Based in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand, Studio Katie Kerr a graphic design practice that focusses on the creation of publications, identities and printed materials in the broad field of the contemporary cultural sector.
Studio Katie Kerr approaches design as craft(wo)manship, maintaining that design can be more thoughtful by instigating critical research processes; more sustainable by informing aesthetics with best practice rather than trends; and more poetic by applying considered and elegant form. Over the last eight years, Studio Katie Kerr has produced works for a range of international clients, publishers, galleries, musicians and artists. The studio collaborates with skilled practitioners, produces objects with tactile materiality, and generates work that doesn’t cost the earth (both figuratively and literally).
Self-initiated projects are produced through GLORIA, an experimental publishing platform, run with Berlin-based photographer Alice Connew. GLORIA functions as a research facility to explore the interdisciplinary production of paperback books. Kerr also co-manages K Road studio space Strange Haven with Samuel Walsh.
Kerr holds a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Canterbury, and has exhibited at RM Gallery (Auckland), RAMP Gallery (Hamilton) and Enjoy Gallery (Wellington). She was named Allen & Unwin’s Young Book Designer of the Year at the PANZ Book Design Awards 2019.
Currently available for commissioned or collaborative projects. Drop into Strange Haven at 281 Karangahape Road, browse our bookstore and say hello, email studio(at)katie-kerr.com or follow @studiokatiekerr.
Words & Press:
‘5 minutes with… Katie Kerr’, an interview with Nicole Arnett Phillips for Design Assembly, 2019
‘Smells like Fresh Print — Can I Borrow Your Spoon?’, feature in Design Assembly, 2019
‘Stunning Spines and Fabulous Face-outs: Book Design in 2019’, The Read, 2019
‘Alternative Routes: An Interview with Katie Kerr’, an interview with Lana Lopesi for Design Assembly, 2018
‘The value of A Working Week’, Chloe Geoghegan for Enjoy Public Art Gallery, 2018
‘Dwelling in the Margins: Katie Kerr reflects on A Working Week’, for Enjoy Public Art Gallery, 2018
‘Gemma Walsh and Katie Kerr, a conversation’, for GLORIA, 2018
‘A trip to the Bauhaus: Reflecting on a century of women in design’, for Designers Speak (Up), 2018
‘Leading Ladies of Design: Katie Kerr’, Hollie Arnett, 2018
‘Sexier in Print: GLORIA and hard press’, The Pantograph Punch, 2017
‘Neither here or there: Katie Kerr’, The Big Idea, 2017
Exhibitions & Awards:
Winner of Allen & Unwin’s Young Book Designer of the Year Award, PANZ Book Design Awards, 2019
Present Tense : Wāhine Toi Aotearoa, online gallery and archive, 2019
Present Tense : Wāhine Toi Aotearoa, RAMP Gallery, 2019
A Working Week, residency at Enjoy Public Art Gallery, 2018
Cul-de-sac, group exhibition at RM Gallery, 2018