Gail Swanlund

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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."[1] Swanlund was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota in 1963.[2] She lives and works in Los Angeles, moving within a community of graphic designers making "literate, intelligent work"[3] such as Anne Burdick, Denise Gonzales Crisp, Jens Gehlhaar, Geoff Kaplan, Geoff McFetridge, Louise Sandhaus, Alexei Tylevich and Michael Worthington.[3]

Swanlund has contributed to the influential experimental graphic design magazine Emigre as both writer and designer.[4] Her work is part of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) permanent collection.[5]

She is currently a full-time faculty member and former co-director of the design program at CalArts.[1]

Swanlund sits on the board of DesignInquiry,[6] 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.


  1. ^ a b "CalArts Faculty/Staff Directory,Gail Swanlund". Cal Arts. Retrieved 19 April 2014. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "ArtFacts profile for Gail Swanlund". Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Coupland, Ken. "West coast latitudes". Eye Magazine. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Emigre 28 "Broadcast" (1993)". Emigre. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "SF MOMA, Works by Gail Swanlund". SF MOMA. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "DesignInquiry Participants". DesignInquiry. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 

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