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Dr Stuart Medley

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Stuart is Acting Associate Head of School for the School of Communications and Arts in the Faculty of Education and Arts.

Staff Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts, Western Australian Institute of Technology.
  • Doctor, Edith Cowan University, 2009.


Recent Research Grants

  • Request for food and nutrition curriculum support materials as part of the WA Healthy Children Program - K-10 School Food and Nutrition Curriculum Support Materials,  Department of Health WA,  WA Healthy Children Program,  2012 - 2018,  $814,961.
  • Screening the Score: Exploring the Potentials and Limitations of Presenting Music Notation on the iPad,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2014,  2014 - 2016,  $20,000.
  • Using community engagement and enhanced visual information to promote FireWatch satellite communication as a support for collaborative decision-making,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (Projects),  2012 - 2016,  $487,368.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)


  • Medley, S., (2012), The Picture in Design: What Graphic Designers, Art Directors and Illustrators Should Know about Communicating with Pictures. The Image, 168, Champaign, Illinois.

Journal Articles

  • Haimes, P., Medley, S., Clarkson, B., (2014), Geo-spatial simplicity: Designing map interfaces for bushfire planning. The International Journal of Visual Design, 7(2), 37-45, Champaign, Illinois.
  • Medley, S., Haddad, H., (2011), The Realism Continuum, Representation and Perception. The International Journal of the Image, 1(2), 145-156, New York.

Conference Publications

  • Medley, S., Kueh, C., (2015), Beyond problem solving: A framework to teach design as an experiment in the university environment. Ministry of Design: From Cottage Industry to State Enterprise, Colloquium Proceedings , 2(28-29 May 2015), 170-180, St. Augustine, Trinidad.
  • Rainey, A., Medley, S., (2013), A Picture is Worth a Thousand Votes: Graphicacy Skills for Political Debate. Australian Council of University Art & Design Schools (ACUADS) Conference 2012, 14, Perth, Australia.
  • Kueh, C., Medley, S., Price, A., (2013), Service Design 101: The joy and challenge of introducing service design into an undergraduate design curriculum. Crafting The Future: 10th European Academy of Design Conference, 13p, Gothenburg.
  • Medley, S., (2013), Designing with Images: using a realism continuum to choose pictures for communication tasks. Australian Council of University Art & Design Schools (ACUADS) Conference 2012, 9p., Perth, Australia.
  • Haimes, P., Brady, D., Clarkson, B., Medley, S., (2013), Engaging with communities as a design process: redesigning the FireWatch interface. Earth: Fire & Rain - Proceedings of the Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference 2013, 107-124, Nerang, Queensland.
  • McMahon, M., Haddad, H., Medley, S., (2013), The Making of SCA Face: building a school of art and design identity within a university. ACUADS 2012: Region and Isolation: The changing function of art & design education within diasporic cultures and borderless communities, 10p, Western Australia.
  • Haddad, H., Medley, S., (2013), The HD Magazine: Graphists and Wordsmiths. ACUADS Conference 2012 - Region and Isolation: The changing function of art & design education within diasporic cultures and borderless communities, 8p., Western Australia.
  • Haimes, P., Jung, J., Medley, S., (2013), Bridging the gap: scenario-based design as a solution for delayed access to users. Australian Council of University Art & Design Schools Conference Proceedings, 1-10, Paddington, NSW.
  • Medley, S., Haddad, H., (2011), The Mechanics of Caricature and Their Application in the Classroom Through Software. Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2011, 482-487, Chesapeake, VA, USA.

Creative Works

  • Medley, S., (2014), No.19 Squadron Spitfires Scramble!., RAF Duxford.
  • Barstow, C., Phillips, M., Medley, S., (2014), A dancer, an artist, a designer walk into an ambush... inConversation, Spectrum Project Space.
  • Medley, S., (2014), Vox Caldus. Ancrages, Maison des Auteurs, Angouleme, France.
  • Medley, S., (2013), Umpire catalogue. Umpire, Spectrum Project Space.
  • Medley, S., (2013), Ranfurly Illustrations. Project Maniototo, Town of Ranfurly, New Zealand.
  • Medley, S., (2013), Invariant Array. Becoming , Art Gallery of the University of Science & Technology, Shanghai, China.
  • Medley, S., (2013), Becoming Catalogue. Becoming, University of Science & Technology, Shanghai, China.
  • Medley, S., (2013), The Great Tree. Adventures in Comics, Margate, UK.
  • Davies, K., Medley, S., Haddad, H., (2012), HD Magazine - Health Edition Design and Journalism. HD Magazine Health Edition (HD4), Perth, WA, and online.
  • Medley, S., (2012), Score and Script. Comica 2012, the 9th London International Comics Festival, the Score and Script Exhibition , Centre for Recent Drawing, Islington, UK.
  • Medley, S., (2012), Life Boat. Adventures in Comics 2 2012, 2(2), Margate, UK.
  • Medley, S., (2012), Illustrations for the book Doing Research in Design. Doing Research in Design, London, New York.
  • Medley, S., (2011), Mechanical Elephant by Stuart Medley. Adventures in Comics Exhibition, Marine Studios, Margate.
  • Medley, S., (2011), Snow Day. The Dunedin Comic Review Volume 1 Number 2 Autumn 2011 p.22-23, The Dunedin Comic Review.
  • Haddad, H., Medley, S., Davies, K., Mason, A., (2011), HD Magazine: Science Edition - art direction. HD Magazine: Science Edition, Perth , WA.
  • Haddad, H., Medley, S., Davies, K., (2011), HD Magazine: Pacific Politics Edition - art direction. HD Magazine: Pacific Politics Edition, Perth WA.
  • Medley, S., (2011), Slowbeings logo. Logolounge Master Library Volume 2. 3000 Animal and Mythology logos, Beverly, Massachusetts.
  • Kueh, C., Haddad, H., Ormsby, E., Medley, S., Price, A., (2014), The Happiness Project. The Happiness Project, Fremantle Town Hall.
  • Medley, S., (2012), Perth Augury. Perth Augury, Perth Town Hall.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Designing For Communities In Bushfire-prone Situations: Redesigning The Firewatch Website Interface.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Cultures Of Practice Within Design: An Exploration Of The Differences And Similarities Between Photography And Painting As Representational Practices.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  What Remains Is The Book: The Idea Of The Book In And Around Electronic Space
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Print To Pixel: How Can The Cultural Implications Of Mediated Images And Text Be Examined Using Creative Practice?

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Improving The Aesthetic And Other Experiential Design Aspects Of Bicycle Paths In Western Australia
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