Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Willhemina Wahlin

 Willhemina Wahlin

Willhemina Wahlin is a Lecturer in Graphic Design within the School of Communication and Creative Industries (SCCI) at Charles Sturt University's Port Macquarie campus. She holds a Bachelor of Media Communications and a Bachelor of Arts (Visual and Performing Arts)(Honours)(Graphic Design) with Charles Sturt University. She is currently undertaking a practice-led doctoral degree with SCCI.

Willhemina Wahlin is a Lecturer in Graphic Design within the School of Communication and Creative Industries (SCCI) at Charles Sturt University's Port Macquarie campus. She holds a Bachelor of Media Communications and a Bachelor of Arts (Visual and Performing Arts)(Honours)(Graphic Design) with Charles Sturt University. She is currently undertaking a practice-led doctoral degree with SCCI.

Willhemina’s background in activism, theatre, journalism and the music industry are all brought into her design practice. She specialises in layout design for exhibitions and publications, but is also actively engaged in branding and web design.

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Willhemina teaches a wide range of Creative Industries subjects within the discipline of Graphic Design, including Design for Ideation, Digital Imaging, Typography and Digital Publishing, Experimental Design, Contemporary Design, Portfolio Development, and Visual Communication. She encourages a studio-based teaching and learning pedagogy, which enhances student learning through peer-to-peer collaboration and feedback, and encourages students to become immersive in the processes of design through studio practice.

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Willhemina's research focuses on the designer's role in the creation of 'difficult knowledge' exhibitions: that is, exhibitions that contain information related to genocide, gender violence, colonialism, war or contested histories. She is developing a model of design practice based on critical hermeneutics and social semiotic, multimodal analysis (the CHaSSMM Model) that reveals a project's underlying ideological framework, and how an exhibition's elements become the 'performance' of that ideology.

Her interest in this field evolved from her work as Creative Director for PROOF: Media for Social Justice, a New York-based non-profit organisation that utilises visual storytelling for human rights and peacebuilding. With PROOF, Willhemina has designed multiple exhibitions that have focused on issues such as genocide prevention, gender violence, child soldiers and criminal justice. These exhibitions have travelled to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Australia, the United States, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Canada. More recently, she has designed exhibitions for PROOF's Moral Courage Project (with the University of Dayton's Human Rights Centre) and Picture Justice (with the United Nations International School and Lyons Community School in Brooklyn, N.Y). In 2019, she will lead a small team of researchers that will bring the Picture Justice program to Australia for the first time, providing up to 15 secondary students within the Port Macquarie local government area an opportunity to learn from university experts in the areas of portrait photography, ethical interviewing, narrative development and design thinking, while exploring their own attitudes towards community, citizenry and processes of democracy.

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Australian Graphic Design Association

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