Currently...

* Working on a project in the Design and Digital department at the V&A...

* Editing a special issue of the Journal of Design History on Design History and Digital Material Culture...

* Writing a book chapter on the "International Compliant Style" of web design...

* Working on my thesis.

Anna Talley is a researcher specialising in modern and contemporary design. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Design at the University of Edinburgh titled Designing Disinformation: Investigating the Role of Communication Design in American Newspapers and Sensationalist News Outlets, 1890-2020, funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council. Anna is a Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities DTP student and an affiliate of the Edinburgh Futures Institute and Design Informatics. In 2021, she earned her MA in Design History and Material Culture at the V&A/Royal College of Art, where her scholarship focused on modern and contemporary communication design. Anna holds her BFA in Art and Design History from the Pratt Institute, and in 2017, she studied Scandinavian design history and graphic design studio practice in Copenhagen at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad.

Anna is a co-founder of Design in Quarantine, a digital archive of design responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, and edited the DiQ newsletter. Design in Quarantine was awarded the Design History Society’s 2020 Virtual Design History Student Award, is formally preserved by the UK Web Archive, was displayed as part of the London Design Biennale’s 2021 Design in an Age of Crisis exhibition, and has received international press coverage. Anna currently holds the position of Online Editor for the Design Research Society and was previously the first Social Media Editor for Design and Culture, the journal of the Design Studies Forum. She was also Social Media Manager for the Design Pavilion, New York’s premier public design exhibition. As a freelance writer, Anna’s work has been published in Design Observer, AIGA’s Eye On Design, the New York Review of Architecture, AN Interior, WHITEHOT Magazine, MODERN Magazine, and The Magazine ANTIQUES.

Interested in curation, Anna has experience working at museums in the US and UK. She was most recently a curatorial volunteer working between the Furniture, Textiles, and Fashion department and the Architecture, Digital, and Design departments at the V&A on the reinstallation of the museum’s 1900-Now galleries. Prior to this, she assisted in the curatorial departments of the Museum of Modern Art in New York (Architecture and Design), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Modern and Contemporary) and the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. While at Pratt, Anna worked with the Department of Exhibitions, where she helped catalogue the Institute's permanent collection and conducted research for the exhibition, DesignxTime.

Coming from a studio background in graphic design, Anna has experience designing print material, packaging, identity, and web graphics. Anna was the lead graphic designer for the Pratt Institute 2017 Study Abroad in Scandinavia Exhibition for which she won the 2017 DIS Award for Excellence in Graphic Design. In 2015, Anna was a National YoungArts Foundation Finalist in Design.