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Mark Armstrong


  • The Eva & Marc Bensen Int Res Chair, Design
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Personal profile


Mark Armstrong is a Practice Professor in Design at Monash University, a Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia and an inductee into the Design Hall of Fame. The Design Department at Monash University has a strategic focus on the Medtech sector with a newly-formed 'Health Collab'; a design research group focused in the area of Health and Wellbeing. Professor Armstrong provides industrial design expertise to the 'Gennaris' Bionic Eye project, working very closely with clinicians and engineers from the Monash Vision Group to produce the wearable headgear assembly for the first human implant.  The wearable visual sensor and transceiver apparatus developed by Professor Armstrong and his team received Registered Design status by the US Patent Office in 2013. Professor Armstrong currently supervises three Industrial Design PhD candidates in the Health and Wellbeing space.


Mark is recognised as one of Australia's foremost designers. He applies a collaborative multi-disciplinary process of studio-based research to achieve design excellence and innovation. As well as a Practice Professor at Monash University, he was Founder and Director of Blue Sky, one of Australia's leading design consultancies. Over the last decade, Mark has steered Blue Sky to meet new challenges in the Australian design landscape. His clients include Qantas, Cochlear, ResMed, Omega, Breville, Telstra, Coles, Electrolux, Commonwealth Bank, Philips, Caroma, Victa, United Nations, Olympus and SOCOG.


There is a close working relationship between Professor Armstrong and the other investigators. This has enabled regular exchanges of thinking and the development of methodologies that follow world's best practice in terms of ideation, experimentation, testing and prototyping.

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Projects 2012 2020

Improving blood donor retention through innovative design interventions

Armstrong, M., Egerton-Warburton, D., Masser, B. M., Coxon, S., Flynn, D., Potter, E., Dinh, T., Morfuni, R. & Aung, N.


Project: Research

Stage 2 - Hand Hygiene: Re-Design of Systems and Procedures

Armstrong, M., John, K. & Hinds, J.


Project: Research

Venous Access

Armstrong, M. & Stewart, M.


Project: Research

Research Output 2009 2018

Aria + PowerMe

Armstrong, M., Cheung, D., McCardle, F., Johnson, I. & Bell, D., 2018

Research output: Non-textual formDesign / ArchitectureResearch

Co-designing Behaviour Change in Healthcare

John, K., Flynn, D. & Armstrong, M., 2018, Proceedings of DRS 2018: Catalyst. Storni, C., Leahy, K., McMahon, M., Lloyd, P. & Bohemia, E. (eds.). London, UK: Design Research Society, Vol. 5. p. 2101-2115 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearchpeer-review

Non-Compliance and Hospital Acquired Infection: Using Design Methodologies to Improve Hand Hygiene Practices

John, K., Campbell, D., Armstrong, M., Degnan, A. & Hinds, J., 2018, Healthcare Facilities, 41, 1, p. 23-35 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticleResearch

Cochlear Nucleus 7 Battery Charging System

Page, R., Armstrong, M., Richardson, M., De Bono, A. & Cochlear Ltd, 2017

Research output: Non-textual formDesign / ArchitectureResearch

Monash Vision Group's Gennaris cortical implant for vision restoration

Lowery, A. J., Rosenfeld, J. V., Rosa, M. G. P., Brunton, E., Rajan, R., Mann, C., Armstrong, M., Mohan, A., Josh, H., Kleeman, L., Li, W. H. & Pritchard, J., 2017, Artificial Vision: A Clinical Guide. Gabel, V. P. (ed.). Cham, Switzerland: Springer, p. 215-225 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review


2016 Premier's Design Award (Finalist)

Mark Armstrong (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Good Design Award - Commercial and Industrial

Mark Armstrong (Recipient), Henri Spaile (Recipient) & Min Kong (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Press / Media

FOREGROUND: 'Australia’s First Smart Bench'

Mark Armstrong, Danny Cheung, Francis McCardle, Ian Johnson & Dorte Bell


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Article/Feature

FOREGROUND: 'Sydney recharges at Future Street'

Mark Armstrong, Danny Cheung, Francis McCardle, Ian Johnson & Dorte Bell


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Article/Feature

Bank branches not dead but future uncertain

Mark Armstrong, Justin Wagemakers & Henri Spaile


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Article/Feature