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A/Prof. Meghan Kelly

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Acting Executive Dean Arts and Education

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

Office of the Exec Dean A&E

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Contact

meghan.kelly@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 924 46332

Biography

Dr Meghan Kelly is a visual communication designer whose experience includes working in the advertising and design industry and running her own design studio. Meghan has worked on large, high profile campaigns for a range of corporate companies, amongst other organizations, during her time as a practicing designer.


In addition to her professional work, Meghan is currently serving as the Associate Head of School (Teaching and Learning) and senior lecturer in the Design undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the School of Communication and Creative Arts. She has completed her PhD examining Cross-Cultural Visual Communication Design (2013). Her interests are in exploring issues surrounding identity creation and representation in a cross-cultural context. Research areas including place branding, community building, engagement and the global impact of design. Meghan's research currently takes its focus on issues of identity and representation and the process to achieve a respectful, culturally owned, agreed outcome in professional design practice. Her passion for a global understanding of design extends into her teaching practice and continues to be explored in research projects and design opportunities.


Meghan has worked with Dr Russell Kennedy to co-author the Australian Indigenous Design Charter, winner of the Good Design Award (Indigenous Design) 2018 and the International Indigenous Design Charter (winner of the Premier Design Award (Design Strategy) and Premier Design Award of the Year 2018. This research continues to be realised through industry analysis of designers working with the Charter to create ethical, collaborative design outcomes when working with Indigenous knowledges.


In addition, Meghan co-authored with Dr Jonathan Sweet the book Museum Development and Cultural Representation: Developing the Kelabit Highlands Community Museum (2019). This research interrogates the five-year process of creating a community museum in the Highlands of Borneo and the challenges of developing a visual representation from intangible and verbal cultural heritage. The research examines the self-determination of the Kelabit community to identify and navigate their outgoing representation their way and to suit the community's needs.

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Research interests

Cross-cultural visual communication design, Indigenous knowledge in commercial design practices, collaborations, place branding, design, identity creation and representation.

Affiliations

Member Design Institute of Australia (DIA)

Member International Council of Design (ico-D)

Teaching interests

Meghan has taught many units from first year to Masters level. Her particular focus is on global design strategies, place branding, identity creation and representation.

Conferences

Chatfield, E., Kennedy, R., & Kelly, M. (2018). Past – International Indigenous Design Charter. In Go back to where you came from  : The Indigenous Design Symposium. Melbourne, Vic.: Melbourne University. Retrieved from https://msd.unimelb.edu.au/indigenous-design-symposium/program/day-2

Kennedy, R., Kelly, M., Greenaway, J., & Chatfield, E. (2017). International Indigenous Design Charter: Communication Design. In Proceedings of the 2017 World Design Summit Congress (pp. 1). Montreal, Quebec: World Design Summit Organisation.

Kennedy, R., & Kelly, M. (2017). Was.Is.Always: South to North.  On Route to an International Indigenous Design Charter: Greenland Workshop. In Was.Is.Always: South to North.  On Route to an International Indigenous Design Charter: Greenland Workshop (pp. 1-17). Nuuk, Greenaland: INDIGO, International Indigenous Design Network (ico-D).

Kelly, M., & Kennedy, R. (2017). The Australian Indigenous Design Charter:  A ten-step best practice protocol document essential for design educators and practitioners. In ACUADS 2017 : Proceedings of Australia Council of University Art and Design Schools 2017 Conference (pp. 1-10). Canberra, A.C.T.: ACUADS. Retrieved from https://acuads.com.au/conference/article/the-australian-indigenous-design-charter-a-ten-step-best-practice-protocol-document-essential-for-design-educators-and-practitioners/

Kennedy, R., & Kelly, M. (2017). Building a case for an International Design Centre in Geelong. In P. Collins, & I. Gibson (Eds.), DesTech 2016 : Proceedings of the 2016 The International Conference on Design and Technology (pp. 66-72). [Geelong, Vic.]: DesTech. doi:10.18502/keg.v2i2.597

Kelly, M. (2014). The unique inter-disciplinary requirements of a museum development : a case study of the Kelabit Highland community museum development project.. In A. Stephen (Ed.), AAANZ 2013 : Proceedings of the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand Annual Conference 2013 (pp. 1-12). [Melbourne, Vic.]: AAANZ.

