THE INDIGENOUS DESIGN CHARTER PROJECT
International and Regional cultural protocols for ethical and respectful design practice
Project team: Dr Russell Kennedy, Professor Meghan Kelly
The Australian and International Indigenous Design Charters have been created as professional best practice guides. The objective of the Charters are to encourage authentic and respectful cultural representation of Indigenous culture in professional design practice (static and motion). Deakin’s School of Communication and Creative Arts are working with design and Indigenous organisations worldwide to produce regionally specific iterations of the International Indigenous Design Charter. The Charters were co-authored by Dr Russell Kennedy and A/Prof Meghan Kelly from Deakin University, Mr JefaGreenaway (Wailwan, Gamillaraay) from Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria (IADV) and Prof Brian Martin (Muruwari, Bundjalung, Gamillaraay). Collaborators include Deakin University’s National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation Institute (NIKERI), Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria (IADV) and the Design Institute of Australia (DIA). The International Indigenous Design Charter was launched in 2017 in Montreal at the World Design Summit. It is endorsed by the International Council of Design (ico-D) and appears as a Best Practice document on their website. Both the Australian and International Indigenous Design Charters feature as Practice Notes on the DIA website. The ongoing research explores ways to improve the scope for Indigenous led implementation and the development of region-specific iterations in Australia and around the globe.
Key words: Indigenous, design, professional-practice, respect, protocols, de colonise.
Kennedy, R. (2019). ‘Designing With Indigenous Knowledge: A Journey To Develop Policy And Protocols For Respectful Cross-Cultural Representation In Design Education And Practice’. AMPS CONFERENCE 17.2 Education, Design and Practice – Understanding skills in a Complex World. Stevens Institute of Technology, AMPS, PARADE, Architecture_MPS. 17—19 June, 2019, pp. 147—156
Kennedy, R., Kelly, M., Martin, B., Greenaway, J. (2018), ‘International Indigenous Design Charter: Protocols for sharing Indigenous knowledge in professional design practice.’ Published by Deakin University. https://www.ico-d.org/database/files/library/International_IDC_book_small_web.pdf
Kennedy, R., Kelly, M (2017). ‘The Australian Indigenous Design Charter: communication design. The development of a guide for respectful professional practice’, Communication design: interdisciplinary and graphic design research, vol. 5, pp. 224—239
Kelly, M., Kennedy, R (2016). ‘Recognizing appropriate representation of Indigenous knowledge in professional design practice’, Visible language, vol. 50, pp. 153—173
Kelly, M., Kennedy, R (2017). ‘The Australian Indigenous Design Charter: A ten-step best practice protocol document essential for design educators and practitioners’, ACUADS 2017 : Proceedings of Australia Council of University Art and Design Schools 2017 Conference, pp. 1–10
Kennedy, R., Kelly, M. (2017). ‘Decolonise, Indigenise And Recognise: Creating The International Indigenous Design Charter’ in Blak Design Matters (exhibition catalogue) edited by Hannah Cartmel, curated by Jefa Greenaway, 14-16.
Kennedy, R., & Kelly, M., Martin, B. Greenaway, J. (2016_, ‘Australian Indigenous Design Charter: Communication Design.’ Published by Deakin University, Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria and the Design Institute of Australia.
Kelly, M and Kennedy, R (2016), ‘Recognizing appropriate representation of Indigenous knowledge in professional design practice’. Vol. 50, pp. 153-173, Visible language, Cincinnati, Ohio, C1
Kennedy, R (2015), ‘Designing with Indigenous Knowledge: Policy and protocols for respectful and authentic cross-cultural representation in communication design practice’, Ph.D Thesis, Swinburne University Faculty of Design.