Astrid Seme is an independent graphic designer from Graz, Austria based in Vienna. Rooted within the fields of graphic design and typography her studio works in scopes such as art direction, visual identities, books and other printed matter, e-books, websites and editorial projects.
With regard to the content the work is based on research, concept and economical means of production. Apart of having a clear concept the use of it allows the rules to get pushed and evolve. This is very much part of the studio’s design process. The website presents a selection of design commissions illustrating the studio’s approach, ideas and design methods.
Besides she’s part of Mark Pezinger Verlag, a publishing house and exhibition-platform for artists’ books.
Astrid Seme is a supervising tutor (BA Diploma Graphic Design) at New Design University (AT).


Große Neugasse 1/5, 1040 Vienna
+43 677 620 440 05


  • Werkplaats Typografie (MA), NL
  • University for Applied Arts Vienna, AT
  • studio founded in 2010
  • since 2010 part of Mark Pezinger Verlag
  • Teaching: New Design University St. Pölten, AT

Teaching, Lectures, Presentations

  • I Never Read, Radio Podcasts, CH
  • Guest lecturer on Graphic Design—Sound at New Design University St. Pölten, AT
  • RISD, Rhode Island School of Design, US
  • Fahrenheit39, Ravenna, IT
  • À la table. Hochschule für Gestaltung Luzern, CH
  • Der St. Pöltner Urknall. Salon für Kunstbuch, Vienna, AT
  • Sint Lucas School of Arts, Brussels, BE
  • Ma(r)king Time. Print Room, Rotterdam, NL
  • Typojanchi. Conference at International Typography Biennial. Seoul, KR
  • About Futurism’s Bastard Son. Kasseler Kunstverein, DE
  • Hallelujah, more books! Salon für Kunstbuch, Vienna, AT

Exhibitions (selection), Residencies


  • Unlimited Edition. Contribution for Table Union at Art Book Fair, Seoul, KR
  • Tonspur. Vienna Contemporary Art Fair, AT
  • tropical depression. Kunsthalle Tropical, IS
  • Den rechten Loon. Intersections/Art Rotterdam on behalf of Rib, NL

  • No Reading, no Cry! Mark Pezinger at Open Graphic Art Studio/Museum of the City of Skopje, MK
  • bumm bumm tschak. Size Matters, Vienna, AT
  • Parallelaktion. Güterbahnhof Wolf, Basel, CH
  • Honking eggs. Kunstraum Teiggi, Kriens, CH
  • Bonato-Peterhans-Residency. Lucerne, CH
  • Growing up is giving up. Mark Pezinger at Rosa Brux, Brussels, BE

  • WIELS Contemporary Art Center. Residency. Brussels, BE
  • Hotel Charleroi. Charleroi, BE
  • 9 to 5. Mark Pezinger Verlag at WIELS Contemporary Art Center, BE
  • Mark Pezinger works both ways – From Performance to Publication. Centre de Documentation, FRAC Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Marseille, FR

  • Typojanchi. International Typography Biennial. Seoul, KR
  • I want to become Tarzan before sunset. Mark Pezinger Verlag at Pioneer Works. NYC, US

  • I fail good. Beursschouwburg. Brussels, BE
  • Un hombre habla en el bosque. Museo del arte contemporaneo. Santiago de Chile, CL
  • 25th International Biennial of Graphic Design. Brno, CZ
  • Reading disorders, thinking out loud. Mark Pezinger Verlag at Kasseler Kunstverein, DE
  • Mark Pezinger Verlag at Kunsthalle Sankt Gallen, CH

  • Electric Eclectics. Festival of experimental music and sound art, Ontario, CA
  • Ein Türke in Wien. Mark Pezinger Verlag at Raumstation. Vienna, AT
  • Klanghimmel. Museumsquartier, Vienna, AT
  • TONSPUR #41. Berlin, DE

Bibliography, Contributions (selection)

  • GRAPHIC #30: Publishers, propaganda press, KR
  • Objets Minces: Part 5, Ed. M. Lécrivain, J. Caro, La Houle publishing, BE
  • Bekannte Unbekannte. Grafikdesign in Österreich, Triest Verlag, CH
  • LetterSeed8: Text after Supertext, Ed. Korean Society of Typography
  • idea No.362, Seibundo Shinkosha Publisher, JP
  • Umool Umool #10, Ed. Na Kim & Astrid Seme, NL
  • Umool Umool #9, Ed. Na Kim, NL
  • Manystuff #2, About Your Process, Ed. Charlotte Cheetham, FR
  • GRAPHIC #9: Werkplaats Typografie Special, propaganda press, KR
  • Page Unlimited – Innovations in Layout Design, Sandu Publishing, CN
  • DHUB Celebrate, Collect, Manifest; Design Hub Museum Barcelona, ES
  • 100 Best Posters 2007, Germany, Austria, Switzerland. Hermann Schmidt Mainz, DE


© Astrid Seme, Vienna, 2017