Dr Ian White

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Dr Ian White

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Teaching areas

  • Studies in Art and Design

Research areas

  • visual communication
  • design and design education
  • design and technology
  • digital media and user interaction
  • stereoscopic video in education and training
  • digital video and audio

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Profile

Dr Ian White lectured in Visual Communication and Graphic Design at both Townsville College of TAFE (1982–92) and James Cook University (JCU) from 1992–2001. He was awarded the 1987 Ruth Atkinson Memorial Prize for Excellence in Scholarship at JCU and the DEVET Award for Outstanding Contribution to Employment, Education and Training in 1990.

Dr White also successfully ran a private design studio until 2000 and assumed responsibility for the Graphic Design program within the Bachelor of Visual Arts program at JCU in 1994. Following several revisions of the degree program to maintain technological and industry relevance, Dr White proposed and became responsible for the creation and introduction of a dedicated, digitally oriented Graphic Design / Illustration / Visual Communication degree program, which was launched as the Bachelor of Communication Design (BCD) in 1999.

Dr White commenced at USC in July 2001 as Area of Study coordinator for the Art and Design program and oversaw the program's first review in 2006. He is currently program coordinator for the Bachelor of Design and Marketing. Dr White is a member of the University Learning and Teaching Committee and is active in postgraduate research supervision. He has also acted as an external thesis examiner for a number of Australian universities and is a member of the review panel for the annual Ideasondesign research conference.

Potential research projects for HDR and Honours students

As principal supervisor, Dr White has successfully supervised nine HDR completions to date at Master's and Doctoral levels and currently has three under examination. Topics have included:

  • A Reassessment of the Veracity of Photographs (PhD)
  • Post Human Cyborg (DCA)
  • Animating Zen. Zen Philosophy in Popular Culture and Road Safety (DCA)
  • Jumping the Fence—a computer based adventure challenging children to interact with the natural environment through physical exploration and experimentation (PhD)
  • The Role of Design in the Development of Museum Exhibitions in Australia (PhD)
  • Abstract Sequential Art (DCA)
  • The Communicon Project. Designing Taiwanese Mobile Iconography (DCA)
  • Yeopqi Design. Strategies for Contemporary Korean Product Design (DCA)
  • Green Man Resurrected. The Re-Emergence of the Green Man in Western Contemporary Culture (MCA)
  • Ch@t Room. Interface Design for a Graphical Meeting Place (DCA)
  • Echoes of the Centaur Tragedy:  a web-based history project to engage and inform undergraduate nurses (MCA)
  • EdVance: A Digital Publication Solution for Secondary School Journalism Students (MCA)
  • The Impact of American Pop Culture on the Australian Comic Book Industry. How the Golden Age Ended and What Happened Next (DCA)

Research grants

Project name Investigators Funding body Year Focus
Developing a Model for Industry Feedback into University Courses Chief Investigator University Teaching and Learning grant 2003 An examination of Industry Feedback strategies in both Australian and UK universities with specific relevance to the teaching of digital Design at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Development of a prototype low-cost stereoscopic video system for use in an online (E-learning) content delivery system Chief Investigator University Project Development Grant 2006–2007 Design and construction, using rapid prototyping, of a stereoscopic viewer and video editing system suitable for use with an Apple iPod.

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