Hi there.
I am a Speaker
Author and Typographer.

I am passionate about travel and collaborating on creative projects.

My doctoral research has led me to create pieces of tactile typography for commercial clients all over the world.

I enjoy the process of working with designers, art directors, event coordinators and brand managers to discover how my tactile techniques can complement your brand and message.

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Dominique Falla

Speaker Author • Typographer
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About Me In a Nutshell


I am passionate about sharing ideas. I have lectured at university for 16 years and given many conference presentations on the topics of my work and creativity fitness.

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I have published seven books on design and typography and I blog regularly. My current book project is on the topic of creativity fitness and will be published next year.

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My doctoral research into tactile typography began in 2009 and has spawned many commissions and international installations. I hope this continues into the future.

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Artist Features

2016 Gettamungstit magazine

2016 BJ Ball magazine (Typism)

2014 +81 magazine

2013 Collective magazine (Typism)

2013 Gold Coast Creative magazine (Typism)

2012 Novum magazine

2012 Digital Arts magazine

2012 Raw Ink magazine

2012 Artflow magazine

2012 Artbox magazine

2011 Gold Coast Creative magazine

2011 Winter For Elbows online magazine.

Awards and Scholarships

2015  DVA—Awarded Doctor of Visual Arts

2014  3MT—AEL Winner 3-Minute Thesis Competition

2012  ACUADS—Winner Distinguished Teaching Award

2012  QANTM Create Awards—Shortlisted twice

2012  Semi-Permanent Poster competition—Highly Commended

2012  Arts Queensland Career Development Grant—Recipient

2012  UAP Brisbane Public Art Project—Invited to tender

2012  Griffith IEIS travel grant—to attend Masters workshop in Rome

2012  Dulux Colour Awards—Shortlisted

2012  Griffith AEL group research grant—Election survey

2011  AGDA Poster Annual—Finalist

2010  Women in Technology Awards—Shortlisted Candidate

2010  Work selected to appear in ‘1000 Steampunk Collection’ and ‘The Design Federation Annual’

2010  Q2 program for innovation—nominated

2007  DG Portfolio magazine—Double-page spread in ‘textures’ section (Visualising Steampunk)

2005  Digital Media World Digital Imaging Awards—Second Place (Pedal Dress)

2001–2003  Monash Postgraduate Fellowship for Masters study (Visualising Steampunk)

2001  Arts Council of Australia—Grant for picture book creators (Jump, Baby!)

2000  Australian Publishers Association Design Awards—Shortlisted (Night Owl)

1996  The New York Dimensional Illustrators Awards—Bronze Medal (Weather or Not)

1995  CBCBook of the Year Awards—Honour Book (Woodlore)

1996  The New York Dimensional Illustrators Awards—Bronze Medal (Woodlore).

Other Activities/Affiliations

2015 Organiser at TYPISM Conference 2015

2016 Program Reviewer for Wentworth Institute

2011–2015  Author for Gold Coast Creative magazine

2013 Organiser and plenary Speaker at TYPISM Conference 2013

2013 Masters Program Reviewer for Monash University

2013 Member of Industry Advisory Committee for Martin College Brisbane

2013 MC at ’7×7′ number 4, 5, and 6 for DIA Gold Coast

2012 Masters Program Reviewer for Monash University

2012 MC at ’7×7′ number 3 for DIA Gold Coast

2012 Speaker at the Pallazzo delle Esposizione (Palaexpo), Rome, Italy

2012 Participated in School of Visual Arts (SVA) Masters of Typography program, Rome, Italy

2012 Coordinated QCA design students projects, including: Griffith 1K Innovation Challenge Awards winners

2012  Tactile Typography workshop for QCA Gold Coast ‘Experience Day’

2012  Guest Speaker at ‘The Salon Night’ for Community hArt.

2012  Program reviewer for GCIT

2012  Guest Speaker at GCIT

2012  Guest Speaker at Martin College

2012  Speaker at ’7×7 Youngbloods’ for DIA Gold Coast

2011–2013  Founding member of the ’We Heart’ Collective

2011–2012  Open Day, First-year Camp, and Graduation participant for QCA Gold Coast

2010–2012  Contributing writer to Desktop Magazine

2009–2012  Current member of the DIA

2009–2012  On the board of the Design Federation

2011 Invited stakeholder in the master-planning stages of the Cold Coast Cultural Precinct development

2008–2011 Ongoing writing and delivery of short courses on a variety of subjects for Griffith Enterprise

