Ms Lorna Macdonald

Lecturer - Teaching Focused

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
+61 7 336 54323


Lorna Macdonald delivers courses at the intersection of design, technology and humanity at The University of Queensland. Her interaction & technology interests lean towards the tangible and physical. Her research focus is on location-based systems & reinventing the value of design frameworks for education.

Research Interests

  • Design Education
    The teaching and assessment of design and design process in a human-centred computing context. Developing and evaluating tools to support students-as-designers navigating unfamiliar design problems and contexts.
  • Tangible and alternative interactions
    The exploration of alternate modes of interacting with technology in our day-to-day lives, leveraging the tactile and material experience.


  • Bachelor of Design Studies
  • Bachelor (Honours), The University of Queensland
  • Certificate IV of Assessment and Workplace Training


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Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Macdonald, Lorna, Matthews, Ben and Viller, Stephen (2020). Design guidance for location-based play: a review of research frameworks. DRS2020, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, 11-14 August, 2020. London, United Kingdom: Design Research Society. doi: 10.21606/drs.2020.174

  • MacDonald, L. (2005). Designing for Location-Dependence. 42nd Digital Arts and Culture Conference 2005, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1-3 December 2005. Copenhagen, Denmark: IT University of Copenhagen.

Other Outputs