Dr Manuela Taboada

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Faculty of Creative Industries, Education & Social Justice,
School of Design,
Visual Communication


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Senior Lecturer (Graphic Design)
Faculty of Creative Industries, Education & Social Justice,
School of Design,
Visual Communication


change through design, collaborative design, design and complexity, design experience, design thinking, place identity and branding, places as complex emergent systems, sustainable tourism, visual communication


Design Practice and Management, Communication and Media Studies, Urban and Regional Planning

Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


  • Doctor of Philosophy (University of New England)
  • BSc Computer Science & System Analysis (Other)
  • BA Hons ¿ Industrial Design & Visual Communication Design (Other)


Manuela has a higher degree teaching portfolio that spans over 10 years both in Australia and in Brazil. She has written, coordinated and run undergraduate classes in both countries on subjects that range from visual communication design and web-design to design theory, creativity and design thinking.

Manuela has led and participated in major curriculum development projects on the roles of student representative, entrepreneur and staff member both in Brazil and in Australia, for private and higher degree courses in the areas of visual arts, visual communication and interactive design.

In 2011 Manuela has driven the inclusion of a first year unit dedicated to creativity and design thinking in the IVD program (DXB101 Design & Creative Thinking). Between 2012 and 2015 Manuela had the role of Study Area Coordinator for Interactive & Visual Design at QUT during her time as Study Area Coordinator, she lead the major changes in the IVD curriculum, which had its major focus on understanding creativity as an entrepreneurial skill, developing visual expression as a trans-media ability, and using designerly ways of thinking to re-define and propose solutions to technical, visual and social problems.

More recently, Manuela developed the curriculum for a new Foundation Unit for the School of Design. Design Consequences is a unit that looks into the historical evolution of design and its impacts and consequences in shaping our contemporary world and our ways of living and being in the world.

Current and past units:

  • DYB214 Design Consequences
  • DVB201 Typographic Design
  • DVB102 Image Production
  • DXB101 Design & Creative Thinking
  • DXH601 Integrated Experience Design
  • KIB231 Typography & Illustration
  • KIB120 Graphic Design
  • KIB338 Print Media


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Current supervisions

  • System Dynamics analysis for a circular transition of the plastics economy in Australia: Optimization of local plastic economy, policy and recycling through systemic feedback modelling and policy scenarios testing
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Leonie Barner
  • Creating and applying design-driven, data-driven tools to understand and depict spatially marginalized communities
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Heather McKinnon
  • Applying Comics as a Tool for Adult Digital Literacy Learning: A Study within a Supportive Housing Group
    PhD, Mentoring Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Jeremy Kerr
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Jane Turner
  • Designing for narrative therapy through emergent game-narrative in table-top role-playing games
    Professional Doctorate, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Jane Turner, Dr Jeremy Kerr