The ‘Nonfiction Design’ studio an industry-linked collaboration between Media and Communication Design was run in Semester 1. The studio was co-facilitated by Seth Keen (Media – nonfictionLab) and Peter West (Communication Design – Design Futures).
The title of the studio ‘Nonfiction Design’ extends Seth’s research into the integration of design methodologies and methods into professional media production as part of working out how documentary practices can be applied to different contexts.
The Communication Design and Media Programs in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University were presented with the opportunity to collaborate with the not-for-profit ‘Lentara United Care’, known as ‘Lentara’ a community services organisation affiliated to the United Church, Australia. Lentara was looking for new ways to communicate the social service work they do to their volunteers, supporters and the public.
The industry partnership with Lentara was established from a studio model of teaching and learning, which aims to foster interdisciplinary and real-world engagement with industry practices. In this studio titled ‘Nonfiction Design’ there was an opportunity to explore how the two disciplines of Communication Design and Media could work together. The envisioned outcomes from this interdisciplinary collaboration was some prototype ideas that mixed together graphic design, advertising, branding, film, television, radio and new media practices.
The collaboration with Lentara was set around the establishment of six project groups working on: Asylum Seeker Housing, United Women, Men’s Shed, a Shower Bus initiative, Recycled Clothing and the Lentara Winter Appeal.
First publicity article with more background – “Design and media students making a difference with Lentara”.
All the six projects groups will be implemented as part of the Lentara’s 2016 communication strategies.
Three weeks after the studio has wrapped up – The Lentara Winter Appeal is being released.
Three studio members have secured paid part-time positions with Lentara – as part of follow through on the implementation of projects.
Lentara set up a alternative specialist digital media volunteer program for students to follow through on projects.
A hardcopy studio book has been produced that documents the processes of the studio.