Seven Positive is consciously rethinking the world today. With a global population of over seven billion inhabitants and rising rapidly, our workshops, programs and consulting services tackle problems and create innovative and engaging design, business and marketing solutions which build prosperous and healthy futures.
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As a passionate design and business educator, I've delivered keynotes, lectures, workshops and educational programs in Australia, Spain and Mexico.
Since 2013, I've been working as a Sessional Academic within QUT's Industrial Design course and QCA's Design Futures course (Griffith University). I also work with Secondary Schools and Tertiary Institutions to provide Design Thinking and Social Enterprise programs and workshops.
International Guest Lectures:
- 'Tools for Contemporary Industrial Designers', Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi, Mexico, 27th September 2012.
- 'Design and Social Media: Leveraging Digital Platforms as a Designer', QUT World Industrial Design Day, 28th June 2013.
- 'Design and Social Media: Digital Platforms for Modern Designers', Griffith University, 19th September 2013.
- 'Product Lifecycle - Designing Towards A Circular Economy', Queensland University of Technology, 14th April 2014.
- 'Narratives of Green Spaces - Marketing and Design for a Sustainable Future', Griffith University, 14th May 2014.
- 'Personal Branding for Professional Designers', Queensland University of Technology, 23rd July 2014.
- 'The Marketing Environment - Understanding the Market in Which You Operate', Queensland University of Technology, 4th August 2014.
- 'Personal Branding - Building a Portfolio and Strategic Action Plan', Griffith University, 4th September 2014.
- 'Design, Ethics and Sustainability - Design as an Enabler of Positive Impact', Griffith University, 23rd October 2014.
- 'Design Ethics and New Practice', Delivered to visiting KAIST University (Centre for Creative Entrepreneur) students, Griffith University, 3rd November 2014.
- 'Design Practice Across International Borders', ELISAVA (Universidad Pompeu Fabra), Barcelona, 12th January 2015.
- 'Positioning, Branding & Marketing as a Value Oriented Designer', Queensland University of Technology, 2nd March 2015.
- 'Designing Innovative Business Models', Queensland University of Technology, 4th March 2015.
- 'Where to next? Lessons Learnt From A Design Career', Queensland University of Technology, 6th May 2015.
- 'Product Lifecycle and Sustainability in Design', Queensland University of Technology, 11th May 2015.
- 'Designing Business Models For Impact', Griffith University, 31st August 2015.
- 'Lighting Design Fundamentals', Griffith University, 31st August 2015.
- 'Lessons Learnt from Designing Lighting in the European Market', Griffith University, 7th September 2015.
- 'Materials, Processes and the Product Life Cycle in Lighting Design', Griffith University, 21st September 2015.
- 'Design Thinking Programs in Secondary Education - Q&A', Griffith University, 24th September 2015.
- 'Designing Abroad - Negotiating Your Way Through Challenges and Opportunities', Queensland University of Technology, 24th September 2015.
- 'Design ethics & new practice, integrating sustainable design'. Delivered to visiting KAIST University (Centre for Creative Entrepreneur) students, Griffith University, 3rd November 2015.
- 'Design Led Innovation and Business Model Development'. Delivered to visiting KAIST University (Centre for Creative Entrepreneur) students, Griffith University, 4th November 2015.
Keynotes + Talks + Panels:
- What now? A discussion about industry, QCA Graduating Showcase, Griffith University, 26th November 2015.
- DIAlogues Regional, 'New Futures, Future Landscapes: Questioning the Role of Technology in Design', Design Institute of Australia with University of Southern Queensland, 13th October 2015.
- 'Personal Branding as a Design Professional', Design Institute of Australia TARMAC event, Brisbane, 3rd August 2015.
- 'Seven Steps For Startup Success', IMPACT-ED event (run by Startup Creative), Creative Industries Enterprise Centre, Brisbane, 25th September 2014.
- 'Entering the Design Industry - Creating a Compelling Personal Brand', Design Institute of Australia TARMAC event, Brisbane, 26th August 2014.
- 'Building a Repair Culture - Designing Towards Positive Futures', Pimpama State Secondary College, 11th June 2014.
Design Thinking and Social Enterprise Programs:
- Jump Start (www.jumpstartproject.com.au) at Pimpama State Secondary College, August to December 2015. An innovative 14 week program empowering youth to create positive futures. Arts Queensland Grant recipient (designed and run as a Seven Positive project).
- Design Business Practice and Marketing, QCA Design Futures Program, Griffith University, Brisbane, 2015.
- Design Business Practice, QCA Design Futures Program, Griffith University, Brisbane, 2014.
- Principles of Marketing, QCA Design Futures Program, Griffith University, Brisbane, 2014.
- Digital Technologies, QCA Design Futures Program, Griffith University, Brisbane, 2013, 2014 & 2015.
- Design In An Interdisciplinary Studio Context, QCA Design Futures Program, Griffith University, Brisbane, 2015.
- Lighting Design, QCA Design Futures Program, Griffith University, Brisbane, 2015.
- New Product Development, Industrial Design Program, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, 2015.
- Professional Practice, Industrial Design Program, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, 2015.
