Cal Swann






NatDip, MA

Profile: Cal Swann was Professor in the School of Design at Curtin University of Technology, Australia. Prior to that, he was Professor and Head of the School of Design at the University of South Australia and before that he was Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Art and Design at Liverpool Polytechnic (now Liverpool John Moores University) in England. He was Head of Graphic Design at London’s Saint Martin’s School of Art in the 1980s, among many other teaching and design roles around the UK.

His special interest is in typography and the communication of language in its spoken and printed forms. An MA in Applied Linguistics from Lancaster University in 1986 saw the two disciplines merged in Language and Typography (1991, Lund Humphries),

following the earlier how-to-do-it manual Techniques of Typography (1969, 1981) also for Lund Humphries (Watson Guptill in the US). He has written many articles for journals and presented papers in international conferences (just Google ‘Professor Cal Swann’). A former Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia and a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers (UK), Cal has been a designer and educator in England and Australia throughout the last five decades.

Retired from the full-time grind, he continues to design graphics, write articles, teach typography workshops, play enthusiastic (but amateur!) jazz, and enjoy family life under a cloudless, Australian blue sky.

Sangeeta Jain







Title: Lecturer
Qualifications: MDID, Dip Art

Profile: Design is my life. I am Design. Dot, line, shape, form, space, colour, composition, light and shade, balance and rhythm, are inseparable elements of my life. When each element comes together in perfect harmony with the other, it creates a wonderful design. However there is a charm in imperfection too. Imperfection holds a true potential to be perfect! I believe that it is human to be imperfect and this journey of life is the progression that could lead to perfection. Therefore I would best describe myself as a Student of Life.
My area of interest and proficiency is in the field of Visual Communication with majors in Graphic, Web and Interaction Design. I am fond of an interdisciplinary approach to design. My rich international exposure has provided me with the opportunity to draw connections between unique cultures, trends and design. It has also helped me relate and to communicate clearly and effectively with students of all levels. In my classes I aim to develop an interactive environment in which students can express themselves creatively and to make learning more meaningful.

Professor Ron Newman






Title: Chief Executive Officer / Lecturer
ASTC Ind Des, GDipHEd, FIA,

Profile: As a professional designer who joined the ranks of academia full time in 1994, Professor Newman brings a mix of design and business experiences to higher education and an acute business acumen to the management of projects and academic units.

Professor Newman completed his studies in Industrial Design at the National Art School (NAS) in the early 1970s and has held various design and design management positions in Australia and Europe. Senior design positions with Philips, Email and for six years as Research and Development Manager for Sebel Furniture paralleled his editorial stewardship of the national magazine Design in Australia and various executive roles within the Design Institute of Australia (DIA).

For five years in the late 1980s Professor Newman was the Chief Executive Officer of the public company, Exhibit Resources, which he established, a company involved in design and fabrication of museums and exhibitions. Professor Newman has

held many board directorships and consultancy positions to major companies.

Professor Newman was Head of School of Design Studies, College of Fine Arts (COFA), the University of New South Wales (UNSW) for eight years from 1992 to 2000 and from 2002 for 4 years he was Director & Dean of Sydney College of the Arts, the visual arts Faculty of the University of Sydney. In January 2005 Auckland University through its business incubator, IceHouse, appointed Professor Newman into a parallel role as Entrepreneur in Residence, a residency designed to initiate new collaborations within Auckland University and encouraging outreach to the commercial community of New Zealand.

In September 2006 Professor Newman left the University of Sydney, to join Raffles Education Corp (REC) to become Vice President and later (2008) President of Raffles University System, at REC’s headquarters in Singapore. Professor Newman left REC in 2011 and is currently CEO of Virtu Institute.