Kristen Lyle
Student Conference Chair

Name: Kristen Lyle
Position: Graphic and Web Designer
Pronouns: Any
Company: Manicule Studio
Portfolio:, Instagram: manicule_studio


I came to graphic design after a mid-career shift from the social sciences. My background in psychology, nonprofit work, and community organizing informs my interest in design as a communication tool. My desire to create with my hands drew me to letterpress as a harmonious extension of my digital design work. I live and work in St. Louis as a freelance graphic and web designer, educator, and creative consultant serving local artists, small business owners, and nonprofits. 

How did you get started in design?

I went back to school in an attempt to use art to pay the bills. I didn’t realize how much I’d fall in love with graphic design as a career path!

Who are your creative heroes?

 Jenny Holzer, Glen Ligon, Barbara Kruger

Where do you find your inspiration?

Nature, Social Justice, Typography, and other artistic disciplines.

What is the best part of working in your profession?

I love creative problem solving, and monotony gets me down. Each new project sparks new ideas and excitement.

What piece of advice would you offer fellow creatives?

 Build in more time…it’s going to take longer than you think!

What is one book that all creatives should read?

Anything by Ellen Lupton, but I’m currently reading Extra Bold: A Feminist, Inclusive, Anti-Racist, Nonbinary Field Guide for Graphic Designers. 

What was the last song you listened to?

 Angel, Massive Attack

What is your favorite place in St. Louis?

 I love all of St. Louis’s green spaces and parks. The Kemper museum at WashU is a favorite, and of course, Central Print where my hands stay inky.