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Katherine Hepworth

Lecturer, Faculty of Design, Swinburne University of Technology

Dr Hepworth is a graphic designer and a teacher.

During her PhD, Dr Hepworth developed a method for utilising graphic design artefacts as key evidence in political histories. To test this method, she wrote a history of governance in Victoria, from settlement to the present day, using local government logos, crests and seals from around the State as primary source material. Her research highlights the political and ideological significance of material culture. Doctor Hepworth’s Discursive Method provides a framework for future generations of historians to examine the political and ideological significance advertising, branding and other designed materials over time.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Interdisciplinary History, Swinburne University of Technology


  • 2012 
    Swinburne University of Technology, PhD
  • 2006 
    RMIT, Graduate Diploma of Graphic Design with Distinction
  • 1998 
    University of Adelaide, Bachelor of Arts


  • 2008
    Yes We Can: Barack Obama, graphic design and liberal democratic process, Re-public

Research Areas

  • Visual Communication Design (Incl. Graphic Design) (120307)
  • Political Theory And Political Philosophy (160609)
  • Design History And Theory (120301)
  • Australian History (Excl. Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander History) (210303)
  • Cultural Studies (2002)