Laura Coombs

Laura Coombs is a graphic designer and art director in New York, currently the Senior Graphic Designer at the New Museum of Contemporary Art and a Visiting Professor at Pratt Institute. She has lectured or served as a critic at design schools including the Yale School of Art, the Columbia GSAPP, Cooper Union, Parsons, the Pratt School of Design, and the Pratt School of Architecture. Her work has been awarded exhibition at the 28th International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno 2018.

In 2017, she graduated from the Yale School of Art with an MFA in Graphic Design, awarded the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship Prize for excellence in art. Her design clients at Yale included the Yale School of Architecture, the Yale School of Art, the Yale Dance Theater, and the Yale Graduate Literary & Arts Magazine.

Previously, she graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Architecture degree, and worked as an architectural and environmental designer in New York for clients including Herman Miller, Diller Scofido + Renfro, Zaha Hadid, Vito Acconci, and Pentagram, among others.


MFA, Yale School of Art
B.Arch, Cornell University


AIGA 50 Books | 50 Covers 2018, 2019.
Princeton Arts Fellowship, finalist, 2019.
Future Forward Award, Center for Book Arts, 2019.
28th International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno, 2018.
Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship Prize, Yale School of Art, 2017.


New Museum
Columbia Books on Architecture and the City
Pratt Institute
Yale University
Yale School of Art
Yale School of Architecture
With Projects, Inc.
Herman Miller
Associated Fabrication
Zaha Hadid Architects, Pentagram, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Studio Daniel Libeskind, Asymptote, Vito Acconci, CHANEL, Issey Miyake, more
Cornell University
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston


Visiting Instructor, Interactive Design, Pratt Institute, 2019.
Workshop: HYPERTEXT, with Matt Wolff
Workshop: i(mprovised)Phone, with Jessica Svendsen
New Museum Tour: “The Art Happens Here: Net Art’s Archival Poetics,” with Michael Connor, Artistic Director, Rhizome
Guest Lecture: Matt Wolff: What’s the Internet?
Guest Lecture: Bryce Wilner: Author as Designer
Guest Lecture: Mindy Seu
Guest Lecture: Carly Ayres
Guest Lecture: Mark Fingerhut
Guest Critics: Devin Washburn and Elliott Cost
Visiting Instructor, Senior Thesis, Pratt Institute, 2018.
Guest Critics: Sally Thurer, Crissy Fetcher, and Joel Evey
Visiting Instructor, Typography, Pratt Institute, 2018.
Guest Lecture: Ben Fehrman-Lee
Visiting Instructor, Design Methodologies, Pratt Institute, 2017.


Yale School of Art, Graphic Design I, with Julian Bittiner, 2019.
Columbia GSAPP Graphics Project, with Yoonjai Choi, 2018–2019.
Parsons, Exhibition Design, with Erik Freer, 2019.
Pratt School of Design, thesis reviews 2017–2019.
Yale School of Art, Interactive Design, with Matt Wolff, 2018.
Parsons, Motion Concepts, with Shira Inbar, 2018.
Cooper Union, Book Design, with Barbara Glauber, 2018.
Pratt School of Architecture, 2017–2018.
Yale School of Art, Interactive Design, with Eric Nylund, 2017.
Cooper Union, School of Architecture, 2017.
Yale School of Art, Graphic Design I, 2016.


Yale School of Art, 2019.
Typography Summer School Symposium, Pratt Institute, 2019.
New Museum, 2018.
Werkplaats Typografie at New Museum, 2018.
GAP, Inc., 2018.
Pratt Institute, 2017–2019.
Cooper Union, 2017.


Yale School of Art, Graduate Core Graphic Design with Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, 2017.
Yale School of Art, Digital Animation, 2016.


Art in America, April, 2019.
Nari Ward: We the People, New Museum, Phaidon, 2019.
The Art Happens Here: Net Art’s Archival Poetics, Rhizome, 2019.
Computers Arts Magazine, Game Changers in Graphic Design, 2019.
How We See: Photobooks by Women, 2018.
Nathaniel Mellors: Progressive Rocks, New Museum, 2018.
Yale School of Art Magazine, 2018.
With New Museum:
Garage, Issue 16, 2019.
Frieze, April, 2018.
Kaleidoscope, Autumn 2017.
Artforum, October 2017.
New York Magazine, September 2017.
Palimpsest VIII, 2017.
Retrospecta 40, 2017.
81.–1., 1.–81., 2017.
Appetitive Torque, 2017.
Yale Dance Theater Journal 4, 2017.
WYBC Yale Radio Journal, 2016.
Retrospecta 39, 2016.
Fragmented Gaze, 2016.
Yale Dance Theater Journal 3, 2016.
Dissheveled Geometries, 2015.
Interview Magazine, 2014.


New Museum Archive
Werkplaats Typografie Library
Harvard Library
Graphic Design Collection of the Moravian Gallery
New York Public Library
Yale University Library Haas Special Collections
Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art Permanent Collection
Cornell University Fine Arts Collection


Typography Summer School Symposium (as part of Multiple, Obsessed, and Meaningful: The Web of Contemporary Communications Design Practices), Pratt Institute, 2019.
28th International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno, 2018.
Daddy’s Books, Life Lessons, New York, 2018.
Odds and Ends, Yale University, 2017.
Beyond Advanced, Yale School of Art, 2017.
Appetitive Torque, TSA L.A., 2017.
Open Studios, Yale School of Art, 2017.
First Time, Yale School of Art, 2016.
Fragmented Gaze, TSA L.A., 2016.
Esoteric Rodeo, Yale School of Art, 2016.
Sweet Sixteen, Yale School of Art, 2016.
Open Studios, Yale School of Art, 2016.
The Gates Are Open, Yale School of Art, 2015.


AIGA, 2019.
It’s Nice That, 2019.
BACK Catalogue, 2019.
Computers Arts Magazine, 2019.
Grafik Feed, 2019.
It’s Nice That, 2018.
Leben Liebe Grafik, 2018.
Books from the Future, 2018.
28th International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno, 2018.
It’s Nice That, 2017.
Brutalist Websites, 2017.
Internet Explorers, 2017.
Sucker Punch, 2016.
Project No. 8, 2014.