From Shadow: a practice-led design research on academic anxiety


  • Kiarna Michie
  • Marcos Mortensen Steagall



Design, Practice-led, Practice-led research, From Shadows


This research utilises auto ethnographic and phenomenological research methods to investigate, design and illustrate the ways that academic anxiety manifests in the human experience. Where the journal is used to distil a subjective account into lucid themes that provides form and character to something as complex and multifaceted as Anxiety caused by academic stress in a year of COVID-19. A question posited at the centre of this research is to discover, how might collage illustration techniques in the form of thematic cards, might be able to communicate, reflect and provoke an emotional resonance and self-awareness regarding the protean nature of anxiety. From Shadows is the resultant design artifact produced from this research.

Portuguese translation: Marcos Mortensen Steagall.


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Author Biographies

Kiarna Michie

Estudante de Mestrado em Design com bacharelado tendo por foco Design de Comunicação, ambas na Universidade de Tecnologia de Auckland, Nova Zelandia. Ao longo de sua graduação, ela desenvolveu habilidades em imagem em movimento e tem experiência de trabalho em projetos de pesquisa que envolvem narrativa criativa, ilustração, colagem e vivência.

Marcos Mortensen Steagall

professor e coordenador do Curso de Design da Auckland University of Technology (AUT) - South Campus. Possui ampla experiência no conhecimento, desenvolvimento e implementação de currículos educacionais, liderando os esforços de equipes acadêmicas. Mestre e Doutor em Comunicação e Semiótica. Em 2015, mudou-se para Aotearoa, Nova Zelândia, para realizar pesquisa conduzidas por prática artística, que resultou em novo doutorado defendido em 2018 na própria AUT.


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How to Cite

Michie, K., & Mortensen Steagall, M. (2021). From Shadow: a practice-led design research on academic anxiety. DAT Journal, 6(1), 339–354.