Laurene Vaughan is an Associate Professor in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University and Research Leader within the RMIT Design Research Institute. Between 2005 -20010 she was Project Leader and researcher within ACID (the Australasian CRC for Interaction Design). Originally coming from an art and design education background with a major in sculpture, Vaughan has melded a career of practicing artist, designer and educator in Australia and internationally. Within her practice Vaughan endeavours to explore and present comment on the interactive and situated nature of human experience, particularly the ways that we create and articulate the experience of place. For the past 5-years she has been investigating the historical and cultural evolution of vernacular artefacts: their making and their meaning. She enjoys identifying the unexpected within our everyday lives and then re-presenting them through images, words and artefacts.