“Off Grid 18,”the second-annual international experiential graphic design event created by the Wellington Chapter of SEGD, transpired over four days and four cities in late February. The theme was “Experiential City,” which posed the question, “What is the ‘experiential city’ and where does design fit in?”
Susan Mavor is co-chair of the Vancouver Chapter.
From her roots in theatre design, followed by book, stamp, and brand design, Susan co-founded two collaborative design groups in Vancouver, Canada: PUBLIC Architecture + Communication, and Story Space Studio. Susan leads wayfinding and interpretive storytelling projects up and down the west coast, at parks, campuses and cities from Lima, Peru to Juneau, Alaska.
She is proud of her twenty-five years of design work supporting Indigenous communities in telling their own stories, in their own ways. Recent work includes bilingual English and hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ signage for UBC’s newest student residence, tə šxʷhəleləm̓s tə k̓ʷaƛ̓kʷəʔaʔɬ (The Houses of the Ones Belonging to the Saltwater).
Susan is passionate about her role, as a settler, in reshaping Canada’s colonial relationship to Indigenous communities. She sees the design of processes to create Truth & Reconciliation as her next big design project. To that end, she has recently started a journey as a PhD student at Simon Fraser University exploring these topics within the Faculty of Education Philosophy.