basia kurlender is a graphic designer, an illustrator, an art director, a sign painter, a lifelong new yorker, a friend to dogs, an aquarius, a chain stitch embroiderer, a muralist, a successful matchmaker, a Pratt grad, a loyal craigslist missed connections reader, and also a lot of other things.


✳︎ Great Better Best ✳︎ is my brand-new studio practice :)

✳︎ ✳︎ Fool’s Errand ✳︎ ✳︎ making & designing goods, incl. hand-tufted rugs, a ton of t-shirts, bumper stickers, & hand-cranked chainstitch pennants

✳︎ ✳︎ ✳︎ COLD EMAIL ✳︎ ✳︎ ✳︎ recording podcasts about the non-linear path of “professional development” in hopes of demystifying the design & illustration world for early-career creatives

✳︎ ✳︎ ✳︎ ✳︎ marbling ✳︎ ✳︎ ✳︎ ✳︎ writing songs, recording 800 voice memos, playing a show every 1-3 months

select clients

✳︎  Article Group  ✳︎  Baby’s All Right  ✳︎  Black Seed Bagels  ✳︎  Block Party Films  ✳︎  Box  ✳︎  Brooklyn Book Festival  ✳︎  Burn&Broad  ✳︎  BUCK  ✳︎  Colossal Media  ✳︎  CONTINO  ✳︎  Food IQ (Daniel Holzman & Matt Rodbard)  ✳︎  Iowa State University  ✳︎  Funeral  ✳︎  The Juilliard School  ✳︎  many bands  ✳︎  Luna Park  ✳︎  Marine Lane  ✳︎  McDonald’s  ✳︎  Medidata  ✳︎  Momofuku  ✳︎  Nasdaq  ✳︎  New York International Children’s Film Festival  ✳︎  Nike Kids  ✳︎  Nobell Foods  ✳︎  Noble Signs  ✳︎  Ologie  ✳︎  Red Antler  ✳︎  Select Aperitivo  ✳︎  Shopstyle Collective  ✳︎  Something Special Studios  ✳︎  The Shed  ✳︎ UBS  ✳︎ Venmo  ✳︎ Wax Nine Records  ✳︎  Wieden+Kennedy  ✳︎  Work-Order  ✳︎  my friends  ✳︎  my enemies  ✳︎  myself  ✳︎

image by rené macioce


say hi @ basiakurlender(at)gmail(dot)com
@bshawww on instagram
newly-minted @number01yenta on twitter

press / features

︎ sent out a short but telling personal interview, hilariously (& aptly) titled “25W Mets Fan Seeks Man To Meet At Citifield”

︎ “Preservation” was included in “Design Without Borders,” a Pratt Institute publication about the first five years of the School of Design

︎ Vice: a quote about the ubiquity of tufted rugs made it into “The Handmade Rug Scene is Booming, Thanks to TikTok”

︎ “SECURITY DEPOSIT” was the culmination of a digital artist residency at Picnic Collective in July 2020

︎ AIGA highlighted some of my undergraduate work in this “Student Spotlight” profile

︎ spoke to Prattfolio and answered the question, “What Question Can You Not Stop Thinking About?"

︎ Forge Art Magazine published an artist profile

︎ Scully’s Digest asked a few questions about my practice

︎ Dead Ramones interviewed me about the intersections of skating & gender

︎ & a video of me presenting my thesis at AIGA’s Education Warmups


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