Sarah Maxey

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Senior Lecturer, Communication Design School of Design Innovation


Type as image, visual narrative, typography, concrete poetry, publishing as artistic practice, the materiality of the codex book, drawing, typotechture.


Sarah is a leading figure in New Zealand design, much respected in the industry, and studied in universities. She worked for Bloomsbury Publishing in London UK in the mid-90s, establishing the company’s inaugural art department. For the intervening years she has run her own studio specialising in print design for the arts sector and literary publishers, winning numerous awards for her work. She has exhibited typographic works and installations in public galleries throughout New Zealand.


Dip. TD Des., Wellington Polytechnic School of Design, NZ
BFA (Hons), Ilam School of Fine Arts, Canterbury University, NZ


Purple Pin (Best of Discipline), Graphic Design, BEST Design Awards, NZ
Gold Pin, Graphic Arts, BEST Design Awards, NZ
Certificate of Excellence, International Society of Typographic Design
Best Non-Illustrated Book, PANZ Book Design Awards, NZ


A Serious Holiday, Graphic Design Symposium, Cass, NZ, 2017
Spark Festival, Wintec, Hamilton, NZ, 2017
Designers Institute of NZ Speaking Tour, Christchurch, 2016
We Can Create Design Symposium, Auckland, 2012
Type in the Landscape, Variations of a Typographer Conference, Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, UK., 2012
Collaborating with Poets, Type Writing Symposium, Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, UK., 2011
Typeshed11 International Typography Symposium, Wellington, 2009


Artist’s Postcards: a Compendium, by Jeremy Cooper (Reaktion UK, 2012)
Cover Up, by Hamish Thompson (Random House NZ, 2007)
Do you read me?, by Andrew Johnston, (published by the author, 2013)
X-RAY, by Andrew Johnston, (Calligram, 2016)
Stabilising the Hall of Memories, by Sarah Maxey (Calligram 2016)
A Fight Breaks out in the Textile Factory, by Sarah Maxey (Calligram 2016)


Fellow of the Designers’ Institute of New Zealand