About

Contact
Email – zena@zenaoconnor.com.au
Telephone – +61 400 690 004

Zena is one of a handful of people with a PhD that investigated the interface between colour and human response. In 2006, Zena established Design Research Associates and the Colour Collective Sydney in 2017 – see website.

A designer by training, Zena is an evidence-based research and colour consultant. She provides insight, validation and colour strategies for design, the built environment, branding and advertising. In addition, Zena projects include colour/contrast strategies to improve environmental visual literacy for commercial, healthcare and aged care projects; colour design for the built environment; AI and data visualisation; branding, logo design, product and packaging design, and urban supergraphics.

Clients include Aevum Limited, Art Gallery of NSW, Arts Health Institute, Arvida Group (NZ), Auckland District Health Board, Auckland City Hospital, Bonds Coates Patons, Bupa (NZ), Deicke Richards Architects (Brisbane), Dept. of Public Works, Haugstad Møbel (Norway), Hexham Textiles, ING Communities, Juvenile Justice NSW, Klein Architects (Auckland), Lifemark Design NZ, Macquarie University, Museum of Contemporary Art, National Textiles, New Zealand Health Design Council, Norna AI (Sweden), North Sydney Council, Porter Novelli, Powerhouse Museum, Resene Paints, SBS Television, Speedo Swimwear, Sydney Design School, Taylor Fry, University of Sydney, University of NSW and numerous private clients.

Zena has published more than 50 peer-reviewed books, book chapters, academic articles and conference papers. Plus, she has delivered numerous seminars and public talks. You can check out the full list here or at Academia.edu profile (currently listed in the top 5%) and Zena’s Amazon.com author page.

Zena has developed and taught seven TEQSA-compliant university courses including:

  • Designing with Colour I and II – Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning, University of Sydney
  • Theories of Colour – Faculty of Art + Design, University of New South Wales

Zena is an individual member of the AIC (International Colour Association) since 2009, a member of the Design Institute of Australia (#13368), Foundation Member of the Art Gallery of New South Wales since 2001, and a long-term CAC member of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust.

In her free time, Zena is a content creator, cultivates her love affair with music and coffee, and dabbles in photography. Zena’s social media includes Instagram accounts:  @the.colour.collective  @cinema.palettes  @colour.design.palettes @2120music and Pinterest

Education
PhD – University of Sydney (Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning)
Master’s Degree in Design, University of Technology, Sydney
Bachelor of Business Degree (Major in Marketing), University of Technology, Sydney,
Graduate Diploma in Design, Sydney College of the Arts
Shillito Design School, Sydney.