Lennie Gray Mowris, she/they
Magically Disgruntled Manifestor

I didn’t follow the normal career path but instead designed my career grounded in a wealth of life experience. I have worked from community to corporate and worn many labels: queer, non-binary, femme, artist, printmaker, model, designer, strategist, photographer, partner, arborist, adventurer, cyclist, climber, public speaker, activist, disruptor, humanitarian, hopeful, optimistic, facilitator, leader… all of which can all be distilled into three magic words, MAGICALLY DISGRUNTLED MANIFESTOR.

I don’t just break rules, I redefine them. My award-winning design career was born out of one inescapable truth, the world is poorly designed. From our social systems to our methods of production, everything we create is founded on models of competition over cooperation and exploitation for profit. We live within a status quo that was intentionally constructed to keep certain groups of humans from achieving their true potential to preserve outdated monoliths to power and influence. My design practice is about changing hearts, minds, and processes for positive change.

I am a course instructor at M.AD School of Ideas, the school for unconventional thinkers. I co-authored The Path to Impact, a 5-step methodology for socially responsible design, and 2018 winner of the Sappi Ideas That Matter Grant. My craft and art practice are grounded in letterpress and the traditions of graphic arts. My intentions are to hold space for hard conversations, solve complex problems, and demonstrate the power of design to create a better world for everyone. I am inspired by the power of each moment, the abundance of love, the human imagination, and the kindness found in strangers.