Alex Sommerville


Alex Sommerville 
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Graphic Design
Foundation Studio Coordinator, 2D Form Studio 

MDes, Graphic Design, University of Illinois at Chicago
BS, Architecture, University of Cincinnati

Formally trained in both graphic design and architecture, Alex Sommerville evokes the spatial and contextual, confronting the physicality of two-dimensional space and composition. Working across textile design, photography and graphic installations, she seeks out opportunities to partner with interdisciplinary teams on projects that add to the narrative of people and place. 

In her professional practice, Alex works as a senior graphic designer at Simple Truth, a branding firm in Chicago's River North neighborhood. She has recently collaborated with organizations such as Old Town School of Folk Music, Human Rights Watch, Baird & Warner and the Chicago Humanities Festival. Previously, she partnered with The Kroger Company to research “The Future of Convenience” and participated in the design of Microsoft’s pop-up shops at a variety of scales, from furniture design to the interiors of international flagship stores.

Her work has been recognized by AIGA Chicago, The Society of Typographic Arts, Marmara University in Istanbul, and the Adobe Creative Jam.

Alex is currently pursuing projects that confront the latent systems that shape children of Mexican-American immigrants and offer a vehicle to reflect their personal identity within a multicultural community.