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SUSANNAH HAINLEY

SHE / HER

I’m a comics creator, educator, and design consultant based in San Francisco who takes an interdisciplinary approach to visual storytelling.

COMICS

I enjoy translating difficult concepts into non-fiction visual narratives that both inform and entertain. I gravitate towards auto-bio and memoir-type comics, often with a focus on gender and women’s health.

SELECTED PUBLISHED WORK

TEACHING

As an educator, I guide aspiring comic artists and designers in pushing the boundaries of digital mediums to create immersive and accessible storytelling that resonates with modern audiences. I also spend 1:1 time with students through mentorship and tutoring.

California College of the Arts

Adjunct Professor

Digital Comics – MFA in Comics

Digital Comics – BFA in Comics

AI & Comics – MFA workshop
 

San Francisco Public Library

FOG Readers Tutor

Personalized support for grades 1–4

Distinguished Faculty* 

Product Advisory Board Chair, Member

Subject Matter Expert: UX & Visual Design

Visual Design 8-week course 
Visual Design 1-day bootcamp
Intro to Visual Design workshop
Design a Better Presentation Deck workshop 

 

*Top 1% of instructors worldwide

Download my full CV here.

DESIGN + BRAND

As a design and brand consultant with 15 years of expertise, as well as a former senior art director of T Brand Studio at The New York Times, I know what it takes to craft compelling, high-performing experiences for clients across print, digital, and social platforms.

SERVICES 

Brand strategy (visual)
Illustrator sourcing and art direction

Presentation deck strategy and design

Digital design / UI / UX

Report design (online & print)

Website design

See my full resume on LinkedIn. For case studies, email me at hello@shainley.com

MORE ABOUT ME

I’m from Seattle originally, but currently live in San Francisco with my wife, Rachel. I have a Master’s degree in Food Studies. I am a HUGE book nerd, and post my bimonthly reviews on Instagram. When I’m not reading...I'm most likely roller skating.

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