Anna Brown

Anna Brown

Director: Partners and Projects, Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor
, College of Creative Arts. Director of Toi Āria: Design for Public Good.

Anna Brown is an award-winning designer and typographer. She is known for her collaborative approach to book design, exploring narrative forms that result in gallery-based book installations and participatory performance works as well as catalogues and artists’ books. Through projects with visual artists and musicians, she investigates the concept of the expanded book in a digital age. Brown teaches in the School of Design at the College of Creative Arts, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand. There she is Director of Toi Āria, an initiative that explores design for public good.

  • Expertise

    Design-led innovation, creative leadership, collaboration, user-centric design thinking, co-creative design methodologies, book design and typography.

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  • Research Highlights

    Iteration Again: Edited by David Cross, 2013
    A collaborative book design with Catherine Adam commissioned by curatorial director Dr. David Cross, Contemporary Art Spaces Tasmania and Punctum Books, New York. The book re-presents 13 temporary public artworks by 22 Australian and international artists that took place across Tasmania.

    Torbay ti kouka: A New Zealand tree in the English Riviera, 2011
    A book commissioned by renowned New Zealand photographer Wayne Barrar and the University of Plymouth Press, United Kingdom. The book design required a typographic response to the peculiar idea of the NZ 'ti kouka' (Torbay palm) planted in a foreign landscape.

    The Crescent Moon: the Asian face of Islam in New Zealand
    Photographs by Ans Westra, text by Adrienne Jensen, 2009
    A book design commissioned by the Asia NZ Foundation and Pataka Museum of Arts and Culture. This book, widely praised for its aesthetic beauty, seamless visualisation and communication of multiple cultural perspectives, provided a key contribution to Asian Awareness week in 2009, and accompanied a two year travelling exhibition of Ans Westra's photographs of NZ Muslims shown in over ten galleries nation-wide. 

    Joanna Margaret Paul: Drawing by Jill Trevelyan and Sarah, 2006
    This 140 page book was commissioned by Auckland University Press and Mahara Gallery. The book represents a three year travelling exhibition developed for the 2006 International Arts Festival entitled ‘Subjects to Hand: Joanna Margaret Paul drawing’ into a book artefact. The design highlights the elasticity and virtuosity of Paul’s drawing practice. The design controls the pictorial plane, the compositional use of white space and the subtle use of coloured pages to separate each section. 

  • Qualifications

    BA (Hons) (Victoria University)
    BFA (Canterbury University)
    MDes with Distinction (Massey University)

  • Professional Affiliations

    Designers Institute of New Zealand (DINZ)