Profile

GRIDWORKS is an award-winning design studio focusing on the arts and cultural sector, as well as working on self-initiated projects. A thorough research process with a strong conceptual and typographic approach underpins every design project. It usually includes in-depth research, analysis and a re-briefing, which in turn influences the thoughtful design approach and outcome.


Sigrid Schmeisser is an international multi-disciplinary designer working both in the arts and academic sector. Schmeisser has worked with several clients in the arts including The Little Sparta Trust, the Jay Gordon Smith Estate, The Scottish Colourists Foundation as well as The Scottish Gallery.

In her self-directed work she investigates critical issues within visual culture, media and globalisation.

Awards & Exhibitions
2021 – Winner – TDC, TypeDirectorsClub New York, Communication Design, Winner
2021 – Bronze Award – European Design Award
2021 – Merit Award – ADC, Art Directors Club of New York
Shortlist (end result out of 21 books), Longlist (60) – Best German Book Awards
2021 – Shortlisted – D&AD Award
Entry: A–M/L–Z: Mrs Jay and W. Gordon Smith Arts Collection

2021 – Exhibition – PastPleasures (OPEN 20/21 Group exhibition), NL
2020 – Exhibition – PastPleasures (Ways of Seeing Group exhibition), UK
2019 – Exhibition – PastPleasures (Discourse Group exhibition), UK
2019 – Shortlisted – Scottish Herald Culture Award
2019 – Shortlisted – Creative Edinburgh Award
2014 – Book Feature – Stories in 140 Characters (The Library as Incubator), US
2013 – Exhibition – Stories in 140 Characters (Central Inspiration Exhibition, Central Library)
2013 – Pass – International Society of Typographers and Designers (ISTD),
Awarded for high standards in design and typography.

Media
2021 – The Scottish Herald (Exhibition and Book coverage: A-L/M-Z – Mrs Jay & W. Gordon Smith Collection)
2016 – Coverjunkie (TheSkinny 10 years Cover design)
2016 – The Scottish Herald (Beelines Exhibition, see Peak15)

See also the impact for the academic sector: peak15.design


Selected Clients & Collaborations within the Arts, Culture, Publishing

Little Sparta Trust (UK/International)
The Scottish Gallery (UK)
W. Gordon and Jay Smith (UK)
Jay Gordonsmith Estate (UK)
Open Eye Gallery (UK)
Artist Rooms/Andrea Hamilton (UK)
Scottish Magazine Awards 2016
Glasgow School of Art
TheSkinny Magazine (Radge Media)
The Scottish Colourists Foundation (UK)
Central Library, Edinburgh
Ross Ryan, Artist (UK)
John Brown, Artist (UK)
Jonathan Gibbs, Artist (UK)
Christine McArthur, Artist (UK)
Philip Braham, Artist (UK)
New Media Scotland