Tristan Schultz is the convenor of Visual Communication Design and an accomplished Interdisciplinary designer. His research interests are related to the connections between Design and Colonialism, with a particular focus on new openings combining Design Futures and Australian Aboriginal cultural production. He has developed a body of work exploring how design processes and methods can contribute to mediating new experiences and events in this area, having presented in several conferences and symposiums.
Coming from extensive professional industry experience in product design and visual communication design, and a QCA Masters of Design Futures (Hons) graduate, he contributes to both theory and studio courses across multiple disciplines.
Previously, he has been a research collaborator with Southern Cross University as part of the Indigenous Musical Journeys project via the Centre for Tourism, Leisure and Work, and with GNIBI College of Australian Indigenous Peoples at Southern Cross University as part of the Indigenous Futures project.
Tristan co-founded the Sold Coast project, a group of young cultural activists and practitioners working towards social change on the Gold Coast through rupturing common ideas of the city and offering alternative visions. In 2014 he completed a twelve-month Designer-in-Residence grant through Arts Queensland, where he developed Design Futures and design thinking integration methods with Pimpama State Secondary College staff and students.
From 2014-2016 Tristan has been appointed a panel member of the Australia Council for the Arts (a council of the Australian Government); as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Strategy Panel Member.