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Sara Duell
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bushwick

ARTIST STATEMENT: I use graphic design and drawing to create transformational, analytic and pleasurable spaces that address and engage with dominant, normative discourses and representations. My work is an intersection of art and graphic design and focuses on questions around visual literacy. I graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Design from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver and have since lived and worked in Stockholm and New York City.

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Principal Designer at Pallas Athena Studio
Owner and principal designer working with a diverse range of clients and projects including book design for the Aperture Foundation, designing websites for the criminal justice organization Council for State Governments Justice Center and branding for podcasts for the Omidyar Network.
Communication design studio. Brooklyn, NY . full-time since dec. 2016.

Senior Designer at NYC & Company
Leading role in the design team’s complete organization rebrand that included brand identity, publications, custom icons, photography that was awarded the 2016 HOW in-house design awards. Our redesign of the company’s 9000+ page website won the 2017 Webby for Best Travel Website.
Official marketing, tourism, and partnership organization for the City of New York. New York, NY . Full-time Aug. 2014–Dec. 2016.

Designer at Aperture Foundation
Designed books and exhibitions for and in direct collaboration with world famous photographers like Sally Mann, Josef Koudelka, Stephen Shore, and New York Times Photo Editor Kathy Ryan. Emily Lessard’s and my design of Martin Parr’s book Life’s a Beach won Design Observer’s prize for Best 50 Books of 2013.
Photography organization and publisher. New York, NY . Full-time Jul. 2012–Aug. 2014.

Designer at Jobbajobba Design
Worked independently and alongside the creative director in branding the community arts college Gerlesborgskolan and designing the graduating exhibition for the Master of Fine Arts class at Umeå Art School.
Communication design studio. Stockholm, Sweden. Full-time Mar. 2011–Apr. 2012.


Bachelor of Design from Emily Carr University of Art and Design
Communication Design. Vancouver B.C. Canada. Sept. 2006 – Apr. 2010.

Contemporary Cultural Theory and Political Philosophy at Södertörn University
Stockholm, Sweden. Part-time Feb.–Apr. 2012.

Estrid Ericson’s Foundation grant to attend the Vermont Studio Center Residency. 2018
Vermont Studio Center artist grant. 2018
Webby Award in the Travel Category, and Honorable Mention in the Mobile Design category for 2017
HOW Design in-house awards for the NYC&Company Rebrand. 2016
Design Observer’s 50 Covers 50 books for Life’s a Beach. 2013
Estrid Ericson’s Foundation grant to travel to New York. 2012
Applied Arts Student Award for the Emily Carr Graduation Catalogue. 2010

Artist residency at the Vermont Studio Center Residency. Johnson, VT. Nov. 2018.
Exhibited “We Will Win” (2015) at Deeply Personal Highly Social —an exhibition on the nature & purpose of flags.Spaceworks Gowanus. Brooklyn, NY . July 2018
Op-ed. Design Observer. “Women’s March on Washington: strong in numbers, but how about design?” Mar. 2017
Guest Lecturer at the Graduate Studio: Transformation Design at Pratt University. New York, USA . Oct. 2016

Design work featured in the New York Times, Fast&Co, It’s Nice That, and Creative Review.


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