Gail Swanlund (born 1963) is a contemporary graphic designer and writer who describes her work as living "at the intersection of real world practice of graphic design and design as art form, with a deep respect for natural and supernatural systems." Swanlund was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota in 1963. She lives and works in Los Angeles, moving within a community of graphic designers making "literate, intelligent work" such as Anne Burdick, Denise Gonzales Crisp, Jens Gehlhaar, Geoff Kaplan, Geoff McFetridge, Louise Sandhaus, Alexei Tylevich and Michael Worthington.
Swanlund has contributed to the influential experimental graphic design magazine Emigre as both writer and designer. Her work is part of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) permanent collection.
Swanlund sits on the board of DesignInquiry, a non-profit educational organization devoted to researching design issues in intensive team-based gatherings.
Her personal website contains current work and events as well as a vault of past work including Snowflake and Emigre.
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