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

Director Projects and Partnerships

CoCA - Partnerships and Projects

 

Anna is a design researcher, educator and practitioner whose expertise is in participatory design. Her research focuses on deliberative engagement, participatory policy design and design-led innovation. She leads Toi Āria: Design for Public Good, a research centre in the College of Creative Arts where she is an Associate Professor. Toi Āria works with organisations within government and not-for-profit sectors to create and deliver community-centred policies and services.

Anna is also an award-winning book designer and typographer. 

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Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: +64 21 511 515
    Location: Shared CoCA workspace, Block 1 Te Whare Pūkākā
    Campus: Wellington

Qualifications

  • Master of Design - Massey University (2012)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts - University of Canterbury (2002)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - Victoria University (1998)

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)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

I am a design researcher, educator and practitioner. Working across disciplines, subjects and forms my design research is articulated through diverse partnerships and varied collaborations. More recent explorations into how design for public good can be utilised for citizen engagement and as an agent of social change has expanded my practice to participatory design, public good, citizen engagement and design for deliberative democracy. I am the founder/director of the Toi Āria: Design for Public Good, a research centre in the College of Creative Arts. I lead a small, adaptable team engaged in applied research projects, working with, or alongside, government agencies, and in partnership with community providers. My research leadership is demonstrated through the use of humanist design philosophy in social policy and government.

I am also a practising designer with an international profile in book design. My work investigates through iterative processes, form, materials and typography how the vehicle of the book can animate and amplify the content it contains. I have completed significant commissions to collaborate nationally and internationally with visual artists, curators, editors and musicians. 

Thematics

Design – for Commerce, Community and Culture, Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Built Environment And Design (120000): Design Innovation (120302): Design Practice and Management (120300): Visual Communication Design (incl. Graphic Design) (120307)

Keywords

Participatory design; co-design; system design; trusted data; fairness & accountability; community acceptance; social licence

Book design, typography, narrative forms

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 6 41
Team Member 0 1

Research Outputs

Conference

Brown, A., Chouldechova, A., Putnam-Hornstein, E., Tobin, A., & Vaithianathan, R.(2019). Toward Algorithmic Accountability in Public Services A Qualitative Study of Affected Community Perspectives on Algorithmic Decision-Making in Child Welfare Services. Paper presented at the meeting of https://dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.1145/3290605.3300271. Glasgow, Scotland
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Brown, A.
Robinson, C., & Brown, A. (2018, March). New Zealand Value of Design Project. Presented at National Design Summit – Museum Applied Arts and Sciences
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Brown, A., Robinson, C.
Brown, A., Bailey, J., & Kane, K. (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, A., & Bailey, J. (2013, November). Design conversations: Design conservation. Presented at Design for Conservation Symposium. Lincoln University, Christchurch, New Zealand.
[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.

Report

Brown, A., Mark, S., Millers, J., Parkin, T., Reade, A., & Tobin, A. (2019). Better later life: a pilot study of life experiences of New Zealand people aged 65+.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Brown, A., Mark, S., Parkin, T.Contributed to by: Parkin, T.
Mark, S., & Brown, A.(2019). Design's role in the New Zealand of the Future.
[Technical Report]Authored by: Brown, A., Mark, S.
Robinson, C., Mark, S., & Brown, A. (2017). The value of design to New Zealand summary report.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Brown, A., Mark, S., Robinson, C.Contributed to by: Robinson, C.
Mark, S., Robinson, C., & Brown, A. (2017). The value of design to New Zealand. PwC.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Brown, A., Mark, S., Robinson, C.Contributed to by: Robinson, C.Edited by: Robinson, C.
Brown, A., & Parkin, T. (2016). Designing for all: a national design challenge. Workshops summary and action plan produced in conjunction with Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Open Lab.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Brown, A., Parkin, T.
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: Brown, A., Galloway, C., Hazou, R., Page, W., Sligo, F., Tilley, E.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.

Creative Work

Brown, A., Parkin, T., 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.. Wellington, New Zealand: Open Lab
[Design]Authored by: Brown, A., Parkin, T.Contributed to by: Parkin, T.
Brown, A. (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.
Brown, A., Boyd, N, ., Jerram, S, ., & Amery, M, . (2017). Our Future Masterton — Ahutahi ki mua.
[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.
Bailey, J., & Brown, A. (2014). LAWA: Land Air Water Aotearoa. New Zealand
[Design]Authored by: Bailey, J., Brown, A.Contributed to by: Kane, K.Edited by: Bailey, J.
Bailey, J., & Brown, A. (2019). Environmental graphics for The body of the work / It does no harm to wonder Richard Reddaway retrospective exhibition at Aratoi, Masterton.
[Design]Authored by: Bailey, J., Brown, A.
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, A. (2017). No Vertical Song: Anne Noble. Melbourne: Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia
[Design]Authored by: Brown, A.
Brown, AE. (2017). Title design for The Changeover.
[Design]Authored by: Brown, A.
Brown, A. (2016). The Glass Archive by Wayne Barrar. : Forrester Gallery, Oamaru and Whiti o Rehua School of Art, Massey University, Wellington
[Design]Authored by: Brown, A.
Brown, A. (2016). Abeille / Abbaye. Abbaye de Noirlac, France
[Design]Authored by: Brown, A.
Noble, A., & Brown, A. (2016). whiteout, whitenoise. Penang, Malaysia
[Design]Authored by: Brown, A., Noble, A.Contributed to by: Brown, A.
Brown, A. (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 15). 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 New Zealand. Editors: Lacey, C and Horrocks, I., 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.
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); Home: New Writing (2017) (multi-edition book systems). : Massey University Press, New Zealand
[Design]Authored by: Bailey, J., Brown, A.
Brown, AE. (2015). Virtually POP exhibition catalogue.
[Design]Authored by: Brown, A.
Parkin, T., Whitty, J., McQuillan, H., Holdaway, S., Bailey, J., & Brown, A. (2015). Space Between online platform: sustainable fashion e-commerce strategies. Wellington, New Zealand: Space Between
[Design]Authored by: Bailey, J., Brown, A., Parkin, T.
Bailey, J., Brown, A., & Jeppesen, T. (2015). Studio Pacific Architecture website. New Zealand
[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). Te Papa Tongarewa book series. Wellington, New Zealand: Te Papa Press
[Design]Authored by: Bailey, J., Brown, A.
Brown, A. (2014). Strange Terrain: A New Anthology of New Zealand Graphic Scores 1965-2012. 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, A. (2014). 'Strange Baroque Ecologies — a book publishing performance'. City Gallery Wellington
[Design]Authored by: Brown, A.
Brown, A. (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, A. (2013). Bill Culbert: Front Door Out Back. Christchurch, New Zealand: Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu
[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

Mark, S., & Brown, A.(2019). Submission to the Government's new research, science and innovation strategy by Massey University's College of Creative Arts.
[Discussion Paper]Authored by: Brown, A., Mark, S.
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.
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., TeAo, S.Edited by: Galbraith, H.
Brown, A., & 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.

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.

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