Dr Adriana Ionascu studied fine art in Europe (Jassy) with particular emphasis on drawing, and design at Loughborough University School of Art and Design. Her Ph.D. thesis (‘Poetic design’) focuses on the cultural significance of domestic artefacts. Her research focuses on DesignArt and critical design, especially the social role of design in modelling experiences of modern life, and design as a network of events, objects and histories. She is interested in the lyrical, narrative-based drawing practices of Eastern Europe and the role of drawing in design practice. She has contributed articles to journals such as Ceramics: Arts and Perception and presented papers to Design History Society International conferences at Koniklijke Vlaamse Academie Brussels, Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Delft University of Technology, Chalmers University Gothenburg and Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis. She has guest-edited for Visual Inquiry. She exhibits her work in England, Ireland and abroad and is a member of the Research Institute at Ulster University (Creative Environments Cluster), the Crafts Council of Ireland and AAH. She currently lectures at Ulster University, Northern Ireland.