Janet Fairbairn

For the past 20 years, Janet Fairbairn has worked as principal of Fairbairn & Company, a graphic design studio that produces a range of print publications, identities, branding and exhibition catalogues. Her work has been shown in numerous juried exhibitions including: AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers, AIGA Design of Understanding 2, New York Is Book Country, The International Platform Association and Maine Coast Artists among others. Recent lectures and workshops include: Higher Education Press, Beijing, China; Fourth International Conference on Arts in Society, Stream: Arts Theory and Criticism, Venice, Italy; DesignInquiry, Pass•Port: Identity in the Information Age, Vinalhaven, Maine.

Academic research/areas of interest

Being a teacher, designer and artist allows Fairbairn to move among many worlds. Her academic and design work contribute to the contemporary dialogue, while her art is mostly inspired by nature—eliciting and transforming memories of the past within contemporary compositions.

Spring 2019 Courses

  • GRAPH-3298-04 Degree Project
  • ILLUS-3404-01 Typography For Illustrators
  • AA, University of Maine-Augusta
  • BFA, Maine College of Art
  • MFA, Yale University


Apparel Design Architecture Ceramics Digital + Media Experimental and Foundation Studies Film / Animation / Video Furniture Design Glass Graduate Studies Graphic Design History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences Illustration Industrial Design Interior Architecture Jewelry + Metalsmithing Landscape Architecture Literary Arts + Studies Painting Photography Printmaking Sculpture Teaching + Learning in Art + Design Textiles Theory + History of Art + Design