Stephen Lurvey

Designer based in Brooklyn, NY. Currently freelancing. Graduate from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Previously worked at Project Projects (summer 2015) in New York, Walker Art Center (fall 2016) in Minneapolis, and MCAD's in-house design studio DesignWorks.

Emerging Talent Showcase 2016

Emerging Talent Showcase is an annual MCAD event where local creative companies have a chance to recruit graduating students. For this identity, I developed a series of patterns to speak to the wide variety of talents that the school cultivates. I also created an Emerging Talent stamp that was applied to each printed piece before being sent out.

The Way We Were, The Way We Are

A publication comparing events of 1963 with today. Text and images were drawn from the book The Way We Were by Robert MacNeil, and used to create links between modern day. Divided into three categories (Culture, Politics, and Technology), this book is meant to both illustrate how far the US has progressed since 1963, as well as reveal how surprisingly similar it is.

Senior Project Spring 2016

This is a collection of printed matter -- pulications, posters, etc -- that I produced for my senior project at MCAD. Among these works are collaborations with Connor Rice, Jaafar Alnabi, and Johana Brubek.

Made at MCAD 2015

Made at MCAD is an annual, juried exhibition that showcases work being done by current students at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. With the branding for this year's show, we created a series of poster boards where students were invited to hang custom artwork. It was a way for everyone to be involved with the show and to see another side of what is being "made at MCAD."

In collaboration with David W. Johanson.

Mr. Keedy

I designed and developed a website to host a set of articles written by designer and educator Jeff Keedy. Keedy is known for his writings on, and critiques of, contemporary design practice. Originally published in various issues of the design magazine Emigre, I chose this set of essays because the were previously unavailable online. This informed the visual language, which is meant to echo print newspapers.

Commercial Type Print Material

Project Projects is collaborating closely with Commercial Type on the foundry's new identity, which uses striking colors and close-cropped samples of the foundry's offerings in use around the world. The cover of Commercial Type's 2015 type specimen book is the first printed piece produced in an ongoing, cumulative rebrand. The book's four distinct dust jackets derive from a single press sheet, which also serves as a promotional poster for Commercial Type's 2015 North American lecture tour.

Photos and text courtesy of Project Projects.

Beta v.1

A collaborative newsprint publication based on the infancy of the internet. Shown at MCAD as part of the Minnesota Mean exhibition.

Beta v.1 is a collaboration between Frank Mondragon, Isaac Ruder, Nouhtrang Thao, David W. Johanson, and myself.

Hurricanes + Gender Expectations

An interactive data-visualization website that I designed and developed to illustrate the correlation between the gendered naming of hurricanes and their death rates. The site acts as an interactive news article, where users can toggle between MALE and FEMALE to view the different statistics.

Results based on this study, published in 2014.

Oct. 5th, 2015

Oct. 5, 2015 is a projection project displaying the day's news events. Various headlines, articles, and photographs were pulled from the New York Times' website, randomized, and programmed to scroll and drift around a projection. The content is projected into open space, so that no image is initially visible. The audience is invited to participate by holding up sheets of paper, creating a surface for the projected image to fall upon.


Draw() is a set of randomly generated coloring books created using the program Processing. The forms created are meant to echo the random scribble nature of children's drawings.

Top 500

Top 500 is an ongoing list of the 500 most powerful supercomputers in the world. This project is a data visualization of how this processing power has increased over time. I created a mark-making robot and programmed it to drive around the surface of posters for a specific amount of time determined by the listed year's processing power. This illustrates the exponential growth of supercomputing power over time.

Center for Advanced Applications

I was fortunate to work with Daniel Dean on his project, the Center for Advanced Applications. This project was completed through the 2015 Art(ists) on the Verge fellowship program at the Soap Factory.

For Daniel's project, I developed the CAA branding as well as designed a printed piece that accompanied the three products. The publication is one long continuous page, meant to echo scrolling on a device.

View the entire publication here.

Photos by Rik Sferra.

Miscellaneous Projects