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Dr Manuela Taboada

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


Dr Manuela Taboada
Lecturer (Graphic Design)
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Design Office,
Interactive and Visual Design
Discipline *
Design Practice and Management, Communication and Media Studies, Urban and Regional Planning
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Doctor of Philosophy (University of New England), BSc Computer Science & System Analysis (Other), BA Hons ¿ Industrial Design & Visual Communication Design (Other)


change through design, collaborative design, design and complexity, design experience, design thinking, place identity and branding, places as complex emergent systems, sustainable tourism, visual communication

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


Manuela Taboada, PhD, has over 15 years experience in visual communication design, branding, identity and social design. She has worked professionally as a lecturer, designer and researcher in Australia, Brazi, East-Timor and Fiji. Manuela has a PhD from the University of New England (Australia), and degrees in Industrial Design / Visual Communication (Federal University of Bahia, Brazil) and in Computer Sciences (Salvador University, Brazil), she is now an academic the School of Design at QUT Creative Industries Faculty. Manuela has contributions in the areas of participatory and collaborative design, place identity, design activism, design thinking and community development. She has traditionally worked in transdisciplinary teams using design as a tool to facilitate the emergence of social identities and change. She is particularly interested in the intersection of environmental sciences, social sciences and design. Her research focuses in design for social change and resilience, decolonial design, sustainability and complex-emergence theory.

This information has been contributed by Dr Manuela Taboada.


Manuela has a higher degree teaching portfolio that spans over 10 years both in Australia and in Brazil. She has written, coordinated and run undergraduate classes in both countries on subjects that range from visual communication design and web-design to design theory, creativity and design thinking.

Manuela has led and participated in major curriculum development projects on the roles of student representative, entrepreneur and staff member both in Brazil and in Australia, for private and higher degree courses in the areas of visual arts, visual communication and interactive design.

In 2011 Manuela has driven the inclusion of a first year unit dedicated to creativity and design thinking in the IVD program (DXB101 Design & Creative Thinking).   Between 2012 and 2015 Manuela had the role of Study Area Coordinator for Interactive & Visual Design at QUT during her time as Study Area Coordinator, she lead the major changes in the IVD curriculum, which had its major focus on understanding creativity as an entrepreneurial skill, developing visual expression as a trans-media ability, and using designerly ways of thinking to re-define and propose solutions to technical, visual and social problems.

Between 2010 and 2015 Manuela has coordinated and taught the following units in the IVD program at QUT School of Design:

  • DXB101 Design & Creative Thinking
  • DXB202 Image Production
  • DXB302 Typographic Design
  • DXH601 Integrated Experience Design
  • KIB231 Typography & Illustration
  • KIB120 Graphic Design
  • KIB338 Print Media
This information has been contributed by Dr Manuela Taboada.


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


Current supervisions

  • Investigating claims of empowerment for women artisans: Two case studies from the Sri Lankan handloom industry
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Ms Kathleen Horton
  • From Consumer to Empowered Participant: Using art and design as a means of transformation in young people.
    Masters, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Ms Natalie Wright, Dr Jaz Choi
  • Collaborative Design of Health Educational Materials on Anxiety to Increase Mental Health Literacy
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Oksana Zelenko, Professor Gavin Sade
  • Developing a Digital Comic Workshop Model within Supportive Housing
    PhD, Mentoring Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Jeremy Kerr, Dr Leah King-Smith

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)

Completed supervisions (Masters by Research)