Hi, I’m Anja. My family and friends call me Nanna. I consider myself an “Artstronaut”: I do and research creative work.

I am fascinated by the intersection of art, culture and technology and have forged a creative career that blends these domains. I studied four years of visual communication at Stellenbosch University and have since ‘made pictures’ for a variety of platforms and purposes, from commercial work to comics, games and apps. I have also written articles, opinion pieces, and comics. In 2011 I completed my Master’s degree in Media Studies at the University of Cape Town with a focus on video game culture in marginal settings. In 2018 I was awarded my Ph.D. which looks at how digital creative tools, particularly those on mobile devices, can assist in democratizing visual design capabilities. It was the first interdisciplinary thesis to have emerged from a collaborative lab established by the computer science and media studies departments, at the centre in ICT4D. I have taught undergraduate courses in digital design and interactive media, as well as post-graduate courses in user-centred design and research methods.

I am currently employed as a post-doctoral fellow at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, while freelancing and working on my first novel.

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Curriculum Vitae

2005 – current
Nanna (www.nannaventer.co.za), Cape Town, Johannesburg, London, Belgium. Freelance art director / designer / illustrator / photographer / film maker.

2020
Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Cape Town, South Africa. Post Doctoral Fellow in Applied Design. Department of Design and Informatics.

2020
Cape Town Creative Academy. Cape Town, South Africa. Part-Time Lecturer. “Digital Illustration”

2019 Red & Yellow School of Logic and Magic. Cape Town, South Africa. Part-Time Lecturer. “User-Centred Design” (Advanced Course in IxD and UX for post-graduate students)

2018
University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa. Lecturer, “Media Theory & Media Research” Qualitative Methods (Post-graduate level).

2016 – 2017
University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa. Lecturer, “Interactive Media” and “Designing Online Media”.

2013 – 2017
Microsoft/Nokia Research lablet, Centre in ICT4D, Cape Town, PhD in Digital Media Research specializing in visual communications in resource-constrained settings. Thesis titled “Patchworked creative practice and mobile ecologies (2018).” https://open.uct.ac.za/handle/11427/28365

2015 – 2016
67games, Cape Town, South Africa, Non-government organization specializing in educational games development, Project Manager and Digital/web designer. http://67games.org/

2015 – 2016
Strengthening Information Society Research Capacity Alliance III, Centre in ICT4D, Cape Town. Preliminary research in Informal Learning/Communities of Practice for developmental contexts

2012
Mendi Laboratory, University of Cape Town, Cape Town. Interactive Media creative consultant for student projects.

2012
Motribe, Cape Town. Intern Designer & Researcher.

2011
Global Impact Studies, The University of Washington, United States, Research Assistant for Cape Town project “Public access, private mobile”

2011
Microsoft Nokia/ UCT ICT4D, Designer and conceptualization, front end design for the Health Poverty Action Midwives App, piloted in Sierra Leone

2011
Mendi Laboratory, University of Cape Town, Cape Town. 3rd year Digital Media Lab Tutor

2009 – 2011
Masters and Savant International (www.mastersandsavant.com) , Johannesburg, Art Director/Designer/Illustrator

2009
Department of RheumatologyMile End Hospital, London. Medical Secretary.

2003 – 2009
Dr J.G Venter, Panorama Medi-Clinic. Part-time Medical Receptionist.

2008
Vision K (www.visionafrika.comKayamandi, Stellenbosch. Teacher.

2007
The Legacy Centre (www.legacykayamandi.comKayamandi, Stellenbosch. Teacher.

2013 – 2017
University of Cape Town, Cape Town, PhD in Media Studies based at the Centre for Information and Communications Technologies For Development (ICT4D)

2011 – 2012
University of Cape Town, Cape Town MA in Media Theory & Practice (passed with distinction).

2005 – 2008
Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch BA (Hons) in Visual Communications. (top 10%)

2000 – 2004
D.F Malan High School, Bellville Matriculated 2004 (passed with distinction – 98% aggregate)

permanent
“Came for the Money, Stayed for the community”, World Design Capital Art Street, Roodehek Street, Cape Town

2018
“COM!CS”, Group Show. GUS gallery, Stellenbosch.

2018
“COM!CS”, Group Show. AVA gallery, Cape Town.

2017
“Bat Butt Supermarket”, Group Show. No End Contemporary Art Space, Johannesburg

2017
“Inktober in Bohemia”, Group Show. Ahem! Art Collective, Cape Town.

2017
“Nude no 5: Past, Present, Future”, Group Show. NUDE, Cape Town.

