School of Design Office,
Interactive and Visual Design
- Dr Manuela Taboada
- Senior Lecturer (Graphic Design)
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Design Office,
Interactive and Visual Design
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- 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
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.
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
- Taboada MB, Sampaio AV, (2016) Inscricao do gesto: a caligrafia enquanto performance atraves de Paulo Lachenmayer, OuvirOUver p432-447
- Yigitcanlar T, Guaralda M, Taboada MB, Pancholi SA, (2016) Place making for knowledge generation and innovation: Planning and branding Brisbane's knowledge community precincts, Journal of Urban Technology p115-146
- Taboada MB, (2015) Translating Management Storylines: developing a visual strategy to communicate science to stakeholder community, a case for Mackay, QLD
- Taboada MB, Coombs GA, (2014) Liminal Moments: Designing, thinking and learning, Design and Technology Education : an International Journal p30-39
- Sartori Do Amaral C, Taboada MB, Chamorro-Koc M, (2014) Design democratisation and its understandings through the meaning of the word 'design' in Portuguese colonised countries, Design with the other 90%: Cumulus Johannesburg Conference Proceedings p162-168
- Dutra LX, Haworth R, Taboada MB, (2011) An integrated approach to tourism planning in a developing nation: A case study from Beloi (Timor-Leste), Stories of Practice: Tourism Policy and Planning p269-293
- Taboada MB, Dutra LX, Haworth R, Spence R, (2010) Engaging complexity through collaborative brand design, Design & Complexity : DRS2010 Conference Proceedings p1-16
- Taboada MB, Haworth R, Spence R, (2009) The social role of design on collaborative destination branding: Creating a new journey, a new story for the Waterfall Way, New South Wales, Australia, Undisciplined! Proceedings of the Design Research Society Conference 2008 p1-24
- O'Loughlin MO, Taboada MB, Gill R, (2006) Catalysing design principles through the dreaming of sustainable subtropical cityscapes: the collaborative construction of new place identities, Proceedings of the Subtropical Cities 2006 Conference p1-17
For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.
- 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.
MPhil, Principal Supervisor
Other supervisors: Ms Natalie Wright, Dr Hee-Jeong 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
- Applying Comics as a Tool for Adult Digital Literacy Learning: A Study within a Supportive Housing Group
PhD, Mentoring Supervisor
Other supervisors: Dr Jeremy Kerr, Dr Leah King-Smith