Hi. My name is Anne. I make stuff with words.

I know designers who would never agree that writing or speaking is as valuable as making things. Thinking about how much that bothered me, this afternoon I posed the following question on Twitter: I got some great responses – thanks everyone! – and I’d like to round up some of them here. (The time stamps […]

True writing and (ethnographic) fiction

Posted on Feb 24, 2012 in Everyday Life, Research Methodologies

I’ve been writing fiction. I don’t think I’m very good at it and I want to get better. There are loads of books and websites and quotes about writing and story-telling, but right now I’m allowing myself to be guided by one piece of advice from Ernest Hemingway: “Good writing is true writing.” (By-Line: Ernest […]

Teaching: Cultures of Design, Or Design and Everyday Life

This is my third year teaching in the southern hemisphere and it still feels strange to be kicking off the academic year in March! I teach one third-year course this trimester, called Cultures of Design–but if I could rename it, I’d call it Design and Everyday Life. Here are the highlights: Course description Original and […]

Reflections on pop culture and everyday life

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 in Everyday Life

I took some time off work and had grand plans for catching up on my academic reading and writing, but quickly realised I was on holiday and instead completely immersed myself in highly dramatic and emotive pop culture. First, I’ve been reading a bunch of young adult speculative fiction. I started with Susanne Collins’ epic […]