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Dr Qassim Saad

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Brief Summary

Dr. Qassim Saad is an Industrial Designer with extensive professional experience as a furniture maker and industrial design educator. In his work he implements a professional and research practice focused on both developing user engagement in the design process and reflecting the shift to ‘designing the experience’ as vital practices for future designers. In this context, the design process acknowledges interdisciplinary knowledge and approaches towards culture, human behaviour and technology that are the core elements behind the creation of innovative designs.

His academic work has benefited from numerous opportunities that have been offered him in teaching, research and supervision of design students at tertiary level in Iraq, Jordan, New Zealand, Egypt, and now in Australia. These positions have strengthened his practise in a wide range of teaching methods and techniques across diverse teaching environments and national education systems. He has been consistently committed to creating a learning environment that allows and encourages design students to engage in experimentation, risk-taking and negotiation, and to find ways of bringing their own life experience into the arena of collaborative design practice. 

Dr Saad’s current research practice focuses on innovative design solutions for the expanding applications of digital technologies and smart materials by examining issues surrounding the functionality, usability and aesthetics of the new wave of designs for wearable objects.

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Research Interests

Paradoxically, the contemporary era of globalisation and mass communication has actually fostered a large degree of localisation; the local practices in many societies in both developed and developing worlds are strengthening their local activities. Much contemporary design theory is focused on developing methods that enable creative platforms to arise from which designers can target the needs and demands of society, particularly in the form of services and innovative solutions facing improving the quality of life and wellbeing. This movement in design studies represents an alternative path to the one often taken by designers, who are driven by market demands only to shape physical products. Its proponents argue that designers should redirect their efforts to enhance innovation in society, where demand is not created by consumers, but by ‘social entrepreneurs’ to model a new way of being and doing. Social and community groups can in fact play an effective role in the development of ‘social innovation,’ guiding their knowledge of what is required to make new systems work in their local setting. Social innovation is a fairly new concept in design thinking, utilising design practices in a holistic interdisciplinary context and seeking solutions to social needs. These practices are informed by an understanding of the many elements of social systems and their interconnections. Designers, in turn, may work with local communities as facilitators, utilising their knowledge, conceptual thinking and technical expertise to create effective and well-functioning systems.

 

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Specialty Areas

Industrial Design; User Centre Experience

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Publications


2018

Creative Works

2014

Books - Edited

  • Saad, Q. M. S. ed. 2014. "Design Species." Cairo-Egypt: German University in Cairo.
  • Saad, Q. M. S. ed. 2014. "Design Talks-2, Writing about Design." Cairo-Egypt: German University in Cairo.

2012

Books - Edited

  • Saad, Q. M. S. ed. 2012. "Design Talks-1, Writing about Design." Cairo, Egypt: German University in Cairo.

2011

Creative Works

  • Saad, Q. M. S. 2011. "Wringa Cuppa." Dunedin Fringe festival.

2009

Exhibition - Curation

  • Saad, QMS, D., and D. Barton, M.. "Staff experimental exhibition."
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2018

Books Chapters - Other

2013

Books Chapters - Other

  • Saad, Q. M. S. 2013. "Design and Social Innovation." In D-Nineteen, Design Magazine Suzy Joseph., 10-12: German University in Cairo.

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

2011

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

2009

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Saad, Q. 2009. "Design for Development; rethinking culturally." Scope; Journal of Contemporary Research Topics 4: 187-196.

2008

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Saad, Q. 2008. "The African Bicycle; Design in Development Context, Involvement and Practice." The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability 4 (1): 57-68.
  • Saad, Q. 2008. "Contemporary Iraqi Art: Origins and Development." Scope; Journal of Contemporary Research Topics Art-3: 50-54.

2006

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Saad, Q., and Brodie L. 2006. "Cartoons: Imagery and Controversy." Scope; Journal of Contemporary Research Topics Art-1: 131-140.
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