Sara Duell portfolio

WMN - Show Me What You Got, book designSara DuellWMN - Show Me What You Got, book designWMN Issue 2 ‘Show Me What You Got’ is a global representation of older generations lesbians who make visual art and/or poetry. WMN believes in representing sectors of the lesbian community that are not given as many platforms to publish their artwork. We feel that those who paved the way for our community deserve a platform and a space to showcase their work which can represent creations from the past, or the present. We are so grateful and indebted to our elders across the world, who paved the way for our rights and freedom as they stand today and want to give back to this incredible community by creating a supportive space to present their work, lives and experience.
DYKE handkerchief Sara DuellDYKE handkerchief A handkercheif cusotm made for WMN, as an homage to lesbian cruising culture where each color signals sexual preference.  Hankies available to order at wmnzine.com
WMN - Seasons of a Dyke, book designSara DuellWMN - Seasons of a Dyke, book designOur first issue of WMN: Seasons of a Dyke is a compilation of visual art and poetry by 24 artists of varying ages who identify as lesbian. All artists reside in 13 different states within rural areas of the United States or cities with a population of 800,000 or less. The works give a generous and intimate window into each artist’s experience working and existing in those rural landscapes, as a lesbian. The artists’ pieces span the furthest ends of the United States—and the spaces in between—and yet, what we see is an overview of surprisingly interrelated pieces, speaking to one another uniquely and unexpectedly with themes of resilience, vulnerability,  and desire.   It was important for us to create a platform for dykes living in non-metropolitan areas to call attention to those working on the outskirts in the vast landscapes, small cabins, and on farms who create outside larger cities where the LGBTQ+ community tends to gravitate. The breadth of the works represents a substantial amount of experiences and intimacies, which cumulatively represent how different, yet undeniably human, we all are. By bringing visibility to those often cast to the side, Seasons of a Dyke contributes to a broader definition of what it means to be a lesbian artist.
The Photobook Review, newsprint designSara DuellThe Photobook Review, newsprint designAperture’s biannual newsprint of all things photo book related. 
It Was Over When You Said What, book designSara DuellIt Was Over When You Said What, book designAn intimate break-up anthology, printed on a risograph with broad dynamic brushstrokes to indicate the end and beginning of a text (red stroke indicated beginning and blue strokes end – referring to anatomy illustrations of blood bringing oxygen in and out of the body).
The Heights, book designSara DuellThe Heights, book designAn Aperture book of Matthew Porter’s portfolio of images of vintage muscle cars captured in mid-aid, which I designed to focus on the landscape and poetic elements of the photographs rather than on the novelty of the flying cars. In addition to the design I also made the custom hand-lettering and typesetting for the cover as well as the title for Rachel Kushner’s essay accompanying the  photographs.
The Heights, book design Sara DuellThe Heights, book design An Aperture book of Matthew Porter’s portfolio of images of vintage muscle cars captured in mid-aid, which I designed to focus on the landscape and poetic elements of the photographs rather than on the novelty of the flying cars. In addition to the design I also made the custom hand-lettering and typesetting for the cover as well as the title for Rachel Kushner’s essay accompanying the  photographs.
Life’s a Beach, book designSara DuellLife’s a Beach, book designAperture trade-edition photo book of Martin Parr’s beach photos paired with vintage fabrics. For the accompanying exhibition opening there were a limited number of custom towels made. Winner of the 2013 Design Observers 50 Covers | 50 books.
Sara Duell
Stockholm
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Sara Duell

I work at the intersection of art and graphic design, with a focus on visual literacy and social justice. Working within a feminist, antiracist framework, I use design to disrupt normative discourses and create transformative, pleasurable spaces. I also write about the hidden politics of visual language. I have a bachelor degree in design from Emily Carr University of Art and Design (Vancouver, Canada) and split my time between New York City and Stockholm. 

Since 2016 I have split my practice between freelance projects (such as photobook designs for Aperture Foundation and a feminist anthology of breakups for Topos Press) and my research and arts practice (including a residency at the Vermont Studio Center and publishing an op-ed in Design Observer). Prior to that I was Senior Designer at the official tourism and partnership organization of New York, where I had a leading role in the company and website rebrand which was awarded a Webby award and the HOW in-house design award in 2017.