2016
“Powerpuff Girls Art Factory Exhibition”, Group Show/Charity Fund Raiser. 91 Loop Street, Cape Town.

2016
“Trick or Treat”, Group Show. Wolves, Johannesburg

2015
“S.A.D cat”, official selection, VR game displayed at the A MAZE Johannesburg Festival 2015. Johannesburg, South Africa.

2015
“S.A.D cat”, official selection, VR game displayed at the Creative Coast Festival 2015. Karlshamn, Sweden.

2014
“Graphic Radicals: At the cutting edge of comic art”, Azania Mania Art Kolektiv, Muizenberg (group)

2014
“Graflit”, Youngblood Gallery, Cape Town (group)

2013
“Lovely Creatures”, Culture Gallery, Cape Town (with Shirley Fintz and Mariette Bergh)

2007
“Timo Smuts”, SMAC Gallery, Stellenbosch (group show)

2007
“Prepare a Face (To meet the faces that you meet)”. Canned Applause, Johannesburg (solo)

11 May 2018
Venter, A (2018). “Finding your Creative Flow”. SAE institute. Cape Town, South Africa.


26 August 2017
Venter, A (2017). “She plays, a gaming day for womxn”. Bandwidth Barn, Cape Town, South Africa.


12 September 2015
Venter, A (2015). “Between Comics and Design”. Open Books Comic Festival, Cape Town, South Africa.


29 August 2015
Venter, A (2015). Between 10&5 Creative Women Conference, Cape Town, South Africa.


9 September 2015
Venter, A (2015). “Expand the Magic Circle: on diversity and inclusivity in the South African games community”. A-MAZE Johannesburg International Playful Media Conference. Johannesburg, South Africa.


March 2014
Venter, A (2014). “Portfolio Review”. Behance Selected Creatives. Tjing-Tjing, Cape Town.

Venter, A. (2016). Creative Jamming in Cape Town: improvisation as a method in technocultural research. 8ICOM 8th International Conference on Multimodality. Cape Town, South Africa. 7th – 9th December 2016


Ssozi, F; Reitmaier, T; Venter, A; Blake, E (forthcoming). Enough with ‘In-The- Wild’. AfriCHI: The first inaugural ACM SIGCHI African conference for Human Computer Interaction. Nairobi, Kenya. 21st – 25th November 2016


Walton, M. Venter, A. Reitmaier, T; Molapo, T (forthcoming). Gumzo: new dialogies for HCI. AfriCHI: The first inaugural ACM SIGCHI African conference for Human Computer Interaction. 21st – 25th November 2016


Venter, A (2015). Digital Alternatives: mobile-centric creatives. IR16: Association of Internet Researchers. Phoenix, United States of America. 21 – 24 October 2015.


Venter, A (2015). Smash the Black Box – designing for creative mobile machinery. In Proceedings of the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA 2015 – Disruption). Vancouver, Canada. 14 – 19 August 2015. ISBN: 978-1-910172-00-1


Venter, A (2014). Hacking Design: creative participation and Mobile ecologies. Johannesburg: Fak’ugesi Digital Conference


Anja Venter. (2014). Creative participation and mobile ecologies among resource-constrained aspirant designers in Cape Town, South Africa. In Proceedings of the 13th Participatory Design Conference: Short Papers, Industry Cases, Workshop Descriptions, Doctoral Consortium papers, and Keynote abstracts – Volume 2 (PDC ’14), Vol. 2. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 225-228. ISBN: 978-1-4503-3214-9


Walton, M., Bidwell, N., Venter, A., Reitmaier, T (2014). Mobile technologies and society in South Africa. Towards transdisciplinary perspectives on mobile social media. Potchefstroom: 40th South African Communications Conference SACOMM


Venter, A., Walton, M (2014),. On Context: Exploring mobile phones as gaming consoles among resource-constrained youth in Ocean View, South Africa. Vanderbijlpark: First International Conference on serious games in South Africa


Noakes, T., Walton, M., Venter, A., Nel, J (2014). Phone to Photoshop: Mobile workarounds in young people’s visual self-presentation strategies. Bellville: Design Development Research


Venter, A. (2013). Creative participation and mobile ecologies among aspiring visual designers. Cape Town: IPID 8th International Annual Symposium.


Venter, A. (2012). Mobile Games in a Networked Society: A case study amongst children in Ocean View. South-North Conversations. Durban: International Association for Media and Communications Research.


Venter, A. (2011). Games and Learning: Communities of Practice amongst PC gamers in Cape Town Central Library. South African Communication Association. Pretoria: SACOMM.


