Anna Talley

Anna Talley

Doctoral Researcher

Anna Talley, Doctoral Researcher

Anna Talley is a design historian specialising in 20th and 21st century material culture. She is currently a PhD candidate and EFI affiliate working between the Edinburgh College of Art and the School of Social and Political Science on a project that investigates the role of communication design in the history of disinformation in American news media. Spanning from late nineteenth-century sensationalist papers to online “fake news” websites, the project explores the changing role of design over time and aims to determine ethical responsibilities of communication designers and where design might be combined with new media policies working to combat disinformation. Her PhD project is funded by the Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities (AHRC/UKRI).

Anna holds an MA in Design History and Material Culture from the V&A/Royal College of Art and a BFA in Art and Design History from the Pratt Institute. She is currently Online Editor for the Design Research Society and convenes a reading group on the digital humanities for the Design History Society. Also interested in curation, Anna has experience assisting in the curatorial departments of the V&A, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum.

Research Interests

  • 20th and 21st century industrial design, communication design and architecture
  • Design and politics/policy
  • Digital artefacts and digital cultural heritage
  • Curating, museums and galleries