Russell Kennedy

Exploring the recalibration of national identity design within the frame of decolonization. 

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Dr Russell Kennedy

Deputy Director of Deakin MotionLab
Senior Lecturer – Screen and Design
Academic Head of Group – Screen and Design
Co-Director – Design Mind: Design and Innovation Platform

Research and Experience
Russell Kennedy (PhD) is an academic and practitioner of both communication design and filmmaking (drama and documentary).  He is the Academic Head of Screen and Design at Deakin University and the Co-Director of Design Mind, Deakin’s International Design and Innovation platform. Russell’s research is positioned within the fields of communication design, national identity design and design advocacy. His research has a particular focus on the representation of Indigenous culture in professional design practice. In 2015 he was awarded a PhD from Swinburne University with his thesis titled, ‘Designing with Indigenous Knowledge Protocols for Respectful and Authentic Cross-cultural Representation in Communication Design Practice’, leading to co authorship of the award winning Australian and International Indigenous Design Charters. Russell is a Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA), Deakin Motion Lab (DML) and the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce (RSA). He was a Regional Ambassador to INDEX: ‘Design to Improve life’ (2007-2013), the Danish Government’s International Award program, and served as President of the International Council of Design (ico-D) from 2009 to 2011, with board membership from 2003 to 2013.


design, filmmaking, professional practice, advocacy, Indigenous protocols, decolonize, national identity, branding, design-thinking

EVIDENCE of ABSENCE: Interactive Novel Project
IMAGINATION: The Big Picture Movement