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Associate Professor Anna Brown MDes, BFA, BA (Hons)

Director Projects and Partnerships

CoCA - Partnerships and Projects

Anna Brown is a design educator, researcher and practitioner. Her research focuses on creative leadership, collaboration and design-led innovation. She leads and facilitates a research team at Open Lab — a research and enterprise design environment — which works on a diverse range of projects utilising user-centric design thinking and applying co-creative design methodologies. Her personal research interests sits within an established discipline of innovative book design. She teaches in the visual communication degree, with a focus on enterprise education in design. 

Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: 021 511 515
    Location: Studio C, Block 12, Te Ara Hihiko
    Campus: Wellington

Qualifications

  • Master of Design (Distinction) - Massey University (2012)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Design) - Ilam School of Fine Arts, Canterbury University (2001)
  • BA (Hons) English and History - Victoria University (1997)

Prizes and Awards

  • Extraordinary Anywhere won the best non-illustrated book at the PANZ (Publishers Association of New Zealand) Book Design Award 2017. The following citation was given at the awards on 20 July 2017 by the judges: ‘Intriguing and playful cover assuming the language of maps, but divulging coordinates of poetry or location details. The restricted colour palette works, and the change of pace and the change of place with the sections, the chapter intros and openers gives relief or a cause to pause. The qualities of this book speak for themselves’. http://www.bookdesignawards.co.nz/2017-winners/ - PANZ (Publishers Association of New Zealand Inc) (2017)
  • Rata Award (Research, Teaching and Support Awards) for Innovation in Teaching, College of Creative Arts, Massey University. This award is given to recognise and celebrate exceptionally innovative teaching practices in the creative arts. - (2011)
  • Awarded a Gold medal for 'The Postage Stamp 2011' calendar design in the in the Promotional Print category of the New Zealand Pride in Print Awards 2011. - (2011)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

My research focuses on two distinct areas.

The first is creative leadership, collaboration and design-led innovation. I lead and facilitate a research team at Open Lab — an enterprise design environment — where we work on a diverse range of projects utilising user-centric design thinking and applying co-creative design methodologies. Our practice-led research encompasses data visualisation, user-driven design, design for and with government, social and citizen engagement, experience design and service design.

The second centers upon a practice-led design research exploring visual communication with a particular focus on typographic book de sign and a diversification into the book as a re-presentation device and as a cultural artefact. This research sits within an established discipline of book design but more recently explores the book in a non-linear form and as anembodied object.

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship, Design – for Commerce, Community and Culture

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Built Environment And Design (120000):
Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy (130201): Curriculum and Pedagogy (130200):
Design Innovation (120302): Design Management and Studio and Professional Practice (120303): Design Practice and Management (120300):
Education (130000):
Visual Communication Design (incl. Graphic Design) (120307)

Keywords

Design Thinking, Strategic Design, Design Facilitation, Enterprise Education, Entrpreneurship, Visual Communication, Creative Leadership, Book Design, Typography.

