Ms Karen Yevenes

Ms Karen Yevenes

Industrial Design


Karen Yevenes joined Western Sydney University in 1999 as a Lecturer in Industrial Design. Karen holds a Bachelor of Industrial Design (First Class Honours) from the University of Canberra.

Karen’s industry experience in street furniture, 3D architectural visualisation, and graphic design coupled with a Bachelor of Education (Australian Catholic University) are integrated to ensure there is a strong relationship between students’ learning activities and real-world applications. Creative roles in various Sydney-based studios such as Axis Design, Delineation Graphix, and Digital Pulse have given Karen the opportunity to gain invaluable industry experience that she now shares with students.  

Karen teaches throughout the Industrial Design program at WSU, including drawing and graphics units, materials and manufacturing processes, Capstone projects, final year coursework units and honours research supervision. She has been involved in multidisciplinary projects with engineering and computing, including the electric scooter project, the electric vehicle project and a consultancy partnership project with REDI and Demand Manager, designing a lux meter device for which she holds a joint patent. She has co-supervised post graduate students in the Masters of Fire Safety with respect to Ergonomics, Safety and Wayfinding.

Karen’s research interests include Design Philosophy (Phenomenology, Design Activism, Workmanship and Craftsmanship), the Psychology of Products, Product Semantics, and Design for Ageing Populations; she has published works in the following areas: Gender and Design, Academic Literacy, Collaborative Learning.

Karen has recently facilitated student collaborations with Breville, Arthritis Australia, and SLSNSW allowing students to gain expert guidance from industry professionals and community organisations. Creating networks with industry are a key feature of Karen’s teaching. Joint projects with ResMed, CSIRO, Cochlear, local council and Western Sydney businesses have been highlights for undergraduates. 

Karen is a PhD candidate (UC) where her research project is focussed on inclusive design for older persons with arthrtic conditions. 

This information has been contributed by Ms Yevenes.


  • BEd Australian Catholic University
  • BIndDes University of Canberra

Professional Memberships

  • Design Institute of Australia (2020 - 2020)
  • Design Research Society (2020)

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Industrial Design


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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 301084 Design Studio 6: Ambience, Place and Behaviour, 2020
  • 301283 Design Graphics: Presenting Innovation, 2020
  • 301285 Drawing Skills for Design Thinking, 2020
  • 301289 Design Semantics: Exploring Product Form, 2020


Chapters in Books

  • Yevenes, K. (2002), 'Gender and product semantics', Design for Sustainability: A Sourcebook of Integrated Ecological Solutions, Earthscan Publications 1853839000.

Journal Articles

  • Yevenes, K., Pianca, E., Bonollo, E. and Cetinkaya Sendas, M. (2023), 'On the cusp of a wave : experiences in designing a usability test experiment in an industrial design PhD research project involving vulnerable participants during the COVID-19 pandemic', International Journal of Design Education, vol 17, no 2 , pp 213 - 245.
  • Yevenes, K., Pianca, E. and Bonollo, E. (2022), 'Designing for arthritis and activities of daily living : a taxonomic review of hand grasp techniques in a domestic context', The International Journal of Designed Objects, vol 16, no 1 , pp 1 - 18.

Conference Papers

  • Jones, C., Nicholson, R., Ashcroft-Smith, M., Sailba, L., Abraham, J., Mubin, O., Yevenes, K., Bidewell, J., Moussa, M., Arness, D., Berry, J., Hellany, A. and Darestani, M. (2022), 'Beyond the discipline : mapping and developing WIL across transdisciplinary curricula', The Australian Collaborative Education Network. Conference, Melbourne, Vic..
  • Dadich, A., Hugman, S., Belkina, M., Yevenes, K., Jefferies, D., Hellany, A., Kumar, J., Liyanage, L., Zhang, Z. and Dong, K. (2022), 'Multidisciplinary project-based learning and teaching in universities : does it work?', Australasian Association for Engineering Education. Conference, Parramatta, N.S.W..
  • Yevenes, K., Payette, J., Alexander, S. and Berry, J. (2020), 'Partnerships in an industrial design studio : augmenting the master-apprentice model to inspire collaboration', Design Research Society. Conference, Online.
  • Bohemia, E., Power, C. and Yevenes, K. (2006), 'Get ready : inclusive curriculum in industrial design', International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, Salzburg, Austria.
  • Power, C., Bohemia, E., Farrell, H. and Yevenes, K. (2005), 'Collaborative curriculum design fosters graduates communication skills in Engineering Design and the Global Economy', 15th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED '05), Melbourne Victoria.

Other Publications

  • 2017, 'A lux meter and a system for generating light reading reports', Patent

Research interests:

  • Design for Ageing;
  • Product design for Activities of Daily Living;
  • Ergonomics, product semantics, product perception

This information has been contributed by Ms Yevenes.


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