exploring and applying his research field and ethos to the new design of their Off-grid living home.

This information has been contributed by Dr Vaughn Pinxit.


Current Teaching 2018:

Semester 1

  • DXB501 Tangible Media: Unit coordinating, delivering lectures and tutorials. This third-year unit provides students with the opportunity to apply interactive design skills and knowledge to create prototype outcomes. These outcomes include wearable technology, touch sensing interaction and other forms of tangible electronic media projects; Arduino’s are used in this unit to fulfill the unit assessments. This unit provides opportunity to collaborate with industry partners.
  • DXB301 Interface Design: Unit coordinating, delivering lectures and tutorials. This second-year unit aligns with an industry partner to create user interface design prototypes to assist solving micro-solutions for a complex scenario with observational research in the field undertaken by the students.

Semester 2

  • DXB201 Visual Interactions: Unit coordinating, delivering lectures and tutorials. This first-year unit introduces students to the knowledges and principles of effective web design. Students create a narrative based website using industry prototyping tools (no HTML or CSS is used in this unit) to fulfill various selections of briefs that include industry collaboration with QUT Counselling Services.
  • DXH801 IVD Research Studio 2: Delivering tutorials and studio-based project support. This Honours unit focuses on design research and provides students with the opportunity to undertake projects at an advanced level within interaction and visual design. Students will learn how to integrate research and design knowledge to support the generation and realisation of novel and innovative design ideas. The unit focuses on the conduct of a design-led research project, with a design outcome suitable for professional / public presentation.

Past Teaching:

  • DXB501 Tangible Media, 2017. Unit coordinating, delivering lectures and tutorials.
  • DXB201 Visual Interactions, 2016-2017. Unit coordinating, delivering lectures and tutorials.
  • DXP401 IVD Practices and Techniques: Unit coordinating, delivering lectures and tutorials. This Masters unit was taught for three semesters 2016-2017. Students gained theoretical and practical knowledge to apply to the design of a mobile app prototype. Much focus was applied to visual and functional aspects of the design process.
  • DXP404 User Experience Design: Unit coordinating, delivering lectures and tutorials. This Masters unit was taught for one semester in 2017. Students created a high-fidelity prototype of a mobile or web based design with a focus on user experience, including iterative design testing with user testing methods applied.
  • DAB103 Architectural Visualisation 1: Delivering tutorials. This first-year unit was taught for one semester in 2015. It supports students with graphic skills and knowledge to think about and communicate three-dimensional ideas. The focus is on drawing techniques and presentation of a folio of creative visual content that builds on class exercises.
  • DXB102 Visual Communication: Delivering lectures and tutorials. I taught this first-year unit for eight semesters beginning in 2012. Students were introduced to the theoretical knowledge, principles and practical methods of designing logo’s, marketing poster and product packaging for a self-initiated project client.
This information has been contributed by Dr Vaughn Pinxit.


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.


Awards and recognition

Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2015 QUT Vice-Chancellor's Performance Fund Award
Assessor, Examiner or Supervisor Role
Reference year
Invited examiner of HDR student project submissions


Current supervisions