Senior Lecturer Stan Mauger will embark on a new phase in his life when he retires from teaching at Whitecliffe at the end of this academic year. Stan has taught Graphic Design at Whitecliffe since 1993, first as Head of Department then as Senior Lecturer from 2004 onwards. As well as his many degrees and accolades, he also worked as an independent graphic designer, co-founded his own design company Design Partners and is a Life Member of The Designers Institute of New Zealand. He spoke to us about his fulfilling experience at Whitecliffe and his plans for the future.
Teaching at Whitecliffe
“Teaching is a rewarding experience. I have built up a lifetime of experience in design practice and thinking about design and enjoy referring to this as I work with students. It’s a reflective process. I feel that Whitecliffe can offer graphic design students more personal support in their learning and this makes the lecturer’s role that much more enjoyable.”
Views on Changes in the Design Industry Today
“When I joined Whitecliffe, the value of theoretical aspects of design was being recognized professionally in design journals, but also in design schools, that had moved from a high emphasis on purely visual aspects of design and presentation. The other significant change has been the way in which technology has opened up new opportunities for creativity with the benefits of digital media. The access to knowledge has also given designers and students of design rich resources with which to work that were only beginning to be developed twenty years ago.”
Advice to Prospective Graphic Design Students
“Learn as much as you can both about design and the wider aspects of lifestyle. Read widely - books as well as on the web.”
Plans for the Future
“I have a lifelong interest in building replica free flight flying models of full-size aircraft and pitting myself against others competing with these models in international contests. Everyone jokes about all the other distractions that become unleashed once one retires, but I am hoping that I can safeguard some time for this passion!”
Whitecliffe thanks Stan for his commitment to students and design education. We would like to wish Stan the very best in all of his future endeavours.