Laura Coombs is a graphic designer and creative director in New York, and a Lecturer at Princeton. She is also the head of design for New Museum.

Coombs maintains an independent design and teaching practice. She has lectured and served as a critic at design schools including the Yale School of Art, Princeton, Columbia GSAPP, Cooper Union, Werkplaats Typografie, Sci-Arc, and the Yale School of Architecture. Her work has been recognized by the AIGA, ADC, TDC, Tokyo TDC, and the Yale School of Art.

In 2017, she graduated from the Yale School of Art with an MFA in Graphic Design. Previously, she graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Architecture degree, and worked as an architect in New York for clients including Herman Miller, Diller Scofido + Renfro, Zaha Hadid, Vito Acconci, and Pentagram, among others.

On January 1, 2020, Coombs formed CSS, Inc.—a collaborative strategic entity—with Laurel Schwulst and Mindy Seu. CSS consults for corporations and institutions, and maintains its own internal collaborative research practice within areas of interest including the web, gifts, citation, and publishing.


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


New Museum
Columbia Books on Architecture and the City
Kunsthall Stavanger
Lisson Gallery
47 Canal
The Clark
New Inc
Herman Miller
With Projects, Inc.
Princeton University
Yale School of Art
Yale School of Architecture
Pratt Institute
Associated Fabrication
Cornell University
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston


AIGA 50 Books | 50 Covers, 2020.
ADC 99th Annual Awards, 2020.
TDC 66, 2020.
Tokyo TDC Annual Awards, 2020.
AIGA 50 Books | 50 Covers, 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.


Lecturer, Princeton, 2019–2021.
Visiting Professor, Pratt Institute, 2017–2021.


UPENN, 2021.
Otis College of Art and Design, 2021.
Columbia GSAPP, Advanced Architectural Design, 2021.
Material Fictions, Strelka Institute, 2020.
Book as Material Object, Columbia GSAPP Graphics Project, 2020.
Yale School of Art (with Sheila Levrant de Bretteville), 2020.
Rutgers, 2020.
Parsons, 2020.
CCA, 2020.
Princeton University, 2019.
Southland Institute at ArtCenter HMCT, 2019.
USC Roski School / April Greiman, 2019.
MICA, 2019.
Yale School of Art at New Museum, 2019.
SUNY Purchase, 2019.
Yale School of Art, 2019.
Typography Summer School Symposium, 2019.
Werkplaats Typografie at New Museum, 2018.
GAP, Inc., 2018.
Pratt Institute, 2018.
Cooper Union, 2017.


Interview, Otis College of Art and Design, 2021.
more*, Southland Institute, 2020.
Columbia GSAPP Graphics Project, 2018–2020.
MICA Graphic Design MFA Workshop, 2020.
MICA Graphic Design MFA Workshop, 2019.
HYPERTEXT, Pratt Institute, 2019.


Yale School of Architecture, 2020.
Sci-Arc, 2020.
Princeton, 2019–2020.
Columbia GSAPP Graphics Project, 2018–2019.
Yale School of Art, 2016–2019.
Pratt Institute, 2017–2020.
Parsons, 2018–2019.
Pratt School of Architecture, 2017–2018.
Cooper Union, 2017–2018.


IDEA No.391, Alternative Reality, 2020.
Communication Arts Design Annual 61, 2020.
Occasional Papers, One and many mirrors: perspectives on graphic design education, 2020.
Computers Arts Magazine, Game Changers in Graphic Design, 2019.


Yale Art Gallery
Southland Institute Library
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




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