Lauren Gallagher is a Chicago-based designer, currently freelancing and helping run Bad Press. Previously, she worked as a Senior Designer at Varyer and as the Lead Designer for Cards Against Humanity. She has been featured in Typeforce, Lumpen Magazine, Jumbo Mumbo, Famicase, and NewCity.
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Available for commissions, collaborations, and freelance opportunities. Expanded portfolio available upon request.

Observations
2019

Observations (2018-2019) is based on the idea that little things can feel important when you give them a space of their own. It’s a chapbook of daily lists written over the course of one year.

Spencer asked me to design the book layout and 52 accompanying illustrations. After looking up his blog, I couldn’t say no to such an earnest project. Much of the design consists of blurring the line between analog and digital processes and embracing the unexpected results.

Client: Spencer Tweedy

Dream Eater
2019

Dream–reality confusion (DRC) is a difficulty or an impossibility to determine whether an event or an experience took place during wakefulness or if it was the content of a dream. […] Individuals prone to DRC—in comparison with those who rarely or do not at all experience DRC—more often experience various sleep-related phenomena, and they also have higher neuroticism, thinner boundaries, higher dream recall frequency, and more involved attitudes toward dreams.” (Source: The Phenomenology of Dream-Reality Confusion: A Quantitative Study.)

TL;DR: I designed this while I was depressed and playing a lot of Kingdom Hearts.

Dream Eater was a part of JUMBO MUMBO, a group art show at the Co-Prosperity Sphere that aimed to find things that are bigger than they should be. 


Bad Press is a Chicago-based publishing collective. We produce printed matter and exist as an accessible resource for the local community. Our goal is to help creators bring their concepts to fruition and contribute to growth of Chicago’s publishing culture.

I worked with my friends and cofounders, Sarah Gardner and Jared Sawdey, to develop a flexible brand for our small press. The look and feel is playful and welcoming to those both familiar and unfamiliar with risograph printing. We intentionally chose a variety of typefaces that break the traditional expectations of graphic design. We did this to erase any of our audience’s concerns about not having publishing experience, as the risograph is an imperfect printing method. We teach designers how to use the risograph and assist writers with layout and design needs. We understand everyone will need something different from Bad Press, and that variety is what our brand reflects.

©2019 Lauren Gallagher.
Built with CARGO. Typeset in Self Modern by the Bretagne Type Foundry.
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