Susannah Hainley
Making things pretty



I love using design, infographics, and comics to engage people around complex topics.


My Design Work

I’m passionate about using design as a tool for change. This focus started early in my career at the firm Red Rooster Group, where I helped nonprofits increase their reach through effective brand strategy and design. Later, I was proud to help fund important journalism as part of a digital advertising revolution at The New York Times. As the Senior Art Director of T Brand Studio, the Times’s branded content studio, I oversaw the creation of hundreds of best-in-class brand stories; it was there that I honed my skills in digital interactive design, UX, and data visualization.

Since moving to San Francisco in 2017, I have partnered with food, nonprofit, and start-up clients on a range of projects including digital products, print collateral, pitch decks, brand identities, infographics, and more. I also bring my design expertise to the classroom at General Assembly (GA), where I teach a series of visual design courses, bootcamps, and workshops. I’m a member of General Assembly's Distinguished Faculty program (representing the top 1% of faculty worldwide), and serve as the Chair of GA’s Visual Design Product Advisory Board.

My Comics Work

Comics marry my passions for graphic storytelling, design, and food. Through this medium, I’m able to share and leverage the knowledge I’ve gained as a graduate student in the Food Studies Master’s Program at University of the Pacific. Follow me on instagram to see more of my work, or buy a zine from my online shop.



  • Visual design strategy and consulting

  • Visual design for digital and print

  • Comics and graphic storytelling

  • Infographics and data visualizations

  • Presentation deck design and strategy

  • Private design tutoring


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