Laurie Haycock Makela has been a recognized voice of experimental graphic and trans-disciplinary design practice and education for over 30 years in the United States and Europe. After living in Sweden for nearly a decade, LHM returned home to Los Angeles the day Obama was elected in 2008. Most recently she co-founded Madeinthoughtspace with colleagues April Greiman, Michael Rotondi and John Ford to pursue a collaborative, creative design consultancy.
LHM was designer-in-residence and co-chair of the department of 2-D design at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI from 1996-2001 with the late P. Scott Makela. Their studio, Words and Pictures for Business and Culture, produced print and new media for clients such as NIKE, MTV, Kodak, and Warner Brothers Records; they also published a book with Lewis Blackwell called Whereishere. Together they were awarded the American Institute of Graphic Arts Gold Medal for 10 years of innovative work in 2000, and included in the National Design Triennial at the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian in New York.
In 2001, LHM accepted a star appointment as the head of graphic design at Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles. By 2003, she moved to Stockholm to open O.B.O.K. with artist and critic Ronald Jones, Ph.D., collaborating on research-based projects such as an art/cafe/garden space on Royal Swedish Grounds. She continued to teach at prestigious academies such as Konstfack University of Art and Design in Stockholm, and ZKM/HfG in Karlsruhe Germany.
Before attending Cranbrook as a student in 1989, LHM taught at the California Institute of the Arts and Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, while designing books and posters for clients such as The Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities and the Los Angeles County Art Museum. Following graduation from Cranbrook in 1991, Laurie became the Design Director at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. “Walker,” her 1995 typography and branding project with Matthew Carter, was included in the design collection at MOMA in 2011.
LHM holds a BA in Environmental Design from University of California at Berkeley, and an MFA in Graphic Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art.