Laurie Szujewska gained a BA in journalism from the University of Illinois, before moving to Yale to study graphic design. While working towards her Master of Fine Arts at Yale's School of Art, she studied with Paul Rang, Bradbury Thompson, Wolfgang Weingart, Armin Hofmann, and Edward Tufte.
She joined Adobe Systems, serving as the art director under Sumner Stone in Adobe's Type products division. She was responsible for the design of the award-winning Adobe Original's type specimen book series, as well as overseeing the magazine "Font and Function", and creating the typeface Giddyup.
Her work has won her numerous awards. She has taught design and typography at various colleges, including California College of Arts and Crafts in San Francisco, Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the Center for Creative Image in Maine. For a time, she studied and maintained a studio at the Center for Book Arts in New York City. She now lives on Sonoma Mountain, north of San Francisco, where she also has a design studio.
She is the principal of shoe-yéf-skua design, which specialises in graphic design and typographic for use in children's publications. Aside from her design and typographic work, she also teaches wildlife and ecology to children at the Fairfield Osborn Nature Preserve.
[LC, December 2009]