Designer and academic, Dr Johnson Witehira, believes that bi-cultural approaches to design are the key to developing New Zealand as a bi-cultural nation. In his talk on Māori design practice and decolonizing design, Witehira presents examples of how Māori art and design and Māori knowledge can be used to inform Western design practice. His work also highlights how design from a Māori perspective presents a number of unique design challenges.
About the Speaker
Johnson Witehira, PhD
AUT University, Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies, School of Art and Design
Dr Johnson Witehira is an academic and designer of Māori and New Zealand European descent. He currently heads the graphic design pathway at AUT, New Zealand’s leading design institution. His design projects have been shown around the world, from digital billboards in Times Square (New York) to his recent showing at Talente Munich in Germany. His particular areas of interests are contemporary Māori design practice and decolonizing design methods within academic environments. Through his numerous projects he looks to develop indigenous and Māori design in the areas of typography, graphic design and product design.