Hello, I'm Anna Andersen.

I’m a content designer based in Austin, Texas.

 

I grew up in San Diego, California. After graduating from UCLA with a bachelor’s in communication studies, I moved to Reykjavik, Iceland, where I completed a master’s in journalism and edited Iceland’s leading English-language magazine for many years.

 

I’m a lifelong learner who seeks out adventure. I’ve lived in seven cities and traveled widely—from tiny, remote towns in Greenland to the most populous cities in China—and those experiences have broadened my worldview and shaped my perspective.

 

Upon returning to the States, I grew increasingly interested in UX design, took an immersive course through The University of Texas at Austin, read a bunch of books, and haven’t been able to look at doors the same way.

 

Interested in chatting? Drop me a line.

I’m naturally curious and interested in other people.

As a journalist in the past, I got to interview countless people, including presidents, politicians, professors, artists, musicians, fashion bloggers, farmers, business owners, entrepreneurs, activists, and your person on the street.

 

My natural curiosity and ability to empathize with all kinds of people is useful in not only journalism, but also UX writing and design. After all, you can’t design for a user you don’t understand.

I thrive in fast-paced, creative environments.

I was formerly the managing editor of a magazine called The Reykjavik Grapevine, and I spent a lot of time in that position thinking about how to engage our diverse group of readers—or users, if you will.

 

I sent close to 60 issues to the printer. For each issue, it was my job to assign articles, receive pitches, edit all content, assign accompanying photography and art, plan the layout, brainstorm cover ideas, and work with a designer to put it all together.

 

It was a challenging, yet rewarding job. I think there are few things more fulfilling than working hard alongside creative people to make something of value for others to enjoy.

I’m also an Icelandic-to-English translator.

Icelandic is my first language. I didn’t speak English until I started preschool and discovered that the kids in Cleveland, Ohio, couldn’t understand me.

 

Through the years, I’ve worked on a wide variety of translation projects, including for the Iceland Design Center, HA design magazine, The Federation of Icelandic Landscape Architects, The Reykjavik City Library, and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

 

I don’t do much translating these days, but if you happen to be looking for an Icelandic-to-English translator, contact me.

I once knitted a sweater.

Before leaving Iceland, I spent a semester at Hússtjórnarskólin, a home economics school dating back to the 1940s with a curriculum of knitting, weaving, sewing, cooking, cleaning, crochet, and embroidery.

 

Among my biggest accomplishments: I knitted a wool sweater, sewed a dress, wove the throw on my sofa, and survived the making of slátur, which involves sewing slippery sheep stomach lining into pouches and stuffing said pouches with a mixture of sheep blood, flour, and suet.

 

Sorry, I can’t knit you a sweater! But feel free to be in touch and ask for my resume.