Celeste DeCis 

“The form of bringing unconscious pattern and
tacit understanding to conscious understanding
through articulation.”


Why we design?

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Aaron Betsky
Adrian Shaughnessy
Gert Staalsees

A long series of conversations between Thomas Widdershoven and Nkki Gonnissen, co-founders of the Amsterdam design agency, ‘thonik.’ Over many encounters the conversations progressed from interviews to dialogues. These conversations explore design projects that have helped shaped the history of design in the past 20 years, whilst also looking for a pattern that cohesively ran through them. Before diving into the research, the values and foundation of Widdershoven and Gonnissen’s studio is laid out. Most importantly their relationship with their clients. ‘They invite clients (in Thomas’s phrase) ‘to go on an adventure’ with them, so that their work is imbued with a sense of shared ownership. This clear communicate, shows the trust that is needed to develop so that the client is given an amount of certainty that doesn’t stop innovative design. 

When addressing the idea of the, ‘design process’, it is automatically assoicated with a system. Their description of a system I found mirrored my own view of what a system is. Which is something that, ‘creates unity and organization.’ However, in terms of our own system they suggested that our own sytems are, ‘open [and] receptive to variation and deviation.’ 

Can uncertainty be exercised within our own practice? 

Uncertainity & Possibility

New Approaches to Future Making in Design Anthropology.

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Yoko Akama
Sarah Pink
Shanti Sumartojo

This study will hugely influence and challenge my research questions. 

Akama, Pink and Sumartojo attempt to normalise the idea of, ‘uncertainty’, within the design process by interrupting it as a vital methodology. Through the creative individual accepting the inevitable chances of disruption. Embracing need to surrender to the process so that we can move-beyond and accept what we don’t know. 

Making without Thinking

Birthed from Procrastination.

Came to a mental blank in my research, (theatrically) but realised no creativity was coming out of my research. So I decided to be creative for a whole day and dedicate my time to this idea of, practicing, ‘uncertainty’, within design.

Not only did I find it threptic but felt the consistency to keep creating followed easily. I made discoveries that I never considered before (charcoal and collage together, nothing original but I hadn’t considered it before) and generated an amount of work that felt effortless.

What was it purpose? It didn’t contribute to society but it did mentally put me at ease. Which is incredible right?

Could I exercise this clear mind with a design brief? Design constraints? Would I feel better about a design brief if it had no constraints? 

However, some people find this freedom frightening and not constructive for their creativity. 

How do people establish this balance when approaching design briefs?    

Made Thought talks about that one Simple Thing

New AGldeas 2012
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Paul Austin

The key points of the video. 

_Concept, Style and Function. Must all be equal (BALANCE).
_Be Brave. Design should not be created purely out of analysis and research.  
_Truly remarkable design is influenced from the heart as well as the head.

My questions

_So to be innovate you must bend the rules?
_To achieve that you need to, ‘let go’, have a level of uncertainty?

How are designers meant to maintain this balance between style, function and concept? Does the need to be, ‘brave’, mean that balance can’t be maintain? 

The structure and rules behind design is what makes design a strong form of communication and not expression. Designers seem to stress we are not artist! Which is true! However, its a bit naive to say we aren’t because just like artist we both undergo a creative process and intends to improve our surroundings.

Tour #1

Troung Thang Do 
James Meadowcroft
Angharad Neal-Williams
Selena Repanis 
Celeste DeCis (me)
Audrey Chmielewski

Rambler’s Club

Swanton Street Construction Sight. 

The ultimate Melbourne Tour. The first Rambler’s Club selected one spot in Melbourne that best reflected their topic. My spot was the Swanton Street Construction Sight. Why you many ask? 

Well! In Yoko Akama, Sarah Pink and Shanti Sumartojo’s, Uncertainty & Possibility: New Approach to Future Making in Design Anthropology they address the ‘politics’ of uncertainty. They explore the meaning of expertise and the weight it holds within any practice/industry. When a level of uncertainty is evident in a situation, people’s minds are autmatically put at easy if an expertise is there to address it. 

My example being the government. The governments choice to invest tax payers money into the existing Metro system, is a heavy decison. A decison that has been left to them to decided, whilst there has been a level of risk involved. Due to them being in a position of expertise, we as a society have not questioned or worried aboout the risk involved. Highlighting a huge amount of trust. 

Whilst a designer has an obligation to ensure that they are ful-filling their clients requirements. Are designers given the same amount of trust when creating and developing projects? 

Ficciones Typografika: 1642

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Visual Inspiration

Reminded me of Modern Day verison of Willem Sandberg, just with less type. 

_First visualisation of what I’d like to create at the end of the year. 

The over-laying of texture and images. Is a medium I wish to explore further and incorpriate in my creative practice. 

