ABOUT LAURIE

Laurie Szujewska (shoe yév skä) is a printmaker, typographer, and graphic designer. She currently is making prints on a letterpress concerning shapes and color.

She once worked in the printing trades and lived and played in NYC with the band members of The Chairs while creating graphics for the performing arts venue Roulette during its early years. After completing her MFA in graphic design from the Yale School of Art she moved west to California and worked as a designer and art director at Adobe Systems where she created many awarding-winning graphics and the typeface Giddyup. Abandoning computers she now makes prints using obsolete technology and often teaches at Reed College and UC Davis.

Her prints and graphic work have been exhibited in various venues in Europe and the United States and are included in many Artist Book Collections at universities, libraries, and private collections. 

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

Ensatina Press, artist and printer · 2005 to present

shoe yév skä design, principal · 1995 to 2005  Owner/designer/typographer: Designed graphic work including annual report, book, direct mail, exhibit, logo, and publication design. Clients include AAA, Adobe Systems, Chronicle Books, Friends of Calligraphy, Greenwood Press, Los Altos Museum, McGraw Hill, Shedd Aquarium Chicago, 3M, and others.

Adobe Systems Incorporated, Art Director · 1989-94 · Designed and art directed 16 award-winning books for Adobe Originals typefaces. Designed, managed, and produced marketing materials for the Adobe Type Library. Designer of the 1993 annual report and the typeface Giddyup.

Adobe Systems Incorporated, Designer · 1987-1989 · Designer of Colophon, a magazine which showcased state of the art computer design and printing using Adobe software.

Center for Book Arts New York City, Artist · 1980-87 · Created and printed letterpress artworks.

Fred Weidner & Son Printers, New York City, Designer/Production Manager · 1980-1985: Designed newsletters, brochures, and books; managed and directed the production of a full range of printed matter including sheet-fed and web-offset printing, silkscreening, engraving, embossing, die-cutting, letterpress and book manufacturing.

 

TEACHING

University of California, Davis, Lecturer, Winter Quarter 2014 on going through Spring 2018

Reed College, Guest Lecturer, Spring 2014

Reed College, Guest Lecturer, Spring 2012

San Francisco Art Institute Guest Lecturer, Winter

2006 Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Adjunct Faculty, Winter/Spring 1997

California College of Arts and Crafts Instructor, Fall 1993

Center for Creative Imaging, Camden, Maine Guest Lecturer, 1992

Kent State University Guest Lecturer, 1991

Ball State University College of Fine Arts Guest Lecturer, 1988

 

PUBLICATIONS

Digital Wood at 25,  The Daily Heller, Steve Heller, Print Magazine, September 17, 2015. 

G:colon Korean Design Culture Magazine, Vol. 65, August 2012. Idea Map. Laurie's work included in article about your mind when working.

Letterpress Selected Designs from San Francisco and New York, edited by Miki Usui, US edition 2010; Japan, 2011. Ensatina Press is included in a survey of letterpress work from New York and San Francisco selected and edited by Miki Usui, and called simply, Letterpress.

The Education of a Typographeressays edited by Steve Heller, Just Looking, by Laurie Szujewska, Allworth Press, New York, 2004.

At Work with Jack, poem read by the author, Laurie Szujewska, at an Evening with Jack Stauffacher, in celebration of Jack and The Greenwood Press, sponsored by the San Francisco chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts and held at WaterMark Graphics, San Francisco, 15 May 2002. Published and printed by Jack Stauffacher, Greenwood Press, San Francisco, December 2002, 75 copies.

Ampersand, Quarterly Journal of the Pacific Center for the Book Arts, Broadside/Laurie Szujewska, Vol. 24, No. 4, Summer 2007, San Francisco, CA.

 

REVIEWS

A literary bride to Baghdad, Al-Mutanabbi Streets Starts Here, The Economist

Karmic Type Patterns, Imprint, The Daily Heller, interview with Steve Heller, September 2, 2011

Ampersand, The Quarterly Journal of the Pacific Center for the Book Arts, Broadside and Exhibition Review: Effects of War: Altered Lives, Altered Books, Summer 2007, Volume 24, Number 4, 2007.

Calligraphic Type Design in the Digital Age: An Exhibition in Honor of the Contributions of Hermann and Gudrun Zapf, edited by John Prestianni, Ginko Press, 2001, reviewed by David Pankow in Letter Arts Review, Volume 18, Number 1, 2003.

Online Design, Putting the Best Face Foreward, Anne Telford, February 1993, San Francisco, CA.

Communication Arts, May/June 1993, Laurie Szujewska, Anne Telford, Coyne & Blanchard Inc., Palo Alto, CA.

Visible Language, Volume 25, Number 2/3, Spring 1991, The Artist’s Book: The Text and Its Rivals, “The ‘Non’ Book: New Dimensions in Contemporary Book Art,” Jessica Prinz.

ID Magazine, The Book Transformed, January/February 1985.

American Book Collector, Review of Center for Book Arts 10th Anniversary Exhibition, January/February 1985.

The First Decade: Center for Book Arts, An Exhibition at the New York Public Library, September 7–November 29, 1984, illustrated catalogue raisonne with an introduction by Francis O. Mattson.