Martha Ormiston

I am a graphic designer, artist and writer living in Brooklyn, NY.  Most recently I was the Creative Director & Lead Designer at Artbook | D.A.P. 

I received a MFA in Image + Text from the Image Text Ithaca program out of Ithaca College in 2019. 



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M.F.A. Image + Text, Ithaca College, 2019
B.F.A. Film, Photography, Video and Visual Art, Ithaca College, 2009


MRFA (freelance moniker)
– Graphic Design & Creative Direction, October 2010 - Present  

Jenny Holzer Studio
– Designer, Freelance, March 2016 - Present

Artbook | D.A.P.
– Creative Director & Lead Designer, August 2018 - June 2020 
– Graphic Designer, March 2018 - August 2018 

– Designer, Freelance  October 2016 - May 2017

Fission Strategy (now ‘Do Big Things’)
– Creative Director & Lead Designer, January 2015 - April 2016 
– Senior Designer, December 2012 - January 2015


AIGA Awards
– AIGA 2019 50 Books | 50 Covers:  Book and Cover Winner: The Haitian Chronicles, Boo Hooray, 2019
– AIGA 2019 50 Books | 50 Covers:  Cover Winner: The Spectacle of Illusion, D.A.P., 2019 


Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Fly In League With the Night (Jacket Design) forthcoming 
Philip Guston: NOW, D.A.P./ National Gallery of Art (Jacket Design)
The Haitian Chronicles, Boo Hooray (Entire Book Design) 
The Spectacle of Illusion, D.A.P. (Jacket Design) 
– Hinge Pictures, Siglio (Jacket Design) 
Intermedia, Fluxus and The Something Else Press, Siglio, 2018 (Jacket Design) 
Shape of Light, D.A.P. (Jacket Design) 
The Disco Files, D.A.P. (Second Edition, Entire Book Design) 
Portrait of a City: New York, Taschen (Interior / Layout Design) 
Portrait of a City: Paris, Taschen (Interior / Layout Design) 
The New York Times Explorer: Beaches, Islands & Coasts (Contributing Designer) 
The New York Times Explorer: Mountains, Deserts & Plains (Contributing Designer) 

The (Abridged) Magic Compendium, Oranbeg Press
– “Martha Ormiston” As of Late zine series, Oranbeg Press 

– “Untitled Good Day 1”, p. 18-19, Splitting The Real, a chapbook produced by Ugly Duckling Presse

Image + Text
, Image Text Ithaca and Gato Negro Ediciones 

Group Exhibitions

"Alarum" PHmuseum x Ardesia Projects, Online Exhibition, 2019
"Follow My Hand" ITI 2019 MFA Show, Deli Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2019
"Interior" PEP Projects, Berlin, Germany, 2019
"Alarum" Ardesia Projects, Berlin, Germany, 2019
"Enhanced Matt(e)" Garden Apartment 25 1-08, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY, 2018
"Fluxuating Monument(s)" Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY, 2017
"Unassigned" Marian Graves Mugar Gallery at Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH, 2016
"PHOTOBOOK 2012" Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson, NY, 2012
"Portrait: Mirror Mirror" Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR, 2012
“The Art of Photography Show 2009” curated by Charlotte Cotton, Lyceum Theatre, San Diego, CA, 2009


BLUESTEIN (6 min, 2019), "2nd Berlin Illambra Experimental Film Festival" Berlin, Germany, December 13-14, 2019
BLUESTEIN (6 min, 2019), "JOIN ME NOW" Rhizome DC, Washington D.C., USA, September 5 2019
BLUESTEIN (6 min, 2019), "2019 Altered Aesthetics Film Festival" Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, August 28-29, 2019
BLUESTEIN (6 min, 2019), "JOIN ME NOW" Bundy Annex Theater, Binghamton, NY, USA, July 27 2019