Noakes, T., Koloko, M., Pike, M., Pallitt, N., & Venter, A. (2011). Designs for Learning: South African Youth’s use of Microblogging, Online Portfolios…and Computer Games. Design, Development, Research. Bellville: Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

Venter, A., Walton, M. (forthcoming). On Context: Exploring Mobile Phones as Gaming Consoles Among Resource-constrained Youth in Ocean View, South Africa. Journal on Trans-Disciplinary Research South Africa. Published by the Vaal Triangle Campus of North-West University.


Venter, A., Walton, M. (forthcoming). Games and Learning: A perspective on low-income, resource-constrained youth and PC gaming in libraries in Cape Town, South Africa. Computers in Entertainment Special Issue. Published by the Association for Computing Machinery

Venter, Anja; Beukes, Lauren, Nkosingiphile, Mazibuko (2018) “And also!”. Book Dash. Edited by Helen Moffett


Venter, Anja; Moore, Leah (2018). “Hey Amateur! Be a badass goth when you’re lazy and broke!”. Black Crown Quarterly. Edited by: Shelly Bond. Distributed by IDW comics.


Venter, Anja (2017) “Percolator”. Guppy. Edited by: Charly Bliss. Distributed by Barsuk Records


Venter, Anja; Beukes, Lauren (2017) “Ma-Brrr”. Femme Magnifique. Kickstarter funded comic anthology. Edited by Shelly Bond. Distributed by Black Crown.


Venter, Anja (2017) “Fuck you and your feminism”. Feminism is…(anthology), edited by Jennifer Thorpe. Ditributed by Kwela Media.


Venter, Anja (2015, July) “Having a Game Jam? Invite Everyone.” A MAZE. Magazine, “Black”. Edited by Thorsten Storno.


Venter, Anja (2014) “Strings: Here comes the rot!”. Graflit: Urban Interiors. Edited by Su Opperman. Distributed by CCIBA & Mamba Media

2016
The Gary Marsden Development Fund to attend AfriCHI 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya

2015
AoIR Student travel grant for Internet Researchers 16 conference held in Phoenix, Arizona.

2015
First Place for VR game “S.A.D cat”, Shayla Games Virtual Reality Game Jam, Copenhagen. Member of Team “Is this a Horse?”

2015
COIMBRA Scholarship Programme for Young African Researchers. 2 month research stay at Aarhus University Centre for Participatory IT. Under supervision of Prof Kim Halskov.

2015
Sir Robert Kotze Grant. International Travel. University of Cape Town

2015
Microsoft Research Grant. PhD funding, centre in ICT4D, UCT.

2014
Nokia Research Grant. PhD funding. Nokia Research lablet, centre in ICT4D, UCT.

2013
Nokia Research Grant. PhD funding. Nokia Research lablet, centre in ICT4D, UCT.

2012
Pendoring Award: Silver. Internet/mobile/interactive communication. Van Coke Kartel Wie’s Bang. Dojo115.

2012
Loerie Award: Craft Certificate. Internet, Mobile & Interactive Communication: Digital Crafts – Illustration & Graphic Design. Van Coke Kartel Wie’s Bang. Dojo115

2012
The South Africa Netherlands research Programme on Alternatives in Development (SANPAD) Research Scholarship

2011
The South Africa Netherlands research Programme on Alternatives in Development (SANPAD) Research Scholarship

2011
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Research Grant for Global Impact Project

2008
Design Indaba Emerging Creative, Cape Town (www.designindaba.com)

2007
Timo Smuts Official Selection, Stellenbosch

2006
Media24 Illustration Award, Cape Town

2016
Inaugural African Human Computer Interaction Conference (AfriCHI 2016) Nairobi, Kenya. “Gumzo” Track Conference Chair.

2016
The 8th International Conference of Information and Technologies for Development (ICTD2016). Conference Reviewer

2015
A-MAZE Pop-up Alexandra. Johannesburg, South Africa. Co-ordinator.

2015
Digital Participation Research Group. University of Cape Town. Co-ordinator.

2015
The 7th International Conference of Information and Technologies for Development (ICTD2015) Singapore. Conference Reviewer

2014
GetSmarter Foundations in Graphic Design course. External Examiner

2013
GetSmarter Introduction to Web design course. External Examiner

2013
The 6th International Conference of Information and Communications Technology for Development (ICTD2013) Cape Town. Conference Reviewer

2013
The 6th International Conference of Information and Communications Technology for Development (ICTD2013) Cape Town. Student Volunteer