Geography: Living on Kombumerri Country in the Yugambeh language region of the wider Bundjalung Nation on the Gold Coast, Australia. Logging a footprint around the world which I am trying to justify with powerful work.
Practice: Relative Creative
Twitter handle: @TristanSchultz
I am a Gamilaraay man of both Aboriginal Australian and European Australian descendant’s. I have grown up on and live on Kombumerri Country in the Yugambeh language region of the wider Bundjalung Nation on the Gold Coast, Australia. I am the Founder and Co-Director of Relative Creative, a Jellurgal/ Burleigh Heads Gold Coast strategic design agency. Relative Creative design communication, strategies, services, experiences and events that intersect strategic foresight and futures thinking, decolonial thinking and sustainable transitions. I collaborate with all levels of government, businesses, organisations and institutes that care for a viable future. I have a Bachelor of Design majoring in product design, a Masters of Design Futures with Honours and a PhD in Design. I have previously also been a lecturer in the design department at QCA and am Honorary Adjunct Fellow at the University of Technology, Sydney in the Design School and Honorary Principal Research Fellow at RMIT, Melbourne. I am one of seven international comrades in the Decolonising Design Group.
A bit more about my practice, Relative Creative
I am founder and Director of Relative Creative, a design, arts and strategic consultancy and creative practice. We are squarely focussed on design-led facilitation of conversations around social complexities of communities and societies’ relation with work, leisure and everyday life amidst rapid change. We work with multiple disciplines inside and outside the field of design. Projects might examine the relational complexity linking issues like population growth, resource stress, climate change and its diverse impacts, geopolitical reconfiguration, global food security, actual and projected asymmetrical conflicts, global inequity, hyper-consumption, colonialism and more. It can be understood as design as situation facilitation; service design, policy, planning design and strategic design; social design; social innovation and activation design; participatory design and co-design; social enterprise design and design writing at any given time. We combine this with working creatively across visual communication design, product design, fashion design, interior design, event and exhibition design, film and production, print design, web design, information design, interactive media design, publication design, typographic design, branding and marketing, advertising and campaigns, environmental graphics design, psycho-social and psycho-geographic mapping and urban space activation and more.
2019-onwards – Honorary Adjunct Fellow RMIT
2019-onwards – Honorary Adjunct Fellow University Technology Sydney
Mid 2012 – Dec 2019: Lecturer & Convenor, Design Futures, QCA, Griffith University, Brisbane.
PhD Design, Queensland College of Art – Griffith University South Bank, Brisbane – 2019
Master of Design Futures with Honours, Queensland College of Art – Griffith University South Bank, Brisbane – 2013
Bachelor of Design, awarded academic excellence, Queensland College of Art – Griffith University Gold Coast. Major in Product and 3D Design – 2006
This a running log of select activities of Tristan Schultz.
If you want to know more about any of below, and can’t find the links online (most often summaries are found at relativecreative.com.au), please drop me a line.