- Industrial Design 1, Industrial Design Program, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, 2014, 2015.
- Industrial Design 2, Industrial Design Program, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, 2013, 2014 & 2015.
- Industrial Design 3, Industrial Design Program, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, 2015.
- Industrial Design 4, Industrial Design Program, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, 2015.
- Industrial Design 5, Industrial Design Program, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, 2015.
- Industrial Design 6, Industrial Design Program, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, 2014.
- Product Usability, Industrial Design Program, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, 2014.
Design Thinking & Strategy Workshops:
- Future Scenario: Building a Repair Culture, Year 7 & 8 Students, Pimpama State Secondary College, June 2014.
- 'Rethinking your business model and value proposition'. Delivered to visiting KAIST University (Centre for Creative Entrepreneur) students, Griffith University, 4th November 2015.
Design Camp Tutor:
Introducing Design: Project Week Camp for Queensland University of Technology Industrial Design, Interior Design, Architecture and Landscape Architecture Students, Lake Cootharaba, Noosa, 2013, 2014 & 2015.
Everyone loves a celebration. Whether it’s a party, barbacue, or a nice meal with friends, the majority of us will agree that our beer, soft drink or wine needs to be served ice cold.
Jinja drink coolers are the perfect solution to keep your drinks and parties at the cool end of the spectrum. Handmade from fully recycled textile waste, they also help you remember which drink is yours!
Available in different sizes and colours, they suit both casual and formal settings; from the beach through to a nice restaurant.
Industrial Design, Interior Design, Product Design
Created Digital and Social Media Marketing strategy to boost business and improve learning whilst successfully engaging with the school's current and target market. Implementation of related digital/social media platforms both inside and outside the classroom in order to innovate in teaching methods whilst focussing on creating the optimal learning experience. Gave workshops within language centres in order to implement and coordinate strategy. Consideration of blogs, wikis, intranet, social media etc to improve brand and learning experience.
With four schools in Barcelona and one in Mallorca, BCN Languages offers students the chance to learn a new language and its culture in a fun and effective way, with flexible timetables and qualified, native teachers. They offer small classes where you will find yourself in the company of students from all over the world who all share the same goal: learning a language.
The school offers a wide range of courses to suit student needs: in groups, one-to-one classes or specifically tailored courses.
Work: Consulted across a broad spectrum of the business; from digital/social media, communication and PR strategy, marketing and design. Overseen implementation of a new website, video, product launches. Designed new 'Dama' table light and bowl to be produced by the brand and previewed at Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Milan 2012.
Italian designer Lucia Bruni founded Lucirmás in Barcelona, Spain in 2006. Lucirmás designs and produces sustainable glass products which tell a story. They make original, handcrafted objects from 100% recycled glass, offering the quality of a beautiful, artisan product. Lucirmás' mission is to create products which make the most of the charm, value and versatility of recycled glass. 2012 has been an exciting year for Lucirmás, with the launch of a new website and eco-design products, while being selected to exhibit at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Milan 2012.
Below: Lucia Bruni at work in the studio, Pure-Bottle by Lucirmás (photos by VictorMaxPhoto), a small selection of press, Lucirmás video.
Dama is a table lamp designed by Tom Allen for Spanish eco-design company Lucirmás. Made from upcycled, recyclable and sustainably certified materials, the lamp was first previewed at the Salon Internazionale del Mobile in Milan 2012 at Superstudio Piú but has now been officially launched.
Inspired and made from beautiful, 5 litre glass vessels (commonly used for storing wine or oil in Italy), their charm gives that warm feeling you get observing an old, masterful Italian cook, craftfully preparing a delicious meal. Perfect as a table lamp for a variety of settings, users can easily remove the glass 'lampshade' with the original handle, which makes cleaning an easy process. The beech timber base is PEFC certified (http://www.pefc.org/) ensuring both the designer and producer's intention to practice sustainable design.
The lamp is entirely handmade in Barcelona with the highest attention to detail and craftmanship. Each lamp is personally numbered. Using a low energy Plumen 001 lightbulb (which has a lifetime of 8 years), Dama is sure to be the talking point in your home, restaurant or hotel.
Industrial Design, Interior Design, Product Design
Work: With the official brand launch planned for late 2012, I am currently consulting across a broad spectrum of this exciting new business; from digital/social media, communication and PR strategy, marketing and design. I am also overseeing the implementation of a new website and the planned brand/product launches. I have also designed a collection of products to be released later this year.
Jinja has a passion for sharing enjoyable rituals through beautiful, sustainable products. Jinja designs and makes a wide range of original, handcrafted products made from 100% recycled textile waste. Jinja has a clear conscience. Their respect for nature underlies their entire eco-design creative process, meaning Jinja products come with a seal of responsibility! With a love of material experimentation, Jinja will continue innovating in order to bring you the best product designs to accompany and help you enjoy everyday life. Jinja products are responsibly handmade in Portugal and have been designed around the world.
Monsieur is a reading lamp, designed in collaboration with Christian Vivanco and Yago Rodriguez for Spanish lighting brand Almerich. After researching different users, we presented Monsieur, a reading lamp as a response to an emotional need. When you are reading, a strong link is created between you and the book. People love to get lost in the pages of a good book and Monsieur encourages this connection, creating a unique, intimate and personal atmosphere.
