International Indigenous Design Charter

The International Indigenous Design Charter has been created to serve as a living document for ongoing consideration for the best practice protocols when working with Indigenous knowledge in commercial design practice. The International Indigenous Design Charter extends on the Australian Indigenous Design Charter—Communication Design which was co- authored by Dr Russell Kennedy and Dr Meghan Kelly from Deakin University and developed in collaboration with the Deakin University, Institute of Koorie Education (IKE), Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria (IADV) and the Management and Executive Board of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA).

The International Indigenous Design Charter takes into consideration the needs of the diverse design communities and cultures globally.
 

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  • The International Indigenous Design Charter (International IDC or, the Charter) was co-authored by Dr. Russell Kennedy and Dr. Meghan Kelly from Deakin University, Mr. Jefa Greenaway (Wailwan, Gamillaraay) from Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria (IADV), Greenaway Architects and the University of Melbourne, and Professor Brian Martin (Muruwari, Bundjalung, Gamillaraay) in consultation with Australian and international community representatives (for a full list please see appendix 4.2 of the document).


    Author bios:

    Jefa Greenaway (Wailwan, Gamillaraay)  Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria (IADV), Greenaway Architects and the University of Melbourne

    Jefa Greenaway is Director of Greenaway Architects, a holistic design practice undertaking architectural, landscape, interior and urban design projects for private, commercial and educational clients. He is also a Lecturer at the University of Melbourne, focusing on Indigenous curriculum development.


    Dr Russell Kennedy
    Senior Lecturer, Visual Communication DesignDeakin University, School of Communication and Creative Arts

    Russell Kennedy is a Senior Lecturer and Course Director of Design at Deakin University. Kennedy’s research is in the area of cultural representation focusing on the relationship of indigenous visual culture to national Identity. Kennedy’s PhD thesis is titled Designing with indigenous knowledge: Policy and protocols for respectful and authentic cross-cultural representation in communication design practice. Kennedy is a Fellow of both the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce (RSA) and the Design Institute of Australia (DIA). He was President of the International Council of Communication Design Icograda (2009-2011) and a board member (2003 -2013). Kennedy was a Regional Ambassador to INDEX: 'Design to Improve life', the Danish Government’s International Award program (2007-2013).


    Dr Meghan Kelly
    Senior Lecturer, Visual Communication DesignDeakin University, School of Communication and Creative Arts

    Meghan Kelly is a Senior Lecturer in Visual Communication Design at Deakin University and currently serves as the Associate Head of School for Teaching and Learning in the School of Communication and Creative Arts. Kelly’s research explores issues surrounding identity creation and representation in a cross-cultural context with a focus on indigenous communities. Her passion for a global understanding of design extends into her teaching practice and continues to be explored in research projects and design opportunities. Together with Kennedy, Kelly has written the Australian Indigenous Design Charter: Communication Design and has travelled to Denmark, Greenland and Sweden to explore its transformation into the International Indigenous Design Charter. Kelly is a member of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA).


    Dr Brian Martin (Muruwari, Bundjalung,Kamilaroi)
    Deakin University, Institute of Koorie Education (IKE)

    Brian Martin expertise is in the area of Australian Aboriginal representation and cultural competency building in business. Brian designs, develops and delivers cultural awareness programs, including Reconciliation Action Plans, to various private and public organisations. While Acting Director of the Institute of Koori Education at Deakin University Australia, Brian provided academic, research and administrative leadership to the Institutes staff and students. His role was to ensure that the Institute of Koorie Education fulfilled its mission to enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to study without being removed from their communities for substantial periods of time. His publication history has investigated the relationship of materialism in the arts to an Indigenous worldview and Aboriginal knowledge framework and epistemology. As a practising artist for twenty-five years, Brian exhibits both nationally and internationally. His work is in various private and public collections including the National Gallery of Victoria.

  • Protocols for sharing Indigenous knowledge in professional design practice.
     

    Read ico-D news and features on the International IDC: 

     

    Indigenous Design Means Business

    International Indigenous Design Charter Walks the Talk in Hong Kong
    The International Indigenous Design Charter sets a new benchmark for authentic cultural representation in professional practice at the 2018 annual Hong Kong Business of Design Week (BoDW). The Charter attracted considerable interest in a city which admits to be still navigating the process of decolonisation post the 1997 handover. Feature by Dr Russell Kennedy (January 2019)


    Best Practice Guide: the International Indigenous Design Charter launched in Australia

    Jefa Greenaway of the Wailan Kamilaroi Nations and Lecturer at the University of Melbourne discusses the development of the important cultural innovation tool, the International Indigenous Design Charter, a core document that now forms part of ico-D's Best Practices Resources. Article by Jefa Greenaway for ico-D on the occasion of the Charter's Australian launch. (May 2018)

     

    INDIGO Project: International Indigenous Design Charter
    ico-D interviews the three main authors of the International Indigenous Design Charter by Dr Russell Kennedy and Dr Meghan Kelly from Deakin University, School of Communication and Creative Arts in collaboration with Dr Brian Martin (Muruwari, Bundjalung,
Kamilaroi), Deakin University, Institute of Koorie Education (IKE) about this project. The document will be based upon the Australian Indigenous Design Charter: Communication Design (AIDC: CD) by the same authors. (June 2017)
     

    Deakin University to host INDIGO
    On 20 November 2016 ico-D Member Deakin University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with ico-D as a part of a formal commitment to transfer management of INDIGO, the International Indigenous Design Network, to Deakin University for the next five years. The agreement included a plan to launch the International Indigenous Design Charter as a flagship project for INDIGO during 10 Days to Change the World in Montréal next year at the World Design Summit.  (November 2016)