Leisha Muraki
 

Leisha Muraki

The most important currency in our world is no longer capital — it is connection. It is the connected billion of global practitioners solving real problems, sharing real stories; together with purpose and without hesitation.

Since 2009, I’ve worked remotely and in this capacity have built communities, launched ideas and contributed to the field of arts, film, music & design. In keeping with global trends, my responsibilities have moved beyond the normalities of a full-time job. It demands deep understanding and agility across roles as collaborator / curator / director / designer / lecturer / researcher / strategist / student / writer

Below is my portfolio — a collection of sorts — of works and experiences.

 
 

at present...

Founder of RORA

RORA is a venture design practice, positioned to celebrate and invest in projects with significant promise toward social, emotional, intellectual or physical value. The practice crafts holistic design for wholehearted ventures, using design as a method, not ornament, to de-risk projects when resources are scarce.

 
 
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interim Chief operations officer...

Convenory

Convenory is a family of founders, funders and connectors supporting the lifecycle of great ideas and the lifestyle of those who create them.  

Convenory Terrace in Melbourne, Australia, is the inaugural campus, private members club, thriving hospitality business, co-working, event space and home to a multi-stage venture fund — a canvas to concentrate talent, ideas and capital

 

 
 
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From time to time...

Communication Designer

Executing impactful campaigns for nonprofits, small business and enterprise alike as a freelance contractor and former designer at WongDoody, Studio Vertex and Just Another Agency.

 
 

Selected Past clients

AIGA
Seattle, WA, USA

Alaska Airlines
Seattle, WA, USA

ARCADE | Dialogue on Design
Seattle, WA, USA

The Australian Children’s Choir
Melbourne, VIC, AUS

Bellevue Arts Museum
Bellevue, WA, USA

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Seattle, WA, USA

Canterbury Museum
Christchurch, NZ

Casey Family Programs
Seattle, WA, USA

The Galeries Sydney
Sydney, NSW, AUS

Mag Nation
AUS & NZ

Matisse Properties
Rome, ITA

National Gallery of Victoria
Melbourne, VIC, AUS

T-Mobile
Seattle, WA, USA

T-World
Melbourne, VIC, AUS

Washington State Department of Health
Seattle, WA, USA

United Nations AIDS
Seattle, WA, USA

Board Member Positions

AGDA (Australian Graphic Design Association)
Victoria Council Member
November 2012 - November 2013

AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts)
UW Vice President
September 2008 – June 2009

AIGA
UW Programming Officer
September 2007 – June 2008

Features / Publications

Esperanto Magazine  
September 2015
Interview

Just Another Agency Annual: 2nd Ed. 
2012

Print Magazine Design Annual
AIGA Into the Woods

Just Another Agency Annual: 1st Ed. 
2011

AGDA Poster Biennial
October 2011

Australian Artisan
2011

One x One x One
October 2011

Tomorrow my attention TURNS TO...

M.Ed Candidate

While my masters research seeks to understand undergraduate design education, the thesis is not simply a study on learning practices — rather it is a study of how education, the design industry and those who participate relate to one another.

 

 
 
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Looking for opportunities as...

Lecturer & Public Speaker

My career in design carved a pathway into brand strategy and design for business, leading to opportunities to speak about the industry and to join the academic community. I am a former lecturer at RMIT University (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) in the undergraduate & masters courses, at Holmesglen Institute and at SIM Global Education (Singapore Institute of Management).

 
 

adjunct & Guest Lecturer

RMIT University 
Master of Communication Design
March 2015
Melbourne, VIC, AUS

SIM Global Education
Bachelor of Communication
April 2015
Singapore

Holmesglen Institute
Bachelor of Communication Design
February – November 2014
Melbourne, VIC, AUS

RMIT University
Bachelor of Communication Design
February - June 2014
Melbourne, VIC, AUS

We Teach Me
Information Design
March 2012
Melbourne, VIC, AUS

Speaking engagements

Unbilled Conference
October 2015
Presentation
Brisbane, QLD, AUS

Ladies of Leisure
October 2015
Creative Business Development
Presentation & Workshop
Melbourne, VIC, AUS

Red Bubble
April 2015
Keys to Success: Presentation
Melbourne, VIC, AUS

RMIT
March 2015
Business of Design: Presentation
Melbourne, VIC, AUS

Australian Academy of Design
August 2014
Business of Design: Presentation
Melbourne, VIC, AUS

DIA (Design Institute of Australia) 
November 2013
Design 101: Panel Discussion
Melbourne, VIC, AUS

AGDA First Five Out
April 2013
Skeletons in Your Closet: Presentation
Melbourne, VIC, AUS

MENTOR

AGDA Folio Night  
January 2014 & November 2013
Melbourne, VIC, AUS

Design for Excellence
August 2011
Melbourne, VIC, AUS
 

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Moonlighted as...

Events Manager & Curator

Roles centering around design and art management, including stints as events and partnership manager for 1000 £ Bend — one of Melbourne’s largest independent galleries and project spaces. 

 
 

Selected EVENTS

Virgin Australia Melbourne
Fashion Festival

Melbourne, VIC, AUS

Melbourne Comedy Festival
Melbourne, VIC, AUS

Melbourne Music Week
Melbourne, VIC, AUS

Kirin Ichiban Launch
Melbourne, VIC, AUS

Laneway Festival Launch
Melbourne, VIC, AUS

Bend & Snap Market
(Co-Founder)
Melbourne, VIC, AUS

Features / Publications

Time Out Magazine  
2012
Melbourne’s Best Markets
Bend & Snap Market

Gallery & Museum assistant

National Gallery of Victoria  
January – March 2013
Melbourne, VIC, AUS

Art Melbourne
August 2012
Melbourne, VIC, AUS

The Henry Art Gallery
January – June 2009
Seattle, WA, USA

GrATEFUL TO HAVE BEEN AN...

Exhibiting Artist

 
 

Exhibitions

Just Another Agency Exhibition
September 2012
1000 £ Bend
Melbourne, VIC, AUS

Board: Skateboard Retrospective
November 2011 – February 2012
Featured Skateboard Artist
National Gallery of Victoria
Melbourne, VIC, AUS

Three-Sixty Project
October 2011
Featured Skateboard Artist
No Vacancy Gallery
Touring through Australia

LMTD Space Exhibition
October 2011
1000 £ Bend
Melbourne, VIC, AUS
 

 

AGDA Poster Biennial
October 2011
Top 30 - Featured Designer
Gaffa Gallery
Touring through Australia

Just Another Agency Exhibition
September 2011
1000 £ Bend
Melbourne, VIC, AUS

Behind the Desk
September 2011
1000 £ Bend
Melbourne, VIC, AUS

Education in America
September 2011
Information Design
Allen Library
Seattle, WA, USA

Hello Poster Show
December 2010
1000 £ Bend
Melbourne, VIC, AUS

Hello Poster Show
November 2009
Parnassus Cafe & Gallery
Seattle, WA, USA

UW BFA Design Showcase
June 2009
Graduating Designer
Jacob Lawrence Gallery
Seattle, WA, USA

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Yesteryear...

Director of SD&H

¼ of Uncoated Pty. Ltd., a content and media company that curated an annual conference called, Sex, Drugs & Helvetica (Brisbane & Melbourne). The conference invited six acclaimed local and international designer to showcase a single project — from start to finish. Along with the conference, Uncoated  developed design workshops (Brisbane, Sydney & Melbourne) and published online articles and editorials. The ongoing mission: Address the real topics, issues and stories of process that impact designers and their industry.

 
 
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