Anne Odling-Smee

Director of Design Science

Anne is a designer, educator and writer with 20+ years’ experience in graphic design and design communications. She studied Typography & Graphic Communication at the University of Reading having previously taken A-levels in maths, biology, chemistry and art, then expecting to follow her family’s scientific career path.


Anne worked for leading London design agencies before setting up O-SB Design in 2001. She founded Design Science a decade later, having grown aware of the lack of communication design being applied in science, healthcare and education.


She has taught at the Royal College of Art, Central Saint Martins and Camberwell College of Arts in London, and at Konstfack University in Stockholm. She has lectured widely in Poland.


Anne is a Project Monitor for Wellcome Trust’s Inspiring Science Fund 2019. She advises on We the Curious in Bristol and Techniquest in Cardiff.

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 written for Eye magazine, Phaidon, Cheltenham Science Festival, the Wellcome Trust, the British Science Association and the British Council.