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Donald Preston MFA, DipVCD, DipEd

Senior Lecturer in Visual and Strategic Comm Design

School of Design

Donald Preston is a designer and educator researching the visual expression of national identity, cultural narrative and signification. His focus on New Zealand’s historic and contemporary cartographic representation provides a fresh approach to issues of identity and cultural expression.

Preston has loved and been fascinated by real and imagined maps from an early age. The atlases of his childhood took him to exotic places that seemed far more exciting than small town New Zealand.

Preston’s research contributes to conversations on the construction, development and expressions of national identity, and how they can inform and create insights into the 21st century.

Professional

Contact details

  • Location: Block One
    Campus: Wellington

Qualifications

  • Masters of Fine Arts - Massey University (2006)
  • Diploma, Visual Communication Design - Wellington Polytechnic School of Design (1985)
  • Diploma, Teaching - Wellington Teachers College (1981)

Research Expertise

Thematics

Design – for Commerce, Community and Culture

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Other Studies in Creative Arts and Writing (199900): Studies In Creative Arts And Writing (190000):
Studies In Human Society (160000)

Research Outputs

Creative Work

Preston, DB. (2013). Mapping a nation: New Zealand’s relationship with its cartographic form - Double blind peer reviewed paper for volume 2 of the Anti-po-des design research journal. 2013.
[Design]Authored by: Preston, D.
Preston, DB. (2013). ‘Tales of a Dying City’ - Collaborative community performance project, part of the Urban Dreams Brokerage initiative, Level One, Grand Arcade, Willis Street. 3–22 June 2013..
[Design]Authored by: Preston, D.
Kapica, NM., & Preston, D. (2013). Tales of a Dying CIty.
[Design]Authored by: Preston, D.
Preston, DB. (2012). 6th Australasian Natural Hazards Management Conference 2012 - Joint workshop and oral presentation..
[Design]Authored by: Preston, D.

Thesis

Bailey, J. (2014). Making Good: Exploring effective and ethical design for the web. (Master's Thesis)
[Masters Thesis]Authored by: Bailey, J.Edited by: Preston, D.
Preston, DB. (2006). Off the map: Cartography of emotions. (Master's Thesis, Massey University, New Zealand)
[Masters Thesis]Authored by: Preston, D.

Conference

Preston, DB. (2012, August). Data, context & complexity: its implementation in disaster education. Presented at 6th Australasian Natural Hazards Management Conference 2012. University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Preston, D.
Preston, DB.(2011, February 2). Cartographic symbols of New Zealand: uncovering the stories behind the maps. , Design Principles and Practices 5th International Conference
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Preston, D.
Preston, DB.(2011, July 3). Greetings from the edge: cartographic cultural expression. , ICA 25th International Cartographic Conference
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Preston, D.
Preston, DB. (2011, July). Greetings from the edge: cartographic cultural expression. Presented at ICA 25th International Cartographic Conference. Palais des Congres, Paris, France.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Preston, D.
Preston, DB. (2011). Greetings from the edge: Cartographic cultural expression. Proceedings of the 25th International Cartographic Conference. (pp. 1 - 12). : ICC 25th International Cartographic Conference
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Preston, D.
Preston, DB.(2009, November 12). Cultural icons of national identity: a New Zealand case study. , Swiss Design Network Symposium 2009
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Preston, D.
Preston, DB. (2009). Mapping identity: Learning to love our place in the world. In E. Salmi, J. Maciak, A. Pretty, & DD. Hawkins (Eds.) Cumulus working papers: Auckland. (pp. 41 - 43).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Preston, D.
Preston, DB. (2009, November). Mapping identity: Learning to love our place in the world. Presented at Cumulus Aotearoa. Auckland, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Preston, D.
Preston, DB. (2009). Mapping identity: Learning to love our place in the world. In Cumulus Aotearoa(pp. 17 - 17). : Unitec
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Preston, D.
Preston, DB. (2009). The importance of interdisciplinary links in design education. In L. Justice, YY. Lam, & SY. Yung (Eds.) DesignEd Asia Conference 2009: Forget the future: What are today's design education issues?. (pp. 1 - 12).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Preston, D.
Preston, DB. (2009, December). The importance of interdisciplinary links in design education. Presented at DesignEd Asia Conference 2009: Forget the future: What are today's design education issues?. Hong Kong.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Preston, D.
Preston, DB. (2009). The importance of interdisciplinary links in design education. In Forget the future: What are today's design education issues?(pp. 37 - 48). : Hong Kong Design Centre
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Preston, D.
Preston, DB. (2008, July). Off the map: an exploration of emotive cartography. Presented at Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Preston, D.
Preston, DB. (2008). Off the map: an exploration of emotive cartography. Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference. (pp. 1 - 12).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Preston, D.
Preston, DB.(2008). Off the map: an exploration of emotive cartography. . Wellington, New Zealand
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Preston, D.
Preston, DB. (2008). Off the map: an exploration of emotive cartography. In Australian and New Zealand Communication Association(pp. 1 - 12). : Australian and New Zealand Communication Association
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Preston, D.
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[Conference Paper]Authored by: Preston, D.

Other

Preston, DB. (2008, July). Off the map: an exploration of emotive cartography. In Australian and New Zealand Communication Association. Presented at Wellington, New Zealand.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Preston, D.

Supervision and Teaching

Courses Coordinated

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