Annette O’Sullivan

Annette O’Sullivan

Senior lecturer, Ngā Pae Māhutonga - The School of Design

Annette O’Sullivan is a graphic designer who specialises in typography. Her key focus in teaching and practice is the exploration of the use of materials and processes in typographic design. Her PhD research investigates the use and significance of the New Zealand wool bale stencil through a visual, material and typographic perspective.

O'Sullivan was awarded joint ISTD Tutor of the Year, 2014.
  • Expertise

    Hand printing, using historical and contemporary production processes; exploration of type and materiality; local typographic histories; and collaboration as a design practice. 

  • Research Highlights

    Words of a Type (2011)
    DIA (Design Institute of Australia) Gallery, Melbourne and the Hirschfeld Gallery, City Gallery, Wellington.
    A series of 15 hand-stamped works for exhibition exploring text and typographic relationships using wooden type in a collaboration with copywriter James Francis.

    Totally Huge Music Festival, Western Australia (2011)
    Hand printed artwork using wooden type for branding and promotion of an international music festival and conference. A collaboration with Becky Chilcott, designer.

    With Jacquie Naismith, ‘Letter-space: Typographic translations of urban space’, The International Journal of Art and Design Education, 30.1. (2011)
    An exploration of social and aesthetic experiences of place described through student work produced in the Contemporary Letterpress Paper.

    Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, National War Memorial, Wellington (2004)
    Design of caste and sandblasted typography in bronze and granite. Collaboration with Kingsley Baird, tomb designer. 

  • Qualifications

    Diploma Visual Communication Design (Wellington Polytechnic)
    HND (London College of Communication)
    MA (London College of Communication)

  • Professional Affiliations

    International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD)
    Assessor for the Australasian International Society Typographic Designers (ISTD)