Anna Brown MDes, BFA, BA (Hons)

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Director External Partnerships and Projects

CoCA - Partnerships and Projects

Contact details
Telephone: +64 (04) 801 5799  ext. 63348
Email: 
Room Studio C, Block 12, Te Ara Hihiko, Wellington
Ph: 021 511 515

Professional

Professional Biography

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. 

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)

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

PositionCurrentCompleted
Project Leader630
Team Member10

Research Outputs

Creative Work

Noble, A., & Brown, A. (2017, February 10). 'whiteout whitenoise' (2). (No. of Pieces: multiple) [Multimedia installation, photographs and texts]. Project Space Spare Room Gallery, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Brown, A., Noble, A.
Brown, AE. (2016). Trigger Points.
[Design]Authored by: Brown, A.
Noble, A., & Brown, A. (2016, August 19). 'whiteout whitenoise' (1). (No. of Pieces: Multiple) [Multimedia, photographs and texts]. Obscura International Photography Festival.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Brown, A., Noble, A.
brown, A., & Bailey, J. (2016). Extraordinary Anywhere: Essays from Aotearoa New Zealand. Wellington: 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). 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.
[Design]Authored by: Bailey, J., Brown, A., McQuillan, H., Parkin, T., Whitty, J.
Bailey, J., & Brown, A. (2015). Studio Pacific Architecture website.
[Design]Authored by: Bailey, J., Brown, A.
Brown, AE. (2015). Title design for The Changeover.
[Design]Authored by: 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.
Kane, KW., Parkin, T., Robinson, C., & Stowers, K. (2014). On The Fence : Design & Democracy Project. Wellington
[Design]Authored by: Brown, A., Kane, K., Parkin, T., Robinson, C.Contributed to by: Kane, K.Edited by: Kane, K.
Brown, A., & Bailey, J. (2014). LAWA: Land Air Water Aotearoa (Phase 2).
[Design]Authored by: Bailey, J., Brown, A.
Brown, AE., & Bailey, J. (2014). 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). 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.
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: Bailey, J., 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' book and vernissage publication, New Zealand Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia, 55th International Art Exhibition, 1 June – 24 November 2013. An initiative of Creative New Zealand, Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa, with key partner of Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and supporting partners Christchurch Art Gallery and Te Puna o Waiwhetu, Massey University and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki. Featuring essays by Justin Paton, Ian Wedde, Yves Abrioux, Andrew Wilson and Bill Culbert..
[Design]Authored by: Brown, 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., Foster, S.Edited by: Galbraith, H.
Bailey, J., & Brown, A. (2016). Design Colophon: Designing Place. In C. lacey, & I. horrocks (Eds.) Extraordinary Anywhere: Essays on Place from Aotearoa New Zealand. Wellington: Victoria University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Bailey, J., Brown, A.Edited by: Horrocks, I.
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., Thomas, P.

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

Report

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., Gee, S., 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.

Supervision and Teaching

Courses Coordinated

Media and Links

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