Makayla Lovrak

I am a designer whose beauty-seeking, analytical design practice gathers at the intersection of form
and function where expressions of creativity, problem solving, and thought focus heavily on type, it’s relationship to a page, and it’s ability to solicit reply.

By drawing attention to things that others may overlook and leading with my point of view, I try my best to depict empathy and compassion towards the people I design for.

I’m interested in the ethics of design, finding ways to better serve people through research to find more thoughtful solutions, and focusing on topics that
spark communal discourse.



Inspired by the general anatomy of Apple Garamond, Sabon, and Hoefler Text, I created a display typeface that stands up to body well. As time went on, the typeface acquired unique characteristics and developed a personality of its own. I hope to see it being printed, used in books, on posters, on screen, and in experimental type compositions.

She's not perfect at all. She isn't kerned that well. There's still so many inconsistencies I see. But, she will always be my first typeface. She'll always remind of how far I've come and how far I will go. "You can make a typeface!" she taught me. And look. I did it.

See an interactive poster I made using Marge, SVG HTML, and CSS animation ︎ HERE

March 2020            Typeface Design


Tasked with redesigning a restaurants website, I sought to digitally translate hospitable “old world charm,” create new intuitive content groupings, and establish better hierarchy to bring the sophistication and credibility Maurice already has as a business, online.

May 2020            UI/UX, Web Design

Being Graphic (WIP)

An experimental and informative newspaper all about PSUGD made in collaboration with four other designers (Brittney Gold, Clare Davidovich, Seth Dearmas, & Trudy Chin), in PSU School of Art + Design’s In-House Design Studio, A+D Projects.

Roles: associate editor, art direction, project management, producer, copywriter.

Expected Completion: June 2020            Art Direction, Publication Design

Margin (WIP)

Margin is an extension of my senior thesis exploring rest as a needed form of regenerative self maintenance in a world of pathological busyness. It is an application for someone who regularly overfills their schedule with work so that it’s easier to create space in their lives for rest and see it as productive. Through stages of informed research, I am synthesizing my findings in order to better serve people’s needs through thoughtful UI/UX.

Expected Completion: May 2020            Research, UI/UX

Annex Zine (Fall 2019)

Part experiment, part serious play, this edition of
the PSUGD Annex Zine served to dive deep into the concepts of space in both literal and metaphorical ways. An extensive interview with graphic designer and space junkie, Duane King, fuels the entirety of the zine, exploring themes around ethics, technology, and
the space between us.

Roles: art direction, copyediting, interview transcription, project management, and production (page layout, printing, and binding).

November 2019            Publication Design