Najeebah Al-Ghadban
(Collage Artist/Designer)

Visual Inspiration
My Inspiration for my upcoming instagram @dcd.h


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Myself & @bekla21
Revealing - The Creative Process

It was myself and Rebekah Rose’s turn to create the next GUTS (Go Under the Stairs) Exhibition at Monash MADA Caulfield. 

The common thread between our honours topics was our focus on the creative process, specifically the unveiling of it. 

Bek wanted to de-mystified the creative process and I wanted to celebrate the experimental aspects of the process. So it only felt natural to bring the process to the forefront and subtly include the final outcome. 

We achieved this by ensuring that the documentation of the process had a greater platform than the final outcome. 

My favourite aspect of this exhibition was how the stairs were ultised. Even though being under the stairs seems a little odd. If anything it helped communicate Bek and I’s creative journey this semester. 

The opening of our exhibition also opened up the conversation evolving around instagram and how creatives are currently using it. A huge topic circulating at the moment is that a lot of people aren’t willing to share the not so perfect aspects of their life online. Especially creatives. Understandably we want to document our beautiful refined outcomes because a lot of work has gone into them. But for some reason we see all this creative development as destructive, messy work that don’t deserve to be document. WHY?

Why isn’t the creative process instagram worthy? 

The Creative Stance

In Conversation with

Mark Dunhill 
Richard Deacon
Stephen Farthing

The participants were asked to discuss ‘creative risk.’  

After reading this particular text I felt yet again another moment of clarity. 

The line dividing my understanding of uncertainty as a tool for research and creative risk is non-existent. If anything the term, ‘creative risk’, has more of a positive connotation than uncertainty. Whether one is exercised more then the other is another question. Personally I believe they are both avoided equally. Whether one term has a lighter meaning than the other, I believe makes no difference. 

Dunhill, Deacon and Farthing not only spoke about their own journey’s with creative risk but they also discussed how they have attempted to teach creative risks.

Dunhill, Deacon and Farthing agreed that as a creative teacher they have spend most of their time giving student permission to take more creative risks. Which hit home so close for me, because the truth behind it was unreal! And if anything gave my topic the motivation it needed, because students shouldn’t be feeling this way. 

This particular read I feel has sparked the idea of having a more specific auidence to target. Having a target audience will help anchor my topic and help myself formulate more constructive research for my topic. I feel targeting students will be an appropriate choice not because this struggle is relevant to students but because I, myself a student struggling with it too. 


Archive Time

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Angharad Neal-Williams
Thang Do
Celeste DeCis

Everyone in our class is so clever and creative! We were stumped! A publication had been done, a receipt, posters! You name it! 

We had to get creative so we decided to turn our topics into a game and test whether we all never each others topics as well as we thought! 

This is how Archive Bingo was born. 

Making an Object Exercise (I can’t remember the name of the task_#sorry)

Week 10 _

Great exercise! 

Since my topic has been quite conceptual and slightly changing every week the idea of a final outcome hasn’t been on my mind. Since my topic has been more focused on the process not the outcome, I’ve found that my thoughts have started to mirror my actions. 

However! This exercise was a great step towards thinking about my final outcome and if anything an exercise cruial to the design process. In a way my choice to make a chattercox was a creative risk because it is such an icon game/ item with a very specific purpose. My choice to withhold its function but alter its purpose I felt helped myself release what I want my final outcome to hopefully achieve. 

Which is to spark a conversation between creatives and help people connect and discuss their own difficulties with creative risk. 

What my final outcome be at the end of the year?

The Birth of the Instagram!


My procrastination turned into an instagram. A place whether I can document my work and hopefully see my creative development for the year. 

A platform whether I can let go of my fears and just create. Which is how every creative should feel but for some it isn’t always that easy. 

It will be interesting to see whether this experiment/ creative exploration with cross over to my other creative work. 

Three Minute Thesis

Final Presentation

Of the Semester

To promote our final presentation we printed all our research questions onto receipt paper. Allowing the students of MADA to see a glimpse of our Honours topic whilst promoting the time and date of the presentations. 

My research question is currently, ‘How might the understanding of uncertainty as a methodology improve a designer’s approach to the design process?’

Design Case Study?

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Speculation, Serendipity & Studio Anybody

Lisa Grocott

“It became obvious that I needed to reclaim a design process that valued speculation, an experimental yet investigative space, where design could once again reside in what Clive Dilnot refers to as the, ‘realm of possibility.” - pg 101.

Celeste DeCis
Monash University
Bachelor of Communication Design

Industry Experience
Junior Designer        

Trio Design/ Macdeon Rangers Council Youth Team

‘Elevate’ Macdeon Ranges’ 10 year Mental Health Plan 2018

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