Wendy Ellerton

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Wendy Ellerton is a lecturer in the Department of Design and part of the WonderLab PhD Research Cohort. Her research is interested in the relationship between learner mindsets and multi-modal teaching.

She has a Masters in Type and Media from the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Netherlands and has worked with a number of international type foundries. Over the last 15 years she has practiced as a designer at Hofstede Design and Studio Round, and as a consultant to Future Days and Maythorpe. In 2014 she founded her own practice Polar Space to house a diverse design practice that spans identity, publication, packaging, type and furniture design.

Wendy has lectured on type design for the Australian Graphic Design Association and conducted design workshops internationally in Florence, Milan, Beijing and Riyadh. Her teaching practice encourages learners to develop a mindful and sustainable practice that emphasizes process, creativity, collaboration and design thinking.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Design - Type & Media, Masters, Imogen - A humanist san in 8 weights, Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten (KABK) Royal Academy of Art

1 Aug 200430 May 2005

Award Date: 25 Jun 2005

Design, Honours Degree of Bachelor of Visual Communication, Ferrara a classical serif typeface

1 Mar 200220 Nov 2002

Award Date: 1 Dec 2002

Design (Visual Communication), Bachelor

1 Mar 199920 Nov 2001

Award Date: 31 Dec 2001

External positions

Teaching Associate, RMIT University

30 Jun 201631 Dec 2017

Research area keywords

  • Collaborative Design
  • Practice as Research
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Transformative learning
  • Design Pedagogy
  • Feedback and Assessment
  • Communication Design

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