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 4 32
Team Member 0 1

Research Outputs

Creative Work

Brown, AE. (2017). No Vertical Song: Anne Noble. Melbourne: Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia
[Design]Authored by: Brown, A.
Brown, AE., Parkin, TJ., Tobin, A., & Le Bas, T. (2017). Our Data, Our Way: What New Zealand people expect from guidelines for data use and sharing. New Zealand: Data Futures Partnership
[Design]Authored by: Brown, A., Parkin, T.Contributed to by: Brown, A.
Brown, A., & Parkin, T. (2017). Select All: a practical introduction to Inclusive Design for the New Zealand design community..
[Design]Authored by: Brown, A., Parkin, T.Contributed to by: Parkin, T.
Noble, A., & BROWN, A. (2017) 'whiteout whitenoise' (3). [Exhibition] IMAS / Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies Gallery, HOBART, Tasmania, Australia
[Artwork]Authored by: Brown, A., Noble, A.
Brown, AE. (2017). Title design for The Changeover.
[Design]Authored by: Brown, A.
Brown, AE. (2016). The Glass Archive by Wayne Barrar. Forrester Gallery, Oamaru: Forrester Gallery, Oamaru and Whiti o Rehua School of Art, Massey University, Wellington
[Design]Authored by: Brown, A.
Brown, AE. (2016). Abeille / Abbaye. Abbaye de Noirlac, France
[Design]Authored by: Brown, A.
Noble, A., & Brown, AE. (2016). whiteout, whitenoise. Penang, Malaysia
[Design]Authored by: Brown, A.Contributed to by: Brown, A.
Brown, AE., & Boyd, G. (2016). Our Future Masterton.
[Design]Authored by: Brown, A.Contributed to by: Brown, A.
Brown, AE. (2016). Trigger Points. Palitz Gallery, New York City, New York: Syracuse University Art Galleries, Syracuse and New York, USA
[Design]Authored by: Brown, A.
Noble, A., & Brown, A. (2016, August 19). 'whiteout whitenoise'. [A multi-media installation including photographs and texts as suites of concertina pages (each page 253mm X 213mm), a riddle and a book box. Whiteout #1–#40 images of Antarctic light and illusory space. Pigment prints on matte paper. Whitenoise #1–#60 excerpts from fiction and non-fiction sources that include metaphorical uses of the word white. The box is included in the exhibition as the vessel for the work]. Obscura International Festival of Photography, Penang, Malaysia.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Brown, A., Noble, A.
Bailey, J., & Brown, A. (2016). Extraordinary Anywhere: Essays on Place from Aotearoa; Book internal and cover design system.. Wellington, New Zealand: Victoria University Press
[Design]Authored by: Bailey, J., Brown, A.
Bailey, J., Brown, A., Wiseman, M., & Le Bas, T. (2016). Cover design system for Massey Texts (book series). Albany, New Zealand: Massey University Press
[Design]Authored by: Bailey, J., Brown, A.
Brown, AE. (2015). Grow Waitaha: Learners at the centre of change. Christchurch: Grow Waitaha and the Ministry of Education
[Design]Authored by: Brown, A.Contributed to by: Brown, A.
Bailey, J., Brown, A., Le Bas, T., & Wiseman, M. (2015). Book series systems (five) commissioned by Massey University Press: Poetry New Zealand (2017); The Journal of Urgent Writing (2016); Massey Texts (2015); Land & Food Annual (2016) Thinking About: Objects from Te Papa (2017) (multi-edition book systems). : Massey University Press
[Design]Authored by: Bailey, J., Brown, A.
Brown, AE. (2015). Virtually POP exhibition catalogue.
[Design]Authored by: Brown, A.
Parkin, TJ., Whitty, J., McQuillan, H., Holdaway, S., Bailey, J., & Brown, A. (2015). Space Between online platform: ethical e-commerce strategies.
[Design]Authored by: Bailey, J., Brown, A., McQuillan, H., Parkin, T., Whitty, J.
Bailey, J., Brown, A., & Jeppesen, T. (2015). Studio Pacific Architecture website (information architecture, visual system including icon-based filtering, user interface design, user experience).
[Design]Authored by: Bailey, J., Brown, A.
Kane, KW., Robinson, C., Howie, M., & Parkin, T. (2014). Ask Away : Design & Democracy Project. Wellington
[Design]Authored by: Brown, A., Kane, K., Parkin, T., Robinson, C.Contributed to by: Kane, K.Edited by: Kane, K.
Bailey, J., & Brown, A. (2014). LAWA: Land Air Water Aotearoa (website, data visualisation, science communication, brand system).
[Design]Authored by: Bailey, J., Brown, A.Contributed to by: Kane, K.Edited by: Bailey, J.
Bailey, J., & Brown, A. (2014). Te Papa Tongarewa book series: My New Zealand ABC Book: Learn the alphabet with art and objects from Te Papa; My New Zealand Colours Book: Learn colours with art and objects from Te Papa; My New Zealand 123 Book: Learn counting with art and objects from Te Papa (3 New Zealand board books) (book design system). Wellington: Te Papa Press
[Design]Authored by: Bailey, J., Brown, A.
Brown, AE. (2014). Strange Terrain: A New Anthology of New Zealand Graphic Scores 1965-2012 [Box, book, CD and DVD set]. Wellington: Wai-te-ata Press, Victoria University, Wellington
[Design]Authored by: Brown, A.
Brown, AE. (2014). 'Twelve Years Later' — photographs by Simon Mark.
[Design]Authored by: Brown, A.
Brown, AE. (2014). 'Strange Baroque Ecologies — a book publishing performance'. City Gallery Wellington
[Design]Authored by: Brown, A.
Brown, AE. (2013). Memory Symposium triptych: The Culture of Memory Symposium, Triggering Memory Symposium, and Reflex, Figment exhibition. London and York: University of College London, Syracuse University, York St John University, Massey University
[Design]Authored by: Brown, A.
Bailey, J., & Brown, A. (2013). College of Creative Arts website.
[Design]Authored by: Bailey, J., Brown, A.
Brown, AE. (2013). Strange Baroque Ecologies — A book publishing performance.
[Design]Authored by: Brown, A.
Bailey, J., Brown, A., & Kane, K. (2013). LAWA: Land Air Water Aotearoa (Phase 1).
[Design]Authored by: Brown, A., Kane, K.
Brown, AE. (2013). The Cultures of Memory Symposium 2013. London and York
[Design]Authored by: Brown, A.
Brown, AE. (2013). 'Tomb' by Kingsley Baird.
[Design]Authored by: Brown, A.
Brown, AE., & Wu, R. (2013). Black Inc — One nation's identity, a global politic by Prudence Stone. Wellington
[Design]Authored by: Brown, A.
Brown, AE., & Adam, C. (2013). 'Iteration:Again — 13 public art projects across Tasmania', curated by David Cross.. New York: Punctum Books
[Design]Authored by: Brown, A.
Brown, AE. (2013). Gone Forever — The story of Paremata's Hobson Street, author Bob Maysmor.
[Design]Authored by: Brown, A.
Brown, AE. (2013). Design of all collateral for the Strange Baroque Ecologies Symposium which was held at the City Gallery Wellington from 21-23 November 2013..
[Design]Authored by: Brown, A.
Brown, AE. (2013). Bill Culbert: Front Door Out Back.
[Design]Authored by: Brown, A.
Brown, AE. (2010). Typographic artists book and slip case to accompany Prof. Anne Noble (OBE)'Whiteout Whitenoise' photographic exhibition at Two Rooms Gallery, Auckland. Hand bound by master bookbinder Barbara Schmelzer (Melbourne) with slip case.
[Design]Authored by: Brown, A.
Noble, A., & Brown, A.'whiteout whitenoise' (2). [Exhibition] Project Space Spare Room Gallery, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia
[Artwork]Authored by: Brown, A., Noble, A.
Brown, AE.(2011). 'Pacific Dreams' a short film by David Strong. [Film/DVD: Art Director. Duration: 12 minutes]. Wellington, New Zealand
[Film or Video]Authored by: Brown, A.
Brown, AE.(2010). 'Eternity' 2011 (post production) New Zealand Feature Film written and directed by Alex Galvin. [Art Department]. Wellington, New Zealand: Eternity Productions
[Film or Video]Authored by: Brown, A.

