Author: Louise Moana Kolff (PhD)

I have always been curious about the way in which graphic design, photography, art and media portrayals influence and are influenced by society, politics, religion and history. I hold a doctorate in graphic design culture from the University of New South Wales in Sydney. I am particularly interested in instances where visual culture is deemed controversial or culturally sensitive. In other words, the dichotomy between what is acceptable and not acceptable to visualise. My PhD thesis focused on the notion of taboo in relation to Australian HIV/AIDS prevention campaigns. I am currently teaching courses on information graphics and on graphics in contemporary society at UNSW. I grew up in Denmark and New Zealand, studied graphic design in London and Amsterdam, before starting my doctorate in Sydney. I currently live in Northern New South Wales, Australia.