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Ellmers, Grant N. Dr

Lecturer in Design

  • Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
  • School of the Arts, English and Media
  • Associate Member - Early Start Research

Overview


  • Grant Ellmers lectures in the Graphic Design program in the School of the Arts, English and Media at the University of Wollongong. Grant was the Master of Creative Arts Program Coordinator (Graphic Design) 2004-7.
  • Grant's current research focus is graphic design pedagogy. He is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education at the University of Wollongong. The study explores how reflection supports articulation of design knowledge by the tertiary graphic design student. The study seeks to make connections between the reflective process and the articulation of knowledge inherent in the design experience, leading to the transfer of that knowledge to future problems.
  • Grant was a University of Wollongong Teaching and Learning Scholar during 2005/6 where he investigated Art and Design assessment practices in higher education, specifically exploring approaches to assessing creativity. A focus included engaging other faculty staff in a dialogue regarding assessment practice.
  • In 2005 Grant established a design consultancy that specialises in visualising academic research. Involving students from the Masters program, the consultancy specialises in developing visual representations of research concepts and outcomes for university academics. The results have been employed in publications, funding applications, for publicity purposes, and commercial applications.
  • Grant previously lectured at the University of Canberra (1999-2002) and was primarily responsible for developing the WWW design component of the Graphic Design program. During this time he played an influential role in the implementation of the University of Canberra's website interface and information architecture, and continued this work as a consultant during 2003.

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Design pedagogy including

    • studio and project-based learning
    • reflection
    • knowledge transfer
    • experiential knowledge
    • assessment

    Interface design 
    Information architecture

Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


Presentations


Impact Story


  • <p>Drawing on international research this project has designed and developed a community-based multi-sensory environment (MSE) at the Horsley Community Centre in the Illawarra. An MSE provides a safe, non-threatening environment for children and adults with cognitive, behavioural and physical impairments to engage in a range of sensory experiences. The experiences provided by an MSE can either calm or stimulate the primary senses using sensory-based materials such as fibre optics sprays, bubble tubes, music, colour, lighting and aroma. We know that multisensory environments provide the ability to control sensory experiences and stimulation of the primary senses to encourage relaxation and enjoyment which can be helpful for multiple groups such as senior citizens/aged care, people with physical disabilities and those with conditions such as dementia, autism spectrum disorders and also people with anxiety and challenging behaviours.<br /><br />The project forged a unique partnership between CareWays Illawarra and the University of Wollongong (UOW). Methodologically, this project used participatory action research to foster the involvement of people with disabilities, their carers, families and disability services to assist in the design and development of the space to best meet the needs of the whole community. <br /><br />Initially known as the SMILE team, the project is now called Sense (Sensory Environments for Supporting Experiences) Spaces. It has expanded to explore the impact of MSEs for cross-sector user groups.  The project has grown from establishing an MSE to examining the immediate and lasting impact of using an MSE, and whether personalisation of the MSE can increase use or provide a more meaningful experience. Utilising different design-thinking approaches with coordinated communication plans will be significant as we engage, define, ideate, prototype and test across sectors to provide effective ways of delivering MSEs.  </p>

Available as Research Supervisor

Potential Supervision Topics


  • Design thinking

    Design process

    Reflective practice 

    User interface design

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Designing for the Self: A Constructive Design Research Approach to the Personalisation of iOS Graphics Watts, Jody

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Design pedagogy including

    • studio and project-based learning
    • reflection
    • knowledge transfer
    • experiential knowledge
    • assessment

    Interface design 
    Information architecture

Selected Publications


Presentations


Impact Story


  • <p>Drawing on international research this project has designed and developed a community-based multi-sensory environment (MSE) at the Horsley Community Centre in the Illawarra. An MSE provides a safe, non-threatening environment for children and adults with cognitive, behavioural and physical impairments to engage in a range of sensory experiences. The experiences provided by an MSE can either calm or stimulate the primary senses using sensory-based materials such as fibre optics sprays, bubble tubes, music, colour, lighting and aroma. We know that multisensory environments provide the ability to control sensory experiences and stimulation of the primary senses to encourage relaxation and enjoyment which can be helpful for multiple groups such as senior citizens/aged care, people with physical disabilities and those with conditions such as dementia, autism spectrum disorders and also people with anxiety and challenging behaviours.<br /><br />The project forged a unique partnership between CareWays Illawarra and the University of Wollongong (UOW). Methodologically, this project used participatory action research to foster the involvement of people with disabilities, their carers, families and disability services to assist in the design and development of the space to best meet the needs of the whole community. <br /><br />Initially known as the SMILE team, the project is now called Sense (Sensory Environments for Supporting Experiences) Spaces. It has expanded to explore the impact of MSEs for cross-sector user groups.  The project has grown from establishing an MSE to examining the immediate and lasting impact of using an MSE, and whether personalisation of the MSE can increase use or provide a more meaningful experience. Utilising different design-thinking approaches with coordinated communication plans will be significant as we engage, define, ideate, prototype and test across sectors to provide effective ways of delivering MSEs.  </p>

Potential Supervision Topics


  • Design thinking

    Design process

    Reflective practice 

    User interface design

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Designing for the Self: A Constructive Design Research Approach to the Personalisation of iOS Graphics Watts, Jody
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