Anne Burdick

Department Chair, Graduate Media Design Practices


Anne Burdick is the chair of the graduate Media Design Practices (MDP) Department at ArtCenter, where she has invested deeply in defining the future of graduate-level education and research in design. Part of the MDP’s core faculty since 2002 and the chair since 2006, she has overseen the creation of an innovative curriculum that won the 2014 Core77 Award for Educational Initiatives. 

“I like to think of what we do in MDP as bringing new practices to design and bringing design to new domains," says Burdick. “Our graduates have consistently been hired by companies who created new jobs specifically to make use of our students’ freshly defined expertise.”

Burdick is co-author and designer of Digital_Humanities (MIT Press, 2013), "a compact, game-changing report on the state of contemporary knowledge production." Her work with the Austrian Academy of Sciences includes the experimental text-dictionary, Fackel Wörterbuch: Redensarten (2000), for which she received the prestigious Leipzig Book Fair Prize for the “Most Beautiful Book in the World.” Burdick's award-winning design and research includes the Writing Machines book and web supplement with N. Katherine Hayles; the Fackel Wörterbuch series and the Austrian Academy Corpus—an online database of historical texts—which work separately and together; and The New Ecology of Things (2009), a critical examination of pervasive computing distributed across print, web and mobile devices. From 1995 through 2012, she was designer and design editor of Electronic Book Review

Burdick attended ArtCenter for her undergraduate education and holds a BFA and MFA from the California Institute of the Arts.