The result is a light and stable reading lamp, able to be placed in virtually any room of the house; it'll fit nicely beside your bed, next to the sofa or in the study. The addition of a small auxiliary surface, ideal for a book, a coffee mug or other small object completes the experience. The rotation system allows two movements covering more than 300 degrees each, being flexible and practical.
Monsieur's design responds directly to the use and function of a reading lamp, where with a single arm movement you can adjust its position and take the book to read. Monsieur is part of our collaboration with Almerich and was presented at Valencia Design Week 2010.
Lighting Design, Product Design, Interior Design
Moonwatch was designed as a concept by The Emotion Lab to establish a relationship between the moon cycle and a person’s emotional states. It’s a new concept of time based on nature which invites people to reflect upon and gain a closer understanding of their mood and daily life on earth.
The moon has been a guide and object of admiration and mysticism during thousands of years. Agriculture, fertility, tidal patterns, human behaviour and many other activities have been linked to the different moon phases.
With Moonwatch, a person is always able to determine exactly what phase the moon is in. Clouds, pollution or a general ignorance to the moon cycle are no longer an issue. With time and observation, a person can find patterns which sync their behaviour or happenings to the different phases.
The Moonwatch also indicates the time with a user being able to switch between the two interfaces with a push of the button. During the day, the time is indicated with a black background and during the night the interface changes to white in order to improve visability.
A small solar cell helps to charge the watch; another analogy which highlights the relationship between sun and moon.
The watch’s simplicity and improvements with the interaction between watch and user complete the design, which fuses nature and technology to generate new emotions within the user.
Industrial Design, Product Design, Design
The Emotion Lab was a turning point in my career which gave me excellent experience in setting up a design studio in a multicultural environment. It was here that my vision became more business focussed and I came to understand that business success does not rely solely on great design. I directed our communication, PR and marketing strategy as well as actively managing the studio and overseeing the design process. We were published in the leading design blogs and magazines around the world. Relationships were built with opinion leaders while a solid base of followers were attracted to our various social media platforms.
The Emotion Lab was formed by four designers from three distinct continents - Tom Allen (Australia), Christian Vivanco (Mexico), Yago Rodriguez (Spain) and Marta Falcón (Spain).
Our unique multicultural perspective stemming from such diverse experiences, traditions and approaches, offered a simple, honest and functional approach to design, centred on the generation of rich, lasting emotions. Our ideas responded to a deep observation of human behaviour and as a result we found solutions based on the present and future emotional needs of the user.
We studied intangible links and continued investigating until we found tangible solutions which improved the interaction and discourse between objects, brands and people. Our objective was to make responsible proposals for our society, without losing the emotive aspect; searching for hope and solutions which pointed towards a better future. Creating meaningful, emotive experiences is vital for the success of a companies' products and services; for products which only satisfy usable, intuitive and functional considerations are no longer sufficient. More than designing objects, we wanted to generate and provoke emotions and experiences which you would never forget.
Furniture Design, Industrial Design, Product Design
This is one of the largest murals in the southern hemisphere - 110m x 8.5m. Working alongside Australian artist Miles Allen (http://www.milesallen.com) seven designs were drafted to meet the client's brief of "Mondrian-like qualities... greens and greys". The final design chosen has fins, giving the coloured blocks a 3D effect by creating different shadows depending on the time of the day . Our client, Presida, a privately owned Sydney-based building company completed the building in March 2011. It was opened by the NSW Premier, Barry O'Farrell.
Architecture, Graphic Design, Painting
Work: Provided digital media, communication and PR consulting in order to devise a clear strategy to help grow the 3PATAS brand, attract clients and boost sales of their products. Notably, 3PATAS have just won two of Spain's prestigious Delta Awards with their 3x3 table and have gained attention in the world's most respected design blogs and magazines.
3PATAS is a creative product design studio made up of Carla Neila, Isabel González and Santiago Hermosín. The studio is based in Barcelona, Spain and was born in 2010 with 3 strong projects presented at Super Studio Piu, Milan Design Week 2010 and the Casa Pasarela fair in Madrid.
Since then, 3PATAS have worked hard to innovate within product, furniture, lighting and interior design, developed stands and had corporate identity projects. They’ve also collaborated with important lighting companies by providing engineering and technical assistance services. Last year they were selected to exhibit at the Nude Generation exhibition which showcases up and coming designers as part of Valencia Design Week 2011. They received an outstanding response, with Spanish magazine 'Diseño Interior' naming them as the emerging talent and one of Spain's largest newspapers 'El País', naming their 3x3 table as one of the highlights of Valencia Design Week.
With the ball rolling in 2012, 3PATAS has recently presented at Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair and have also unveiled new collaborations at the Frankfurt Design Fair 2012. With the interior design of a slick new restaurant in Barcelona soon to be revealed and more exciting projects on their way, be sure to keep your eyes on these fast emerging talents.
Below: The team, 3x3 Table by 3PATAS, a small selection of press.