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Dominique Falla is an Australian designer/artist who works in a variety of craft mediums and combines them with a digital aesthetic to make tactile typography pieces. She is currently interested in the New Aesthetic and exploring ways in which the digital world can inhabit the real one using typography.


2009–current  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.


Solo Exhibitions and Installations

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

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.

 Research Publications List

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

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).

Commissioned illustrations for over 30 children’s books. Publishers include: Macmillan, Pearson, Rigby, HarperCollins, Allen & Unwin, Five Mile Press, Nelson and Weldon Owen.

Artist Features

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

Select Awards and Scholarships

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  CBC, Book of the Year Awards—Honour Book (Woodlore)

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

Artist Representation

Creasenso Talent Agency in France

Art to Art online gallery.

Other Activities/Affiliations

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

2011–2012  Author for Gold Coast Creative magazine

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, projects for social change, 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.

Research Interests

Steampunk A sub-genre of Science Fiction, where the technology is made visible and supposes that other more ‘magical technologies were available in a Victorian age of steam. My Masters research investigated a visual aesthetic for Steampunk, and was recently published by LAP Publishing and is currently available for sale on Amazon.

Tactile Typography I am interested in exploring the interplay between tactile and digital image making and seeing how pre-digital technologies and crafts can be reinterpreted using modern graphic design techniques and software, especially with regards to typography.

Work Integrated Learning Because of my position within Liveworm Gold Coast and also my involvement with Community Design and convening Industry Project, building relationships—between our students and the wider community—has become an intrinsic part of my role at QCA Gold Coast. I have a proud record of finding our students employment and successfully coaching them through the transition between student and emerging professional, as well as managing projects through Liveworm, such as the Kombumerri Project, The Southern Cross Packaging Awards and the Gold Coast Creative Publication. I recently gave a paper at the INTED conference in Spain about the success of our WIL program at QCA Gold Coast.

Select Graphic Design Commissions

Australian Pterygium Centre—Brochure and folder design

Sydney Aquarium—3D installation

Pacific Fair shopping centre—two exhibition designs

Australian Conservation Foundation—catalogues, labels and merchandising

Coca Cola—signage

Hungry Jacks—signage and in-store promotions

Select Illustration and Typography commissions

Doubleday BooksPin and String book cover

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

National Heart Foundation—Christmas cards

SuperFunds Magazine—14 bi-monthly editorial illustrations

Dulux—Fairy Paint labels

The Met—’Water and Wetlands commemorative tram”

Big Sister—complete Christmas packaging range

Red Hot Chili Peppers—poster.

Work Experience

2005–current Design and Program Convenor: Griffith University (QCA)

(Bachelors of Visual/Digital Media, Bachelor of Digital Design, Bachelor of Design) Responsible for: writing courses, creating briefs, writing and delivering lectures, ongoing assessment and tutoring into Graphic Design 1, 2 and 3, Digital Imaging, Digital Environments, Applied Digital Design, Industry Project, Typography 1 and 2, CDP 1 and Community Design subjects, as well as supervising the industry work placements. Creative Director of Liveworm Gold Coast—a creative incubator for third year and honors Graphic Design, 3D Design and Digital Design students, that primarily involves building creative community partnerships. Re-writing the entire program to be AQF compliant.

2005–current Creative director: Moonsail Design
Responsible for: day-to-day running of typographic design studio. Taking design commissions from briefing to completion. Client services, branding strategies, marketing, graphic design, typography, web design, finished art, and print specifying.

2005–2009 Creative director: D’signart Creations—Gold Coast branding agency
Responsible for: creative direction of three graphic designers and seven sign-writers. Taking design commissions from briefing to completion. Client services, branding strategies, marketing, graphic design, signage, typography, web design, finished art and print specifying. Also responsible for networking and the generation of new business.

2005–2009 Multimedia and Cultural Studies lecturer: Central Queensland University (CQU)
Responsible for: teaching digital imaging, web design, animation, multimedia theory, web programming, advanced video production, 3D modeling, narrative structures, cultural industries, essay writing. Specifically: Maya, After Effects, Director, ImageReady, Dreamweaver, Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop.

1995–2005 Creative director: Small Hours Studio
Responsible for: day-to-day running of graphic design studio. Over 400 design and illustration commissions (see attached list). Taking design commissions from briefing to completion. Client services, branding strategies, marketing, graphic design, typography, web design, finished art and print specifying.

2001–2004 Design lecturer: School of Multimedia Systems—Monash University
(Bachelor of Multimedia Systems) Responsible for: restructuring the first year design and visual communication syllabus. Writing and presenting 26 weekly lectures to over 100 first year degree students, every year.

2001–2004 Design lecturer: Swinburne TAFE
(Cert III in Multimedia, Cert II in Electronic Publishing, Cert IV in Desktop Publishing) Responsible for: web design, digital video, non-linear editing and structuring desktop publishing courses based on my textbook: Looking Better in Print.

1991–2004 Illustrator and designer: Small Hours Studio


Dominique Falla is also known as the “Tactile Typographer” due to the specific nature of her art practice. She has explored a diversity of different techniques and media over the years and has recently settled into creating typographic pieces for exhibition, using different tactile media.

Originally from Melbourne, Dominique now divides her time between the Gold Coast and Byron Bay, and her artistic career spans more than 20 years as a graphic designer, illustrator, artist, author and university lecturer.

Dominique has lectured at various educational institutions, and given papers at various conferences including the Queensland College of Art, Central Queensland University, Kingscliff TAFE, Swinburne TAFE, Monash University, SMAANZ conference in Melbourne, INTED Conference in Valencia, SPAIN and 7×7 DIA talk on the Gold Coast.

Dominique has had features in art and review publications including: +81, Novum Magazine, Gold Coast Creative, Twofold, ArtBox Magazine, Winter For Elbows and The Herald Sun. She also writes for Desktop Magazine and the Design Federation and has authored several creative publications, including: ‘The {Tague} Project’, ‘Looking Better in Print’, ‘Goodbye Helvetica’ and ‘Postcards from Rome’.


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