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The Leadership Exchange Tristan Schultz, Relative Creative



Tristan is a Kamiliroi/Australian, designer and strategist with a B.Design, M. Design Futures (Hons) and Doctoral Candidate. He currently lectures in the Design Program at QCA, Griffith University and is the founder of the design practice Relative Creative. He has worked creatively across visual communication design, product design, fashion design, event and exhibition design, design writing, design strategy, social innovation, participatory and co-design and more. Whether community engagement, cultural events or commercial practice, creative direction is critically informed and concerned with ecological and social responsibilities.

His current research is focused on design, narrative building and mapping techniques, working at the intersection of Decolonial Thinking, Ontological Design and Sustainability. Tristan was on the Australia Council for the Arts Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Strategy Panel Member and Deputy Chair of Blakdance, Australia’s peak body for Aboriginal dance. A recent TEDx talk summarises some of his work.

Tristan has exhibited work, presented at numerous conferences, written papers and engaged in public discourse in a variety of ways which can be seen at