Dr. Qassim Saad is an Industrial Designer with extensive professional experience as a furniture maker and industrial design educator. In his work he implements a professional and research practice focused on both developing user engagement in the design process and reflecting the shift to ‘designing the experience’ as vital practices for future designers. In this context, the design process acknowledges interdisciplinary knowledge and approaches towards culture, human behaviour and technology that are the core elements behind the creation of innovative designs.
His academic work has benefited from numerous opportunities that have been offered him in teaching, research and supervision of design students at tertiary level in Iraq, Jordan, New Zealand, Egypt, and now in Australia. These positions have strengthened his practise in a wide range of teaching methods and techniques across diverse teaching environments and national education systems. He has been consistently committed to creating a learning environment that allows and encourages design students to engage in experimentation, risk-taking and negotiation, and to find ways of bringing their own life experience into the arena of collaborative design practice.
Dr Saad’s current research practice focuses on innovative design solutions for the expanding applications of digital technologies and smart materials by examining issues surrounding the functionality, usability and aesthetics of the new wave of designs for wearable objects.
Paradoxically, the contemporary era of globalisation and mass communication has actually fostered a large degree of localisation; the local practices in many societies in both developed and developing worlds are strengthening their local activities. Much contemporary design theory is focused on developing methods that enable creative platforms to arise from which designers can target the needs and demands of society, particularly in the form of services and innovative solutions facing improving the quality of life and wellbeing. This movement in design studies represents an alternative path to the one often taken by designers, who are driven by market demands only to shape physical products. Its proponents argue that designers should redirect their efforts to enhance innovation in society, where demand is not created by consumers, but by ‘social entrepreneurs’ to model a new way of being and doing. Social and community groups can in fact play an effective role in the development of ‘social innovation,’ guiding their knowledge of what is required to make new systems work in their local setting. Social innovation is a fairly new concept in design thinking, utilising design practices in a holistic interdisciplinary context and seeking solutions to social needs. These practices are informed by an understanding of the many elements of social systems and their interconnections. Designers, in turn, may work with local communities as facilitators, utilising their knowledge, conceptual thinking and technical expertise to create effective and well-functioning systems.
Industrial Design; User Centre Experience
- Ely, P., Q. Saad, and D. Smith. 2020. "Monsters in the Borderlands: Designer-academics in action." In DRS 2020 International Conference: Synergy, Aug 11, 2020, Brisbane online: Design Research Society.
- Saad, Q. 2020. "The intellectual transformation of modern design discourses in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR)." In Pivot 2020; Pluriversal Design SIG, Jun 4, 2020, Tulane University-USA: Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking at Tulane University and the DRS Pluriversal Design Special Interest Group.
- Saad, Q. M. S.. "Shanasheel; it’s socio-cultural context and making process." Australia: The World Crafts Council. Inpress.
- Saad, Q. M. S. 2019. "‘al-Safar;’ The Baghdadis Coppersmith." Australia: The World Crafts Council.
- Saad, Q. M. S.. "The craft of hand weaving in Kurdistan Iraq.": The World Crafts Council. Inpress.
- Saad, Q. M. S.. "Building reed houses in the South Iraq Marshland.": The World Crafts Council. Inpress.
- Saad, Q. M. S.. "Contemporary Design and Design Infrastructure in Iraq." In Encyclopedia of Asian Design Bloomsbury Design Library-UK.. UK: Bloomsbury Design Library-UK. Inpress.
- Saad, Q. M. S.. "Traditional Culture, Aesthetic Thought and Principles." In Encyclopedia of Asian Design Bloomsbury Design Library.. UK: Bloomsbury-UK. Inpress.
- Abdulmajeed, Y., and Q. Saad.. "Modern Design in Iraq." In Encyclopedia of Asian Design Bloomsbury Design Library.. UK: Bloomsbury Design Library. Inpress.
- Saad, Q. M. S. 2018. "Perth Mosque: A cultural structure strengthening collective identity." Garland 10 (10): 1-9.
- Saad, Q. M. S. ed. 2014. "Design Talks-2, Writing about Design." Cairo-Egypt: German University in Cairo.
- Saad, Q. M. S. ed. 2014. "Design Species." Cairo-Egypt: German University in Cairo.
- Saad, Q., and Caroline S. 2013. "Exploring Models of Design Thinking in Egypt." Making Future: Interface between craft knowledge and design-new opportunities for social innovation and sustainable practice 3: 530-540.
- Saad, Q. M. S. 2013. "Design and Social Innovation.": 10-12.
- Saad, Q. M. S. ed. 2012. "Design Talks-1, Writing about Design." Cairo, Egypt: German University in Cairo.
- Saad, Q. 2011. "Travelling to Post War Iraq in 2010-11: Histories and Designs in Context." Scope; Journal of Contemporary Research Topics. Vol. 5&6: 127-133.
- Saad, Q. M. S. 2011. "Wringa Cuppa." Dunedin Fringe festival.
- Saad, Q. 2009. "Design for Development; rethinking culturally." Scope; Journal of Contemporary Research Topics 4: 187-196.
- Saad, QMS, D., and D. Barton, M.. "Staff experimental exhibition."
- Saad, Q. 2008. "Contemporary Iraqi Art: Origins and Development." Scope; Journal of Contemporary Research Topics Art-3: 50-54.
- Saad, Q. 2008. "The African Bicycle; Design in Development Context, Involvement and Practice." The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability 4 (1): 57-68.
- Saad, Q., and Brodie L. 2006. "Cartoons: Imagery and Controversy." Scope; Journal of Contemporary Research Topics Art-1: 131-140.