Doctor Peter Schumacher is the Program Director for the Bachelor of Design (Product Design) and coordinates the postgraduate Industrial Design studio projects.
Dr. Schumacher gained a Bachelor of Architectural Studies from Adelaide University and a Bachelor of Industrial Design with first class honours from the University of South Australia. His PhD with the Centre of Public Awareness of Science at the Australian National University focused on the design and usability of Pictorial Assembly Instructions.
In 2014-15 Peter was involved in a collaborative project with Hills Industries and Eldercare to develop a Nurse Call Pendant (Button) for people with arthritis and other dexterity issues. The design has been patented and won the South Australian Premier’s Design award in 2015 and a Red Dot Award and an Australian Design Award in 2016. It is currently being manufactured. In addition, he has been involved in numerous industry collaborations as part of the post graduate Industrial design studio program. This has included the following projects; design for ageing and health care with ElderCare and Silverchain, medical device design with Austofix, exhibition design with the National Motor Museum, furniture design with Orana and computer console design with the Future Submarine Technical Organisation.
Dr. Schumacher has won international furniture design awards in Japan, Sweden and the USA and has had works exhibited locally, nationally and internationally. He has curated, designed and built an exhibition on automotive styling for the National Motor Museum and has also published journal articles on pictorial instruction design and presented conference papers on design education.
He is currently leading a project for the Defence Science and Technology Group to look at the methods to design and develop the habitability paces on board future submarines. The project entails user centred investigation and development methods and the development of interaction design solutions, improved usability, and the application of anthropometry and sleep and fatigue research.