SARA DUELL – DESIGN & WRITING

I works at the intersection of art and design, researching the possibility of societal transformation through pleasure. Working within a feminist, queer framework, I uses craft and typography to toy with limiting binaries that inform normative discourse to create transformative and delightful spaces. 

Recently I launched the fourth issue of WMN, a lesbian art and poetry zine with Jeanette Spicer and Florencia Alvarado (the publication was awarded the 2021 Queens Art Fund grant);  published an article on Eye on Design on how designers can address power inequity together with Grace Han; and have been teaching Communication Design Graduate students at Pratt Insitute.  Currently, I am pushing ideas of what we recognize as good and useful in a series called “Over the Rainbow.” Where I explore the saturated use of the pride flag, through the work, I look at color and decoration as historical tools for othering and flags and flagging as historical tools for unification.

Dies Irae – Day of Wrath, 2021
Surviving Only Better, 2021

SELECTED WRITINGS

“How Can Designers Address Power Inequity? Start Small and Focus on the Local: A look at the community-oriented practices of Bastion Agency, Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Nat Pyper, and Suzy Chan”AIGA Eye On Design. March 8, 2021

“Black Lesbian Archives: An interview with Krü Maekdo” WMN. Sept 20, 2020

“Design feminista como método, não como estética” Revista Zum (the semi-annual photography magazine by the Moreira Salles Institute in Brazil). Translated by Daniele Queiroz. Sept 18, 2020

“Lesbian Invisibility in Art History: An interview with art historian Ksenia M. Soboleva” WMN. Aug 2, 2020 

“Design Spotlight: Feminist Design as a Method, Not Aesthetics” Photobook Review #017, Fall 2019

“Women’s March on Washington: strong in number, but how about design?” Design Observer. March 8, 2017

ACCOLADES

Queens Art Fund 2021

Helge Ax:son Johnson’s Stipend 2020

Lucie Photo Book Prize finalist for Matthew Porter: The Heights. 2019

Vermont Studio Center artist grant. 2018

Estrid Ericson’s Stipend. 2018, 2012

Webby Award in the Travel Category, and Honorable Mention in the Mobile Design category for nycgo.com. 2017

HOW Design in-house awards for the NYC&Company Rebrand. 2016

PDN Photo Annual winner Photo Book Category for Larry Towell’s Afghanistan. 2015

Design Observer’s 50 Covers
50 books
 for Martin Parr’s Life’s a Beach. 2013

CREDITS

Typefaces
Messer by Inga Plönnigs

SELECTED PROJECTS

Art Direction
Civilian Crisis Response—A Toolkit for Equitable Alternatives to Police
Photography by Tina Russell and Justin Katigbak
Vera Institute of Justice. Apr 2022.

Art Direction
[It’s] a Torture Chamber—Stories from Rikers Island
Photography by Reece T. Williams.
Vera Institute of Justice. Feb 2022.

Creative and Art Direction
Sixty Years of Fighting for Justice.
Vera 2021 Annual Report

Illustrations by Jasjyot Singh Hans and Mike Centeno. Photography by Jeanette Spicer and Anjali Pinto.
Vera Institute of Justice. Nov 2021.

Art Direction
ICE’s Deadly Practice of Abandoning Immigrants with Disabilities and Mental Illnesses on the Street
Illustrations by Michelle Garcia.
Vera Institute of Justice. Sept 2021.

Design
Kira Josefsson—Writer, Translator, Editor
Personal Website
Collaborator: Sasha Plotnikova

Design
Jeanette Spicer—Photographer
Personal Website

Design
Madeline Leung Coleman—Writer and Editor
Personal Website

See more projects in the project archive