School of Arts

Ben Mangan

Position: Lecturer Graphic Design and Multimedia
Location: Camp Street, New North Building, Room 209
Phone: 5327 8677


  • 1997 Bachelor of Visual Arts (Graphic design)


  • VAGDM 3005 Graphic Design and Multimedia
  • VAGDM 1001 Graphic Design and Multimedia


Ben is a practising designer and long time member of the graphic design group Inkahoots.

Inkahoots is a design studio that has been working on the periphery of Australian creative culture since 1990. Their history is a close relationship with the community, cultural, and arts sectors as visual advocates and activists.

The team collaborates locally and internationally on projects both large and small across a range of media. They are widely published and exhibited around the world. Inkahoots extends their social communication expertise to teaching and writing as a key part of their practice.

Born as a community access screen-printing studio / arts collective, Inkahoots continue to hustle for social change with adventurous visual communication. (

Ben lectures into the graphic design and multimedia program in the Arts Academy.

Areas of expertise

Visual Communication – Typography, Identity and Interactive Art/Public Art

Research interests

Practise based research – Social responsibility and change within design.



2010 Designers' Identities. Laurence King

2009 Studio Culture: The life of the graphic design studio. Unit Editions

2008 New Graphic – (China's National Design Journal)

2007 Inkahoots – "X" Unsettled. Inkahoots

2007 Contemporary Graphic Design. Taschen

2007 The Big Book of Graphic Design. Collins Design

2003 Area: 100 Graphic Designers, 010 Curators, 010 Design Classics. Phaidon Press Limited

2002 Graphic Design for the 21st Century - 100 of the World's Best Designers. Taschen

2002 EYE – The International Review of Graphic design, 'Does this Brisbane Studio offer a role model for socially concerned design', Eye Magazine

2001 Inkahoots -'Public X Private'. Inkahoots

1996 Design Down Under - Discovery 2, Design Down Under, Australia


2008 Blurred Boundaries: Intersecting Territories of Art, Craft and Design Exhibition, Artisan Gallery, Brisbane

2007 –2008 KickArts Gallery, Cairns

2007 Inkahoots 'Unsettled' Exhibition Well Gallery, London

2007 Inkahoots 'Unsettled' Exhibition RAW Space Gallery, South Brisbane

Workshops and presentations

2008 University of Ballarat (Ballarat) A presentation on Inkahoots work and conducted a 4-day workshop with 2nd and 3rd year design students. (Take a stand... Have a voice... Be heard! – Social Issues Research poster project and Identity, Influence and Image – a Research poster project)

2007 RMIT (Melbourne) A presentation on Inkahoots work and an intensive workshop with the Honours students – (Identity, Influence and Image – a Research poster project).

2006 Queensland College of Art, Griffith University (Brisbane)
A presentation on Inkahoots work and ethics.


  • Memefest Festival of socially responsive communication and art –