2010  Poster presented on ‘Work Integrated Learning (WIL) at QCA Gold Coast, Griffith University’, as part of the ‘INTED Teaching and Technology conference’ in Valencia, Spain

2009  Guest lecturer at the SMAANZ annual PhD conference held at Bond University

2009  Accompanied QCA design and photography students on overseas study tour to Prague for three weeks. Undertook my own “tague” project as part of DVA research

2008–2010  Coordinated QCA design students projects, including: Highlights exhibition at Gold Coast City Council Chambers, Gold Coast Creative graduate catalogue, Studiotown graduate catalogue, Mediamorphosis graduate catalogue, Southern Cross Packaging Awards winners, Sierra Grand sculpture installations, Stir.org projects for social change, Kiva.org projects for social change.

2006–2008  Guest lecturer at the Sustainable Tourism Centre for Research annual PhD conferences

2000–2003  Guest lecturer at the Vis.Com annual conferences

2000–2002  Vice President of the Illustrators Association of Australia

1996–2002  Society of Book Illustrators (SOBI) founding member.

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Research Publications

Falla, D 2015, ‘Typism Book 2’, Finesse Press, Byron Bay

Falla, D 2014, ‘Postcards from Rome’, Finesse Press, Byron Bay (typography research publication—full text)

Falla, D 2013, ‘Typism Book 1’, Finesse Press, Byron Bay

Falla, D 2013, ‘Tactile Typography in the New Aesthetic’ Studio Research Issue #1, Octivium Press, Brisbane (chapter)

Dutcher 2012, ‘You Are So Loved’ Chronicle Books, San Francisco, USA (works included)

MAGMA 2012, ‘Bright! – Typography between Illustration and Art’ DAAB Media, Cologne, Germany (works included)

Falla, D 2012, ‘Goodbye Helvetica’, Finesse Press, Byron Bay (typography research publication—full text)

Hade 2012, ‘Choi’s Package’ Choi’s Gallery Publishing, Shanghai (works included)

Whittle, S, 2012, ‘Needlecraft Style Directory’ RotoVision SA (works included)

Bridger, E 2011, ‘Shared Vision… Wspólna Wizja…‘ exhibition catalogue (works included)

QCA Gold Coast 2011, ‘Gold Coast Creative: vol. 2’ Sanctuary Cove Publishing, Gold Coast (works included)

Falla, D 2011, ‘Things We Have Learned In Our Life So Far’, Finesse Press, Byron Bay (typography research publication—editor and chapter)

Fischel, C and Gardner, B, 2011 ‘LogoLounge Master Library’ Rockport Publishers (works included)

Dr Grymm, 2011, ‘1000 Steampunk Creations’, Quarry Books (works included)

Falla, D 2010, ‘Visualising Steampunk’, LAP Publishing, Germany (masters research publication—full text)

ed. Falla, D and Faulkner, H 2010, ‘Comfortable Shoes Only’, Finesse Press, Byron Bay (student photography research publication—editor and chapter)

Falla, D 2009, ‘The {tague} project’, Finesse Press, Byron Bay (public art research publication—full text)

Falla, D 2001, ‘Looking Better in Print’, Tertiary Press, Melbourne. (280-page textbook on desktop publishing—full text)

Falla, D and Miller, C 1994, ‘Woodlore’, Omnibus Books, South Australia. (Award-winning children’s book made from wooden illustrations).

Solo Exhibitions

2015  ‘Safe to Touch’—Whitebox Gallery, Southbank

2014  ‘Postcards from Rome’—Whitebox Gallery, Gold Coast

2013  ‘Heres to the Curious’—Google Zeitgeist Conference, Arizona

2012  ‘Typographically Speaking’—One-Way Street Party. Surfer’s Paradise Festival

2012  ‘Goodbye Helvetica’—T-space Gallery, Gold Coast

2004  ‘Visualising Steampunk’—The Foundry Gallery, North Fitzroy

Group Exhibitions

2015   ‘Hop for Hope’—Yarra Valley Choclaterie

2015   ‘Stereotype: New Directions in Typography’—Parsons The New School, New York

2014   ‘Stereotype: New Directions in Typography’—BSA Space, Boston

2013   ‘Read, Watch, Discover’—collaboration with Jack Tierney @ Design Montage Relaunch, Woolloongabba

2013   ‘Ampersans’—Cambus Wallace, Nobby Beach

2013   ‘Foxtrot’—Scooters Gallery, Kirra

2013   ‘Threesome’—collaboration with Studio Oblong and Thea Skelsey @ Design Kids, Brisbane

