Barbara Predan received a Bachelor's degree in industrial design, and then a master's degree in the theory and development of design at the Department of Design at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana. In 2012, she received her doctoral degree from the Scientific Research Centre of the Slovene Academy of Sciences and Arts and the University of Nova Gorica.Predan is the co-author of the books Back to Design: An Anthological Survey of the Theory of Design in Slovenia (Litera and Pekinpah, 2007; in the Slovenian language) and Sustainable Alternatives in Design: It's High Time We Start Losing Time (Museum of Architecture and Design and Pekinpah, 2009). She is the co-author of the books and exhibitions Iskra: Non-Aligned Design 1946-1990 (Museum of Architecture and Design and Pekinpah, 2009; Museum of Yugoslav History, 2013) and Niko Kralj: The Unknown Famous Designer (Museum of Architecture and Design, 2011; Architekturzentrum Vienna, 2012); is the author of the exhibition Gorenje with Vision (Gorenje and Velenje Gallery 2012); and is the co-author of the exhibition Past Future Perfect (SKICA in Osterreichisches Museum fur Volkskunde, Vienna, 2014-15). Since 2010, with Petra Cerne Oven, she has been co-editing Zbirka 42, a series of books on design, under the auspices of the Pekinpah Association. She has also participated as author or editor in the following four volumes: Service and Information Design: Examples of Good Practice (2010), The Utopian Seminar (2011), Designing an Agenda, or, How to Avoid Solving Problems That Aren't (2013) and The Public Sector: Agent of Progress? (2015).
In 2013, she and Petra Cerne Oven also published "An Analysis of the Digital Presence of the Republic of Slovenia According to the Parameters of Visual Communications and Understanding the Service Culture for the Requirements of eAdministration2" (in Slovene only). The analysis was conducted at the behest of the Slovene Ministry of the Interior.Predan has published professional and scholarly articles in Design Issues, Design Principles and Practices, CKZ, 2+3D, Oris and Piranesi, among others. In 2014, she and Petra Cerne Oven were invited to contribute a text to the Gower Handbook of Information Design (Gower Publishing, London 2015). Predan is a co-founder and leader of the department of design theory at the Pekinpah Association, and, since 2014, the director of the Institute of Design, a scientific research organization. Under the auspices of various institutions and events in Slovenia, Cerne Oven and Predan have hosted over thirty world-renowned experts in the field of design. She regularly lectures at international academic and professional conferences, and, with Cerne Oven, leads a number of Slovenian and international workshops in the field of service and information design.