Sweet, J., & Kelly, M. (2014). Dynamics of cultural heritage development in Sarawak. In IIAS 2014 : Proceedings of the Conference on State Policy and the Cultural Politics of Heritage-Making in East and Southeast Asia (pp. 1-16). [Singapore]: [Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS)]. Retrieved from http://www.iias.nl/event/state-policy-and-cultural-politics-heritage-making-east-and-southeast-asia

Kelly, M. (2010). Place branding and cross-cultural visual communication : how do the theories and practices of place branding inform our understanding of cross-cultural visual communication design?. In K. Friedman (Ed.), Proceedings of Cumulus 38º South Conference (can not locate details) (pp. 1-18). Aalto, Finland: Cumulus.

Projects

Dr Meghan Kelly and Dr Russell Kennedy co-authored both the Australian Indigenous Design Charter (2016) and the International Indigenous Design Charter (2017). This research will continue to examine a range of case studies where designers, stakeholders in design, buyers of design and Indigenous communities follow the ten steps in commercial design projects to create ethical, collaborative and self-determined design outcomes.


The Kelabit Highlands Community Museum development project, a museum development situated in the remote Highlands of Borneo, Sarawak was a collaborative project including academics and students from museology and cultural heritage management, architecture, film and digital media and visual communication design. The project, five years in duration, culminated in the construction of the built environment (2016), an inaugural exhibition (2016) and a book publication co-authored by Dr Meghan Kelly and Dr Jonathan Sweet (2019).

 

This research serves as a strong model for other cultural identity creation projects internationally and has led to the development of a new project examining how post industrial cities can turn

Publications

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2022

Transitioning flip books: creating visual communication strategies to communicate the transitioning of transgender and gender diverse people

M Kelly

(2022), Vol. 19, pp. 253-263, New Writing, C1

journal article

Prioritizing design process over design outcomes to address non-Indigenous engagement with Indigenous knowledge systems in design practice

Meghan Kelly

(2022), Vol. 35, pp. 168-183, Journal of Design History, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal article

When Digital Doesn't Work: Experiences of Co-Designing an Indigenous Community Museum

Meghan Kelly, Simone Taffe

(2022), Vol. 6, pp. 1-11, Multimodal Technologies and Interaction, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article
2021

Transformative eLearning and Portfolio Careers in Higher Education

Karen Le Rossignol, Meghan Kelly

(2021), pp. 263-278, eLearning engagement in a transformative social learning environment, Hershey, Pa., B1

book chapter
2020

Exchanging Expertise across Cultures and Time: Participatory Design Approaches for Creating Community Museums

S Taffe, M Kelly

(2020), Vol. 23, pp. 715-734, Design Journal, C1

journal article

A taxonomy for cultural adaptation: the stories of two academics when teaching Indigenous student sojourners

Jayne Pitard, Meghan Kelly

(2020), Vol. 21, pp. 1-19, Forum: qualitative social research, Bonn, Germany, C1

journal article

Enacting bodies of knowledge

Jondi Keane, Rea Dennis, Meghan Kelly

(2020), Vol. 17, pp. 13-31, idea journal, Perth, W.A., C1

journal article

Whiteness in design practice: the need to prioritize process over artefact.

