Nicole Lavelle

Lagunitas, CA

Nicole Lavelle is artist and a graphic designer who lives in California. Her research-driven, project-based social practice yields experimental essays, visual narratives, tools for inquiry, and platforms for participation. She is attracted to analog processes and vernacular media, and thinks the most compelling projects are community publications, inclusive spaces, found language, weekly routine, landscape studies, or accidental memoir.

She is the founder and co-organizer of PLACE TALKS, a lecture series about location at the Prelinger Library in San Francisco, where she has been Resident Artist since 2015. She is a former Graduate Fellow and Affiliate Artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts, and holds an MFA in Social Practice from the California College of the Arts (#tedpurvesforever). She was the Design Director for the Open Engagement Conference from 2011 to 2016. She is a visual designer for Multi Studio, IDEO, and the design research team at Dropbox, where she collaborates with teams to understand the future of work. She possesses a poetic worldview.