Sarah Boris

Sarah Boris

Creative Director & Owner, Sarah BorisUnited Kingdom
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Sarah Boris

Sarah Boris

Creative Director & Owner, Sarah BorisUnited Kingdom
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Sarah Boris is an award winning graphic designer, art director and artist based in London running her design practise. She was Associate Art Director at Phaidon Press until February 2015. Some of her key projects include the redesign of the ICA's identity (unveiled in 2009 and still in use today) and the design of books for artists such as Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, JR and Noémie Goudal. Sarah was a judge foreman for D&AD Awards 2016, Book Design category and judge for YCN Professional Awards 2014 and for the Best British Design and Production Awards 2014. She has worked since 2005 for organisations such as The Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Photographers' Gallery, Barbican Centre, Tate, the Architecture Foundation, Triangle Network, Gasworks, Hotshoe International, Max Wigram Gallery, Visiting Arts, Fedrigoni and the Royal Philharmonic Society amongst others. She also worked closely with many established and emerging artists over the years such as Noémie Goudal, Simon Tegala, Will Holder, Sion Parkinson, Lis Rhodes, JocJonJosch. Some of the books she has designed are now part of collections such as SPBH (Self Publish Be Happy) or the Tate and V&A artist book collection. She was an Associate Lecturer and mentor at LCC, University of the Arts, London, She also previously taught graphic design to A level students at SFX in Clapham South and was studio curator at the CASS University alongside Angharad Lewis (editor of in 2015-2016 with a focus on publishing. Her designs have been featured in books and magazines such as Types We Can Make, Swiss typography, ECAL; Common Interest: Documents. Design for a Good Cause, Index books; 10 years of Ideas that Matter, Sappi, Business Cards 3: Designs on Saying Hello, by Michael Dorrian and Liz Farrelly, The Graphic Eye: Photographs by Graphic, Designers from Around the Globe, by Stefan Bucher and Natalia Ilyin, Bastardised, Made in Bunch, Shout Awards book 2007, Robert Horne, Grafik, idPure, Swiss magazine of Graphic design and Design Week and online in typography and design websites such as Stereohype. Sarah’s work has been exhibited internationally (UK, France, Spain, Ukraine, Moscow, USA) and at the London Illustration Fair and at Pick Me Up, Somerset House London. Her first solo show was held in Le Havre as part of the Graphic Design Festival 'Une Saison Graphique' in 2015 in which major design studios exhibit. In 2012, she was awarded the Creative Future Investment Fund for artists by Creative Scotland. She completed an artist residency in Scotland in August 2012, which culminated in her works being exhibited in DCA, Dundee Contemporary Arts. Her screenprints have been on show at Nelly Duff gallery since 2010. She was awarded an Artist Residency at East London Printmakers from October to December 2013 and a Project Keyholder residency in 2014 where she developed two bodies of screenprinted works. Sarah Boris studied at Olivier de Serres and Estienne, School of Art in Paris and graduated in 2004 from an MA in Graphic Design at LCC, University of the Arts London.
  • Fragile UK
    Fragile UKIn 2015, I made this artwork to convey my feelings about the UK's identity in changing times, especially in the face of university fees tripling at the time, the looming Brexit referendum and the defunding of the NHS. The piece responds to the dismantling of the identity of a country in the face of reducing access to education, to health and removing freedom of movement. It was since exhibited at the Design Museum in London as part of Hope to Nope exhibition in 2018. It was also featured in Elep
  • Stay Home Limited Edition Print
    Stay Home Limited Edition PrintMy contribution to 19 Artists versus Covid 19, a project to raise funds for the NHS. - An edition of 75, A1 posters printed by PUSH Print on Fedrigoni Paper paper. My artwork was printed in Pantone gold, neon 811C and 812C. - Sold £19 each with all profits going directly to @NHSCharities - You can buy a poster here:
  • Touch Wood Book Design
    Touch Wood Book DesignTOUCH WOOD is an exhibition curated by Thomas Danthony and Clare Mabin, featuring original art by more than 50 internationally celebrated artists, aiming to raise money to protect threatened habitats, restore tropical forests and reduce our carbon footprint. All proceeds will be donated to the World Land Trust, patroned by Sir David Attenborough. I'm delighted to announce that I designed the accompanying book 'Touch Wood'. I also wrote the introduction which is not something I often do although
