Greta is a designer, artist, and writer who cares a lot about vernaculars, subculture, queerness, social engagement, DIY, and poetry. Greta is a founding partner at Merl Studio, and in the past, they've worked at Open, Rodrigo Corral Studio, RISD, and Barnes & Noble. Besides art and design, Greta enjoys dogs, sad music, and Chinese food.

Greta is currently in their fourth year in the graphic design department at the Rhode Island School of Design, working on Eastern Exposure Tour: a thesis project about music, design fictions, and histories of marginalized communities.

Résumé available upon request.


Eastern Exposure Tour (2018)

Placeholder for my senior thesis project. A link to my process blog will be up soon!

Time Be My Bulldozer (2017)

An illustrated book of poetry about the everyday tension between present and future. Paperback, 156 pages.

Flang (2017)

Flang is a ~*pragmatic yet playful*~ typeface designed for setting long bodies of text. It's heavily inspired by Times New Roman, but the lack of top serifs in many glyphs adds a calligraphic flair to the face. If you want a copy, email me!

Flang Regular was designed over the course of four months under the guidance and supervision of Richard Lipton (of FontBureau). Many thanks, Richard!

ACLU Style Guide & Identity Applications (2017)

I was lucky to be part of a large team (which included designers and strategists from Open and co:collective) working on implementing the new visual identity for the American Civil Liberties Union.

My duties included research and writing for portions of the style guide, creating example type lockups, and making mockups of branded collateral (such as merchandise, envelopes, print and web ads). I also prepped logo files for each state affiliate, ran color tests to ensure the ACLU's new palette was as visually accessible as possible, and worked on logo iterations for ACLU sub-brands (People Power, Campaign for Smart Justice).

I worked on this project over the course of three months under the guidance of Scott Stowell and Martha Kang McGill at Open. View the full style guide here!

Below are wordmarks for two ACLU Sub-Brands: People Power and the Campaign for Smart Justice. I was involved in creating logo sketches and iterations for both of these efforts, as well as doing brand architecture research to conceive of how sub-brands fit into the structure of the ACLU at large.

The Graphic Order (2018)

The Graphic Order is the identity for the RISD BFA Class of 2018 Graphic Design Senior Show. I worked in a group of five students to come up with the theme, which is a playful reference to the "cultish" relationship students of graphic design have with the discipline.

Poster advertising the show.

Myself, Mostyn Griffith, and Ishaan Bose Verma led the show planning, branding, identity, and fabrication teams. We asked each student in our class to come up with a personal "symbol" to contribute to the identity system. The symbols were then used in place of letterforms and names in the show.

Setting up, organizing, and installing the show:

Each room had its own title which was typeset in a custom typeface, cut from vinyl, and applied to the wall.

All students exhibiting in the show submitted their own symbol, which we used in lieu of names and title cards throughout the show.

Posters with all the seniors' names and their corresponding symbols hung in the main hall.

Assembling goody bags, which included a show catalog/map, two stickers, a bookmark, and a temporary Graphic Order tattoo. These were sold at a pop-up shop, from which all proceeds went to a local youth arts organization.

Images from the show's opening night:

Rather than hanging physical posters, we projected them in a reel onto a moveable wall.

Our "type wall," a video projection showcasing the 15 original typefaces produced by seniors.

Our custom pen plotting station. Guests could make a donation for a local charity and get a phrase of their choice plotted in our custom Graphic Order typeface.

Heaven is My Country: A Western (2018)

Original movie posters for Tristan Hsu's film, Heaven is My Country: A Western. Collaboration with Mostyn Griffith.

Coldman (2016-present)

Design and art direction for three studio albums by Coldman.

My Dick Works Fine, 2017

Neurotika, 2016

Graceful Decadence, 2015

RAID (2017-present)

Logo, posters, screenprinted ephemera for student collective RAID (RISD Asian Intersections + Diaspora). Tote bags and other printed matter were silkscreened live at the group's launch party and handed out to guests.

All materials designed and fabricated with Mostyn Griffith.

Live silkscreening at the Launch Party

Poster for a collaborative event with Brown University

Rome Prize Poster (2017)

Poster calling for applications to the Rome Prize 2018. Designed for the American Academy in Rome while at Open, with guidance from Martha Kang McGill and Scott Stowell.

Approaching Contemporary Biopower (2017)

An online reader with accompanying editorial illustrations. Visit the website here.
Designed and coded with Mostyn Griffith.

Selected illustrations from the site:

Don't Take This Too Seriously (2017)

A small publication that unfolds into a double-sided poster.

Working Queer Design Principles (2017)

A pair of Google docs (one editable by myself and one editable to the public), creating community by allowing queer-identified creatives to reflect on how their queerness intersects with their practice.

Visit the website!

Show Flyers (Ongoing)

Going to shows is my favorite thing ever. Sometimes I make flyers for them.

For Mitski's Halloween show at the Columbus in Providence, RI.

For Phoebe Bridgers' Boston stop on her Farewell Tour.

Farmer's Market / RIPTA Campaign (2016)

This was a DIY branding campaign promoting the Wintertime Farmer's Market in Pawtucket to local underserved communities. I wanted to welcome riders of the Rhode Island bus system (RIPTA) into the farmer's market, a space often seen as inaccessible and bourgeois. Many RIPTA riders live in federally-recognized food deserts, so I wanted to spread the word about grocery options people may not have known about.

I used bright, friendly colors to attract attention and let people know food stamps and SNAP benefits could be used at the market. Materials were printed inexpensively and applied quickly to bus stops and signs in and around Pawtucket.

Laminated signs in bus shelters explaining the Food Stamp / SNAP benefits in detail

Small stickers pointing out the location of the market

A proposed "free ride" bus pass to be given to RIPTA riders when they shop at the farmer's market

Larger informational stickers

Otl Aicher (2015)

An accordion book celebrating the work and legacy of designer Otl Aicher. Made for Doug Scott's History of Graphic Design class at RISD.

Carrie & Lowell Liner Notes (2016)

This 200-page book is a set of "crowdsourced" liner notes for the album "Carrie & Lowell" by Sufjan Stevens (Athsmatic Kitty Records, 2015). The content is made up of Google search results that satisfy the query "sufjan stevens carrie & lowell": the internet's collective responses to a deeply personal album.

Musical Instrument (2018)

An array of videos, made from original sounds and images, that can be played/paused by anyone to layer together a song (and an abstract visual). Made over the course of 24 hours for E. Roon Kang's visiting designer workshop at RISD. Try it yourself!

Testing the instrument out myself

Students in the workshop playing the instrument during the demo

A Flag to Mourn the Loss of Ambiguity (2018)

Hand-sewn felt flag.

Future Prisons (2017)

A study from a larger project about the for-profit prison industry in the US.

Imagery: "future prisons" randomly generated using existing segments of private properties owned by CoreCivic, one of two major corporations that own most of the private prisons in the United States. These fictional prisons were assembled programmatically in Processing. Audio: CoreCivic commercial.

Move to California With Me (2017)

3'x5' digitally printed flag.

General Tso's Unboxing (2017)

Strange Bed (2016)

Six mixed media collages made using two colors (orange and green) and black.

Various sketches/explorations that don't belong anywhere else :)