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



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 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


The Spruce Art Resicency  Fall 2021

Vermont Studio Center Nov 2018 


“Wmn Zine: What It Means To Be A ‘Rural Lesbian’”
Lauren Parker. Dec 2019

—“Pencil Sharpener: Print’s New Home For Rural Lesbians”
Stefanie Ucci. Oct 2019

Autostraddle—“Insta Crush: WMN Zine Wants To Hear From Rural Dykes ASAP!”
Vanessa Friedman. Aug 2019

NYC Creative Salon - Identity Clayton Skidmore. May 2018

It’s Nice That—New York City tourism agency rebranded with custom typefaces and hundreds of icons Jenny Brewer June 2016

Communication Arts NYCgo travel posters 2014

The New York Times—Las Vegas? Paris? This Tourism Push Asks New Yorkers to Think Closer to Home Patrick McGeehan Oct 2014 (See Your City) 

Waltz Books—Life’s a Beach Book review Mary Goodwin Aug 2013


Typefaces used:
Ovo by Nicole Fally
Montserrat by Julieta Ulanovsky
* “Resistance lies in self-conscious engagements with dominant, normative discourses and representations and the active creation of oppositional, analytic and cultural spaces.” bell hooks. Teaching to transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom. New York: Routledge, 1994. p.22.

*“It has expanded for me over the years as I have come to believe that facts, guilt and shame are limited motivations for creating change, even though those are the primary forces we use in our organizing work. I suspect that to really transform our society, we will need to make justice one of the most pleasurable experiences we can have” Adrienne Maree Brown. Emergent Strategy. Chico, CA: AK Press, 2017. p. 33.