  • IDEA - A2 Limited edition print commissioned by Corners in Seoul
    IDEA - A2 Limited edition print commissioned by Corners in SeoulI was delighted to be invited to design an artwork by the wonderful studio Corners in Seoul who are master Riso printers as well as also being skilled designers. They invited designers and artists from around the world to each contribute one artwork that is then printed as an edition of 50. All the artworks will be visible at an exhibition called 'Ink Village' in Nancy, France opening on 5 September at Galerie My Monkey. More information can be found here:
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    Get career advice from It’s Nice That, Dazed, D&AD, Rankin & moreLooking for career advice? Excitingly 30+ incredible experts from across the creative industries have generously agreed to help answer your burning career-related questions. So, if you have a career question (examples below) that you’d love the best in the business to help with, just post it here on our Asks hub! Our ‘Asks experts’ include: Priya Matadeen - General Manager, Commercial, Dazed Holly Tucker - Founder, Holly & Co Alex Bec - Co-founder, It's Nice That Gemma Greaves - Chief Executive
  • Man-Made Disaster: Patriarchy & The Planet
    Man-Made Disaster: Patriarchy & The Planet25 APRIL 2019, 10AM – 8PM PROTEIN STUDIOS LONDON
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Work history
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    Design Director & OwnerSarah Boris
    London, United KingdomFull Time
    Graphic Design, Art and Creative Direction Branding, art direction, editorial design, exhibition design, illustration, creative consultancy Sarah Boris is a Graphic Designer based in London. She set up her design practise in March 2015 after working for over ten years for major institutions in London. Prior to setting up her practise, she was Associate Art Director at Phaidon until February 2015. She has worked for many arts and cultural organisations such as the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), the Barbican Centre, Tate, the Photographers’ Gallery and Gasworks. Major projects include: redesign of the ICA’s identity, book designs for Phaidon, and her solo exhibition as part of the graphic design festival ‘Une Saison Graphique’ 2015, Le Havre. Her exhibition was filmed and featured on the Franco-German TV Network: ARTE, a European channel which promotes culture and the arts. Sarah has teached and lectured in several universities such as LCC (UAL), The CASS, Leeds Beckett University. She has been invited to speak at It's Nice That Nicer Tuesdays. Grafik Letterform Live, Une Saison Graphique 2015 and Graphic Design Festival Breda. She is D&AD foreman for the book design category this year. In parallel to her graphic design commissions, Sarah has developed a body of screenprinted works during residencies in the UK.
    Associate Art DirectorPhaidon Press
     - London, United KingdomFull Time
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  • Teaching
  • Visual Arts
  • Branding
  • Print Design
  • Art Direction
  • Typography
  • Illustration
  • Creative Direction
  • Book Design
  • Editorial Design
  • Branding Identity Design
  • Printmaking Print Design
  • Art and Creative Direction
    University of The Arts London (UAL) logo
    University of The Arts London (UAL) logo
    MA, Typo/graphic StudiesUniversity of The Arts London (UAL)
     - London, United Kingdom
    BA, Typography and DesignEstienne (ESAIG)
     - Paris, France
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    Creative Future Investment Fund / Award for artistsCreative Scotland
    Funding award allocated to artists and designers in order to develop a project. I developed a 48 hour print project located at Dundee Contemporary Arts, inviting other artists and graphic designers to work collaboratively and print collectively in a given time set. I named the project the '48 hour splash'.
    Sappi Ideas That Matter - AwardSappi
    Winner of a € 50,000 grant rewarding rewarding socially engaged designers. The grant goes towards the development of design project for a not-for-profit organisation that would normally have the available funds to commission design to this scale.
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