Mario Minichiello

Mario Minichiello

School of Design, Communication and Information Technology, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia

I went to art and design school to explore an irrepressible instinct to question the culture in which we live and to communicate ideas through my own visual language. I studied graphic design because I wanted to be a disruptive influence on the established hierarchies of power and control in society and help change the world for the better. Design and visual communication not only provides solutions to problems, but remediates experience, promotes clarity of thinking, and encourages creative ideas.

In this way we are developing the human capacity to meet the challenges of our future. The chance to influence how people in any society think and behave, even for a brief moment, is a positive intervention in a world that is increasingly concerned with mindless celebrity, consumerism, and self-interest. We have to strive to make life better and not merely make ourselves financially richer.


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