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Dr Peter Schumacher 

Position: Program Director: Product Design Dr Peter Schumacher
Division/Portfolio: Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences
School/Unit: School of Art, Architecture and Design
Campus: City West Campus
Office: K3-14
Telephone: +61 8 830 20361
Fax: +61 8 830 20211
Email: Peter_dot_Schumacher_at_unisa_dot_edu_dot_au
URL for Business Card: http://people.unisa.edu.au/Peter.Schumacher

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A pattern language for the design of Pictorial Assembly Instructions. The final outcome of my thesis.

Communication Research Institute of Australia - The director, David Sless, is my Doctoral Supervisor

Motivation create wheelchairs for developing countries. My doctoral project involved designing pictorial assembly instructions for the flat pack WorldMade chair.

Bronze award for "Flight Screen" International Furniture Fair Design Competition - 2002

Finalist for "Gyorin" International Furniture Fair Design Competition - 2005

First Prize for "Leaf Lamp" Green Furniture Award

I teach the following courses

GRAP 2033Product Design Studio 4 (Materials, Processes and Sustainability)
GRAP 1021Technical Communication for Product Design
GRAP 3010Product Design Studio 5 (Usability)
ARCH 3051Aesthetics and Ergonomics in Product Design
GRAP 1025Low Volume Manufacture for Product Design


PhD Australian National University - Center of Public Awareness of Science and Communication Research Institute

Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) Hons. The University of South Australia, 1992-1995

Bachelor of Architectural Studies The University of Adelaide, 1989-1991

Research interests

  • Pictorial Assembly Instruction Design (PAIs) - The strategies, practices and knowledge that lead to the design of usable assembly instructions. This encompasses traditional paper based methods as well as exploring new digital methods of providing information.
  • Technology communication - How images and text are used to convey technical information among technical communities and in public forums such as Make and Instructables.
  • Furniture Design and Making - Exploring the craftmanship of digital fabrication.

Research publications

Schumacher, Peter(2013) A Pattern Language for Pictorial Assembly Instructions (PAIs), Information Design Journal v20 no 2 pp111-135

Schumacher, P. (2007) ‘Creating effective illustrations for pictorial assembly instructions’ Information Design Journal v15 no 2 pp97-109

Schumacher, P. (2008) ‘Capturing Emergent Knowledge from Design Practice for Human Interaction Usability’ HFEAS National Conference: Sustainable Performance: Human Factors, Ergonomics and Work Environment UniSA, Adelaide, South Australia. 17-19 November, 2008

Schumacher, P. (2009) ‘A Pattern Language for the Design of Pictorial Assembly Instructions’ 17th World Congress of Ergonomics IEA 2009 August 9-14, Beijing

Schumacher, P. & Trathen, S. (2009) ’Changing the Structure of Industrial Design Education from Four Years Bachelor’s Degrees to Undergraduate plus Masters Degrees in the Australian Context.’ DesignEd Asia Conference: Forget the Future: What are Today’s Design Educayion Issues? 2009 December 1-2, Hong Kong

Schumacher, P. & Krish, S. (2010) ‘Teaching Generative Design Strategies for Industrial Design’ ConnectEd 2010 – 2nd International Conference of Design Education, Sydney 28 June - 1 July, 2010

Porter, S. R., Marner, M. R., Smith, R. T., Zucco, J. E., Thomas B. H. & Schumacher, P (2010) 'Spatial Augmented Reality for Interactive Rapid Prototyping'. In Twentieth International Conference on Artificial Reality and Telexistence (ICAT), Adelaide, Australia, December 2010. IEEE.

Schumacher, P. (2009) ‘Pictorial communication in developing countries: a literature review‘ Visual: Design: Scholarship v 4 no 1

2001 Xpo(sit)ion - DIA exhibition, Museum of South Australia - Count Zero chair exploring new fabrication techniques for ply wood.

2004 MARTa heford, Germany. 1m2 max. Furniture exhibition. Woody lamp developing techniques for shaping wood for transluceny and texture.

2009 ‘Travel’ DIA exhibition, Museum of South Australia. Viral Hat rack, developing CNC machining in conjunction with steam bending techniques for plywood construction.

2012 Embracing Innovatiom: Volume 2. Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre. Leaf Lamp – pendant lamp, the development of self assembly furniture based on plant growth geometric patterns. .

Expertise for Media Contact

I am able to provide media comment in the following areas of expertise:

Discipline: Industrial Design

  • Pictorial Assembly Instructions
  • Digital Fabrication and Design

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