Devin Mawdsley

Devin Mawdsley – Designer

Friendly Creative Designer, specializing in book design, illustration, graphic novels, comics, narrative work, character design, fine arts.


I'm a creative designer working at the crossroads of UI/UX and illustration.

I am a UI/UX Designer, illustrator, published graphic novelist and teaching artist. I work with clients to design and create compelling narrative works and illustration, for print and digital publication. I have years of teaching experience and a background in language education and interpretation. I am proficient in the Adobe Creative suite as well as Sketch and InVision.

My work has been featured in publications including The New Yorker, Fastcodesign, Slate, CityLab (The Atlantic), The Chicago Reader, and others. I am proud to have worked with clients such as The Chicago Architecture Center, The Chicago Teachers Union, Harvard philosopher Myisha Cherry, National Geographic Student Expeditions, and more.

Comics & Graphic Novels Cultural & Ethnic Picture Books

Work experience


Jan, 2016 — Present

Current Projects Include:
-I am presently collaborating on a graphic novel about land use and urban planning, with the Washington State Chapter of the American Planning Association. The final graphic novel will be used statewide in public schools.

Recent projects include:
-Two book projects, illustration and design/layout for a book on contemporary philosophers grappling with issues concerning social justice, entitled Unmuted, by Harvard philosopher Myisha Cherry, as well as storyboarding and doing concept art for another as-yet-unpublished graphic adaptation of a hit early childhood development book.

-A client-commissioned whiteboard animation.

-Chicagoly Winter 2017 Edition--illustrated cover and feature article illustrations for Chicago area literary magazine.

-No Small Plans
Collaborated with The Chicago Architecture Foundation to produce an original 144 page graphic novel-No Small Plans. Conceptualized, storyboarded, illustrated and created concept art under the aegis of my illustration business-Eyes of the Cat Illustration. Organized production with several colleagues to meet milestones and deadlines. No Small Plans explores themes around civic agency and urban planning. The book has received critical praise from the likes of architecture critic Blair Kamin, The New Yorker, Salon, City Lab (The Atlantic), The Chicago Reader, Chicago Magazine, and others. It is currently being integrated in CPS classrooms and will live as a part of a new CPS Urban Planning-focused curriculum.

-Macbeth (fear in the night)--collaborated with acclaimed director George Bigot and Theatre Y to create an original risograph playbill for a production. Picture This Post described it: "The next day it will sit on your table daring you to recycle it. You won’t move fast to do so."


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