Toni Roberts

Dr Toni Roberts is a designer, interpretation planner, educator and researcher and lectures  across undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the School of Media and Communication.

Toni’s research and practice focus on interpretation planning, design and writing for zoos, museums and other experiential environments. Toni is passionate about communicating stories and ideas and through form, text and image to shape spatial, sensory and thoughtful experiences that engage and inspire.

Toni is available for post-graduate supervision.

Toni is an organising member of The Turn series of events for researchers.

In 2015 Toni is a co-leader of the Writing for Design project that is developing learning resources to support design students to improve their writing. The project is supported by Global Learning by Design.

Toni’s research interests include:

  • interpretation design for zoos, museums and public spaces
  • museum futures
  • designing for experience
  • inter- / multi-disciplinary design
  • evolution – past, present and future: designing relationships with nature
  • design for social interaction

Seeking to strengthen the relationship between practice and theory in interpretation development in zoos, museums and other contexts, Toni completed a PhD in 2013: ‘Interpretation Design: Building knowledge from practice,’ Swinburne University of Technology, 2013.

Recent conference presentations and articles

Roberts, T. 2014, ‘Interpretation Design: an integrative, interdisciplinary practice’, in Museum and Society, University of Leicester, Department of Museum Studies, United Kingdom, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 191-209 ISSN: 1479-8360

‘Designing for Experience: models from the museums context,’ Designing Experience: The Ballerina on the Elephant conference, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong November 27-29, 2014

‘Think:feel:do: Designing for visitor experiences,’ Exhibition Design colloquium, University of the Arts, London, April 2014.

R Forrest and T Roberts, ‘Interpretation Design: think:feel:do,’ XDmagazine, May 2014

‘Models for interpretation design,’ Design Futures Lab seminar, RMIT March 2014.

T Roberts,‘MONA: an homage to personal meaning-making,’ Exhibitionist 32, no. 1: 78–81. National Association for Museum Exhibition (US), March 2013.

T Roberts, ‘Navigating a sea of challenges’, Interpreting Australia, Issue 46: 3. Interpretation Australia, 2012.

Recent projects

Interpretation content framework, process diagram, text and touch screen development for the Royal Australian Mint Factory Viewing Gallery redevelopment, 2014-15.

Whittlesea Bushfire Memorial design and interpretive content, in consultation with the community of Whittlesea. City of Whittlesea, 2013-14