Laura Rossi García

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Iam a designer, historian, and educator based in Chicago, IL. My practice intersects culture, theory, anrthopology, and feminism, with a focus on typography.


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Laura Rossi García (she/her/hers) is a Puerto Rican designer, historian, and educator whose practice intersects culture, theory, anthropology, and feminism. Her research examines the practice and pedagogy of design and typography, focusing on uncovering those histories that have not made it into our official canon (be that due to race, gender, or colonialism). Her recent work has been presented nationally and internationally at Design History Society, Design Incubation, BIPOC Design History Series, and DesignHer; her work has been recognized by the STA and AIGA.  

Laura received her BFA in Art History & Studio Art from Goucher College (Baltimore, MD) and her MFA in Graphic Design from Vermont College of Fine Arts (Montpelier, VT). She has taught at Union County College (Cranford, NJ); Kean Universty (Union, NJ), Seton Hall University (South Orange, NJ); The College of New Jersey (Ewing, NJ); and most recently in the  School of Design in the DePaul University Jarvis College of Computing & Digital Media (Chicago, IL), where she was a Professional Lecturer from 2020-2022. 

From 2011-2016, Laura worked in curatorial capacities in museums, galleries, and with individual artists coordinating exhibitions with local, national, and international institutions. She opened her design studio in 2017, creating works focusing on typography and print design for clients such as AIGA DEC, Verso Books, Texas University Press, and Rutgers University Press.

Currently, Laura as the Early Careers liasion to the Experience capability at Publicis Sapient (Chicago, IL) -- a position that merges her interests in all things design, education, mentorship, DEI, curriculum building, and bridging academia and industry.  

About Downstairs
Downstairs is the multidisciplinary practice of Laura Rossi García specializing in publications, art direction, editorial design, and custom typography for clients spanning culture and commerce. Reach out via email if you are interested in collaborating!