Dr Carolyn Barnes (PhD Melb 2004) is a Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Design at Swinburne University of Technology where she is involved in a range of research projects that integrate participatory processes into communication and service design. Her art writing focuses on artist-initiated activity and the legacy of modernist forms of practice such as abstraction, non-objectivity, concrete art and reductivism in recent Australian art. Carolyn is an assistant editor of the International Journal of Design and a member of the editorial boards of The Journal of Visual Arts Practice and visual:design:scholarship: Research Journal of the Australian Graphic Design Association. Craftsman House published her monograph on the Hong Kong-Australian artist John Young in 2005.