Book

Galbraith, HL., & Saluti, AJ.(2016). Trigger points. Syracuse and New York, USA: Syracuse University Art Galleries
[Authored Book]Authored by: Galbraith, H.Contributed to by: Brown, A., Puke, K., Te Ao, S.Edited by: Galbraith, H.
Bailey, J., & Brown, A. (2016). Designing Place. In C. Lacey, & I. Horrocks (Eds.) Extraordinary Anywhere: Essays on Place from Aotearoa New Zealand. Wellington, New Zealand: Victoria University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Bailey, J., Brown, A.
Brown, AE., & thomas, PA. (2015). When is a book not a book? Exploring the possibilities of the material book in a digital world. In Borders & crossings: The artist as explorer: Impact 8. (pp. 74 - 79). United Kingdom: Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design University of Dundee
[Chapter]Authored by: Brown, A.

Conference

Brown, A., Kane, K., & Bailey, J. (2015, November). Public Sector Design. Presented at Helix: A symposium on the New Zealand Design DNA project. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Bailey, J., Brown, A., Kane, K.Contributed to by: Bailey, J.
Brown, AE. (2014, October). Conversations in Book Design — Designing 'for' and designing 'with'. Presented at Art And Book Symposium. Dunedin School of Art.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Brown, A.
Brown, AE., & Bailey, J. (2013, November). Design Conservation, Design Conversations. Presented at Design for Conservation Symposium. Lincoln University.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Bailey, J., Brown, A.
Brown, AE., & Thomas, PA. (2013, August). Brown, AE and Thomas, PA ‘Teaching book futures’. Impact 8; Borders and Crossings: The artist as explorer. International printmaking conference, 28 August – 1 September 2013, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland.. Presented at Impact 8; Borders and Crossings: The artist as explorer. International printmaking conference. Dundee, Scotland.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Brown, A.
Brown, AE., & Thomas, PA. (2013, August). When is a book not a book?. Presented at Impact 8; Borders and Crossings: The artist as explorer. International printmaking conference. Dundee, Scotland.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Brown, A.
Brown, AE. (2012, November). The Social Book. Presented at Bibliographic Society of Australia and New Zealand Conference 2012. Centre for the Book, University of Otago.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Brown, A.

Thesis

Brown, AE. (2012). The Endless Book — exploring the online, offline.. (Doctoral Thesis, Massey University)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Brown, A.
Brown, AE. (2011). The Endless Book — exploring the online, offline.. (Master's Thesis, Massey University)
[Masters Thesis]Authored by: Brown, A.Edited by: Bradford, M.

Report

PriceWaterhouseCoopers, ., & Mark, S. (2017). The value of design to New Zealand. DesignCo.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Brown, A., Mark, S., Robinson, C.Contributed to by: Robinson, C.Edited by: Robinson, C.
Tilley, EN., Page, W., Balasubramanian, R., O'Meara, R., Gee, S., Hazou, R., . . . Soma, J. (2014). It's my life: Evaluation report. School of English & Media Studies, Massey University.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Balasubramanian, R., Brown, A., Galloway, C., Hazou, R., Jones, L., Page, W., Sligo, F., Tilley, E., Waterworth, C.Edited by: Tilley, E.
Brown, AE.Commissioned by Head of Digital at Radio New Zealand to produce a report based on research findings from a one week intensive 'Digital Presence Design Workshop' exploring how 'Radio New Zealand can become a truly live, multi-media web experience'..
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Brown, A.

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