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Graphic Design (BFA)

Ksenya Samarskaya has been teaching at University of the Arts since 2019. She is a creative practitioner and art director and runs Samarskaya & Partners—a studio rooted in typography and strategic visual communications based in Brooklyn. 


Ksenya Samarskaya is a researcher and connector, focusing on all things typographic, pedagogical, and with regenerative futures on her mind. Samarskaya is currently the Managing Director of Type Directors Club, a Board Member and United States Country Delegate for ATypI, and a past Board Member of AIGA/NY. 

Samarskaya has judged numerous design competitions, including ADC/The One Club, the D&AD Awards (Global Association for Creative Advertising & Design), Type Directors Club and Communication Arts. She has served on the board of AIGA/NY (American Institute of Graphic Arts). 


  • Her corporate clients have included Adidas, Fisher-Price, Fox Networks, Google, Warner Bros, WeWork and Uber.
  • Her past work includes collaborations with Apple, IDEO, McCann Worldgroup and Trollbäck + Co. 
  • She has written and taught courses including Design for Understanding, Manufacturing Luck, Nonlinear Narratives: the Future of Money, The Stepping Stones of Type Design and Typography: Reading and Looking

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Awards & Accolades 

  • Samarskaya is currently a U.S. country delegate for ATypI (Association Typographique Internationale).