Sara Duell – Designer based in New York.
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About & News

My work promotes radical and queer political imaginations by making use of design’s capability to quietly form the world around us. I do so by designing otherwise commonplace objects such as books, clothing, videos in a way that subverts the norm and creates room for alternative and numerous interpretations.

In the last few years, I have designed objects that recall an imagined future using readily available found materials. These objects include rubbings made with laser cut sandpaper that suggest fictional monuments, revolutionary banners sewn out of velvet curtains, and promotional materials for subversive feminist metal bands using low resolution stock images. These projects led me to my current inquiries into the production of myth and the power of the collective public. In my practice, I reveal how design informs what we believe to be true and how it visually reflects and preserves our time for future generations.

Recent collaborative news include the launch of the fifth issue of WMN, a lesbian art and poetry zine (awarded the 2023 Queens Art Fund grant) that I publish together with artists Jeanette Spicer and Florencia Alvarado ; and the publication of Grace Hans and my article about how designers can address power inequity for Eye on Design. I also had the pleasure of teaching the Communication Design Graduate students at Pratt Institute. I received my MFA in graphic design at Yale School of Art in 2024.

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