Hello, I’m Alexshe/they, a Chicago-based graphic designer with a multifaceted practice.

For me, design is a process of discovery. I believe the most compelling ideas emerge from exploration, collaborative conversation, and shared vision. With insight and intention behind every detail, I craft expressive design.

My focus is editorial design, visual identities, branding projects, and imagery, implemented in print, digital, and built spaces. In a decade+, I’ve partnered with clients ranging from cultural institutions and programs, to growing businesses, to independent professionals. Currently, I also lead the publishing imprint of a contemporary art gallery.

I’m drawn to projects that engage and inspire by telling meaningful stories and amplifying creative voices. I constantly investigate story as a multimodal experience that opens eyes and fosters connections.

With an MFA in Visual Communication Design from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and BA in English literature from the University of Chicago

My self-initiated projects explore intersections of design and poetry through comics.

tenderly, is the moniker of my self-publishing practice. Using poetic and iterative text and image, visual structures of comics, and conceptually driven forms, I interrogate the lines between perceiving, imagining, and conjuring.

Perched between the figurative and abstract, my work is an intuitive experience for readers. It gestures toward the unknown parts and possibilities of the self, and complicates our understanding of how we relate with others and interact with an equally mysterious reality. Like a knot, it resists total unravelling, and readers may find multiple avenues toward interpretation.

My work has been in such fairs as the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, LA Art Book Fair, and Chicago Art Book Fair, and is collected in the Joan Flasch Artist’s Book Collection, zine and comics collections at the University of Chicago, MassArt, and MICA, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, among others.
My teaching centers conceptual work, visual narrative, and the role of storytelling in design.

I teach courses on design fundamentals and visual narrative at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. This fall, I’m also teaching at Flashpoint and at Spudnik Press, a community printmaking studio.

In my classes, I often emphasize narrative aspects of design and design thinking; varied modes of research, experimentation, and critical thinking as paths to new ideas; and iterating on visual elements, configurations, and structures to explore the ways an audience perceives and interacts with design.

My areas of interest include creativity through constraints, the poetics of design, and the special relationship of materiality, form, and content in artist’s books. I’m fascinated, too, by immersive narratives and participatory reading experiences.

I’m happy to lead workshops or give talks. Write me and share your ideas.

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For all inquiries and opportunities, please tell me a bit about yourself and what you have in mind, including a rough timeline if there is one.

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Branding & Identity
Website Design
Information Structure
Placemaking & Signage

Atlanta University Center-wide Symphony Orchestra
Clark Atlanta University Art Museum
Flaten Art Museum
Zuckerman Museum of Art
Iceberg Projects
Filter Photo Festival
Third Coast International Festival
Varca, a Bridal Atelier
Chicago Tribune