Dr Betty Sargeant

PhD (Submission 02/2015), BA, B.Ed.

Research ~ Lecturer
Media and Communication
Centre for Game Design Research
RMIT University
Research Expertise
Branding, Corporate Communications, Strategic Design
Biography
Trained in both visual art and creative writing, Betty writes and illustrates picture books and develops book apps. Her latest book app, How Far is UP? is available on the App Store. Betty is currently completing her PhD on children’s book app design. She presents numerous workshops and professional presentations on this topic.Betty has exhibited her illustrations in Australia, Asia, Europe and North America. Her picture book illustrations were selected for inclusion in the Asian Festival of Children’s Content 2013 BIG exhibition (Singapore). Her children’s app, How Far is UP? was selected for Interactivity 2014, an international showcase of interactive media (Toronto). How Far is UP? was also a finalist in the 2014 Premier’s Design Awards.

Betty conducts research on the ways that mobile apps can foster social and physical engagement. Her academic publications can be found here. She has lectured in graphic design and networked media at RMIT and Charles Sturt Universities, Australia.

Industry Experience
  • Independent App Developer
  • Wrote, illustrated, animated and programmed the iPad app “How Far is UP?” (Demibook Storytime 2014)
  • Wrote, illustrated and designed the children’s ebooks “Wayne Boris Carlo” (UTales 2011) and “RED” (uTales 2012)
  • Committee Member for Society of Children’s Books Authors and Illustrators (SCBWI)
  • Member of Illustrators Australia
  • Member of Australian Society of Authors

Awards and Citations

  • Finalist in the 2014 Premier’s Design Awards