Meghan Kelly

(2020), pp. 288-298, DRS2020 Synergy : Proceedings of the 2020 Design Research Society Conference, Brisbane, Queensland, E1

conference
2019

TransFamily: Australian stories from loved ones of trans and gender diverse people

Sally Goldner, Linda Langley, Hugh Chachia, Louise Klein, Danielle Chaselin, Ruby Dawson, Nanna Malcolm, Lyn Worcester, Robert Howse, Megan Malcolm, Tracey Howse, Sarah Clarke, Andrea Videion

(2019), Victoria, A6

research report/technical paper
2018

Museum development and cultural representation: developing the Kelabit Highlands Community Museum

J Sweet, M Kelly

(2018), Abingdon, Eng., A1

book

International Indigenous Design Charter : Protocols for sharing Indigenous knowledge in professional design practice

Russell Kennedy, Meghan Kelly, Brian Martin, Jefa Greenaway

(2018), Geelong, Vic., JO3

Non-Traditional Research Output
2017

Analysing the complex relationship between logo and brand

M Kelly

(2017), Vol. 13, pp. 18-33, Place Branding and Public Diplomacy, C1

journal article
2016

Recognizing appropriate representation of Indigenous knowledge in professional design practice

M Kelly, R Kennedy

(2016), Vol. 50, pp. 153-173, Visible language, Cincinnati, Ohio, C1

journal article

Public learning derived from institutional learning: the case study of the Kelabit Highlands Community Museum development

M Kelly

(2016), Vol. 1, pp. 6-17, Journal of public pedagogies, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal article

Kardinia Park Stadium Trust- Brandmark

T Murphy, R Kennedy, M Kelly

(2016), Geelong, Vic., J1

Non-Traditional Research Output
2015

Visual communication design as a form of public pedagogy

M Kelly

(2015), Vol. 55, pp. 390-407, Australian journal of adult learning, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal article

Australian Indigenous Design Charter: Communication Design. Protocols for sharing Indigenous knowledge in communication design practice

R Kennedy, M Kelly

(2015), pp. 1-22, https://www.design.org.au/services/practice-notes, [Melbourne, Vic.], A6

research report/technical paper
2014

The unique inter-disciplinary requirements of a museum development : a case study of the Kelabit Highland community museum development project.

M Kelly

(2014), pp. 1-12, AAANZ 2013 : Proceedings of the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand Annual Conference 2013, Melbourne, Vic., E1

conference

Dynamics of cultural heritage development in Sarawak

J Sweet, M Kelly

(2014), pp. 1-16, IIAS 2014 : Proceedings of the Conference on State Policy and the Cultural Politics of Heritage-Making in East and Southeast Asia, Singapore, E1

conference
2010

Place branding and cross-cultural visual communication : how do the theories and practices of place branding inform our understanding of cross-cultural visual communication design?

M Kelly

(2010), pp. 1-18, Proceedings of Cumulus 38º South Conference (can not locate details), Melbourne, Vic., E1-1

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Transgender Transitioning Flip Book

Meghan Kelly

(), JO2

Non-Traditional Research Output

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Protocols for Indigenous-led creative practice

Dr Brian Martin, A/Prof Meghan Kelly, Dr Russell Kennedy, Mr Jefa Greenaway

ARC Discovery Indigenous

  • 2022: $32,479

Other Public Sector Funding

Kelabit Highlands Community Museum (KHCM) Implementation

A/Prof Meghan Kelly

DFAT - Australia Malaysia Institute

  • 2014: $15,000

ACDGP051 - Developing the International Indigenous Design Charter: International Forum

A/Prof Meghan Kelly, Dr Russell Kennedy, Prof Brian Martin

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade DFAT

  • 2016: $30,000

Industry and Other Funding

Kardinia Park Stadium Trust - Visual Identity Research Project

Dr Russell Kennedy, A/Prof Meghan Kelly

Kardinia Park Stadium Trust

  • 2016: $25,000

Other Funding Sources

INDIGO WEBSITE

A/Prof Meghan Kelly, Dr Russell Kennedy

The Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools (ACUADS)

  • 2017: $3,000

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2021

Jessica Byrne

Thesis entitled: Yarning in Motion: Relationally responsive processes in filmmaking practice

Doctor of Philosophy, NIKERI Institute

Associate Supervisor
2018

Karen Le Rossignol

Thesis entitled: Leaps of Experience: Building Digital Storyworlds for Contemporary Tertiary Learners

Doctor of Philosophy (Education), School of Education