Anja, or Nanna Venter (as known by her friends and family), is a Mowbray-based illustrator, designer, and general creative. She grew up in Bellville, Cape Town, and completed her Bachelor’s and Honours in Visual Communications at the University of Stellenbosch. Prior to freelancing, Nanna worked as a medical secretary in London and a designer in advertising in Johannesburg.
In 2011, Nanna decided to go back to school due to her fascination with the intersection of culture and technology. She completed a Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Media Studies. She investigated how creative tools, particularly those on mobile, have assisted in democratising design capabilities among resource-constrained aspiring designers in Cape Town. Her research was fully funded by Microsoft/Nokia Research.
Nanna is currently freelancing across creative fields.