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  • Anne Odling-Smee
  • Anne Odling-Smee


    Anne founded Design Science in 2011 with three other partners, having recognised that design expertise was lacking from the field of science communication, despite being well established within the arts.

    Anne graduated with First Class degree in Typography & Graphic Communication from the University of Reading in 1996. She was employed as an editorial designer in London before setting up her first design consultancy, O-SB Design, in 2001. O-SB works within the arts, culture and education; clients include Tate, Royal Academy of Arts and The British Museum.

    In addition to running her two design agencies, Anne is a Visiting Lecturer at the Royal College of Art and at Central Saint Martins in London, and at Konstfack University in Stockholm. She is author of The New Handmade Graphics (RotoVision 2003), a book about graphic designers mixing analogue with digital processes or materials as a way of removing or reducing their dependence on the computer. She has also published other material including articles for Eye magazine and for Phaidon.

    Books and articles

    Co-author of ‘What can design do for science, and science do for design?’, Litmus, Cheltenham Science Festival, 2013
    The Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design, 2012
    ‘Lessons from an abandoned fish factory’, Eye magazine, Vol.82, 2012
    ‘Interview with Ken Garland’ Eye magazine, Vol.66, 2007
    The New Handmade Graphics, hardback, Rotovision 2003

    Lectures and debates

    Speaker at Ireland’s Sci:Com conference, Dec 2015Speaker at British Council funded International Conference in Warsaw, ‘Think(in) Visual Communication’, Dec 2014
    Panel speaker at The British Library ‘Data Visualisation: Is ugly the new smart?’, 27 Feb 2014
    Panel speaker at live discussion ‘Questioning art-science collaborations’, Imperial College, 2012
    Chair of live debate ‘Science and Design: parallel processes?’, Central Saint Martins, 2012
    Lecture for the Information Environments Course at London College of Communication, 2012
    Linnean Society Christmas Lecture: Can design help communicate science? 2011
    Chair of Hunterian Museum live debate: Can design help communicate science? 2011
    Lecturer at ‘Kolla! Grafisk design & Illustration Awards’ 2010
    Lecturer at International Conference: Education in Design, Poland 2007
    Lecturer on handmade graphics at the Goethe-Institut in Krakow, 2005
    British Council guest Lecturer, STGU Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw 2005

    Workshops (non UK)

    Fish Factory Iceland, project led by Anne Odling-Smee for Central Saint Martins students, 2011
    Packaging design workshops Stockholm, Sweden, since 2007
    Packaging design workshop Katowice, Poland 2007
    Street sign design workshop, Zamek Cieszyn, Poland 2007