2013   ‘We Heart Music’—Crown Studios, Burleigh

2013   ‘Alt Design Summit’—Alt Gallery, Utah

2012  ‘Dexhibition’—Skate Deck charity fundraiser, GCIT Coomera Campus

2012  ‘Launch Show’—Darkmoon pop-up art space, Burleigh Heads

2012  ‘Beautiful Bitmaps’—UPPERCASE Gallery. Calgary, Canada

2012  ‘We Heart One Way’—One-Way Street Party. Surfer’s Paradise Festival

2012  ‘AGDA Poster annual finalists’—Gallery of Australian Design, Canberra

2012  ‘Colour Wheel’—87Artzone, Upper Coomera

2012  ‘Speaking to the Individual—District 01 Gallery, Sydney

2012  ‘We Heart Numbers’—Rabbit Hole Gallery, Brisbane

2012  ‘Square One’—Bleeding Heart Gallery, Brisbane

2012  ‘Seven w/Another 4’—collaboration with Ryan Walsh @ Substation No. 4, Brisbane

2011  ‘We Heart Holidays’—Kerbside, Brisbane

2011  ‘Paste Modernism 3’—Cockatoo Island, Sydney

2011  ‘Shared Vision… Wspólna Wizja…—exhibition series, Poland

2011  ‘AGDA Poster annual finalists’—Gaffa Gallery, Sydney

2011  ‘We Heart Winter’—White Box Gallery, Gold Coast

2011  ‘We Heart Home’—Home Exhibition, Brisbane

2011  ‘Flat White Spaces’—Bermuda Point, Varsity Lakes

2011  ‘The Art of the Book’—Robina City Gallery, Robina

2011  ‘We Heart Paper’—White Box Gallery, Gold Coast

2009  ‘Samoobsluha: self service’—Lightspace Gallery, Brisbane

2005  ‘Children’s Book Week’—Customs House Gallery, Warrnambool

2004  ‘Performance’—The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

2004  ‘Visualising Steampunk’—Monash University Faculty Gallery, Caulfield

2003  ‘Sustainable Living’—Federation Square, Melbourne

2002  ‘Dimensional Illustrations’—Dromkeen Museum, Victoria

2001  ‘Put Yourself in the Picture’—Chapel off Chapel Gallery, South Yarra.

  • 2015  Doctor of Visual Arts (by research)—Griffith University
  • 2004  Master of Design (by research)—Monash University
  • 1991  Bachelor of Art (Graphic Design)—Swinburne University
  • 1990  Diploma of Art (Graphic Design)—Swinburne Institute of Technology.
Select Client List
  • Google—Nail and String branding installation
  • Penguin BooksPin and String book cover
  • Doubleday Books—Pin and String book cover
  • Urbanite | Frost*—Nail and String branding installation
  • Avalere—Tactile Typography branding illustrations
  • Columbia Law School—Magazine cover and inside feature illustrations
  • The Loom Apartments—Pin and String logo for Sydney development branding
  • WIRED Magazine—Pin and String logo for May 2012 issue
  • Brownbook Magazine—Pin and String logo and map of the Middle East.
Work Experience
  • 2015–current Deputy Head of School—Griffith University (QCA)
  • 2005–2015 Graphic Design Lecturer—Griffith University (QCA)
  • 2005–2010 Creative director—Moonsail Design
  • 2005–2009 Creative director—D’signart Creations—Gold Coast branding agency
  • 2005–2009 Multimedia and Cultural Studies lecturer—Central Queensland University (CQU)
  • 1995–2005 Creative director—Small Hours Studio
  • 2001–2004 Design lecturer—School of Multimedia Systems—Monash University
  • 2001–2004 Design lecturer—Swinburne TAFE
  • 1991–2004 Illustrator and designer—Small Hours Studio.
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We are so thrilled with your creativity and generous contribution toward making the upcoming Hop for Hope exhibition a success. Thank you once again for your beautiful sculpture.
Leanne NeelandYarra Valley Chocolaterie
Dominique is a unique character with an addictive sense of style and a no-fuss approach to graphic design. She has the ability to teach in an engaging and exciting manner which allows her students to absorb and retain the information given.
Irvin KrajisnikGame Designer
Dominique was a lecturer for most of my design courses at University. I found her knowledge and experience very valuable and entertaining as she has a wonderful personality. It was a privilege to be taught by her.
Kayla WilsonAccount Coordinator at Fairfax Media

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