Principal / Creative Director
Yolanda Cuomo is an experienced art director and avid educator. As Principal of Yolanda Cuomo Design, she provides the creative vision, direction, and passion behind all of the Studio’s work. Cuomo and her team work collaboratively with their clients, which include leading publishers, museums, authors, editors, artists, and photographers, to develop memorable and meaningful cultural and commercial projects.
Cuomo’s recent projects include co-curating with Melissa Harris the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville, Virginia, in June 2013. Throughout 2013, Cuomo edited and designed a two-volume nine-hundred-page limited-edition box set, The Library of Julio Santo Domingo, which also included a special-edition iPad and private app celebrating this collection. In fall 2012, Cuomo co-authored with Norma Stevens the book New York at Night, a collection of photographs published by PowerHouse Books. In 2011, Cuomo’s studio designed the enormously successful Diane Arbus retrospective which was organized by the Jeu de Paume in Paris, and traveled internationally.
Cuomo’s devotion to excellence has been repeatedly recognized. In 2013, she was profiled by the New Yorker in a film called Let’s Make a Book About This and featured on Time Magazine’s LightBox in “Profile of a Curatorial Master: Yolanda Cuomo.” Cuomo’s work has also been honored by several important industry awards. She was the recipient of the prestigious National Magazine Award, in 2004, from the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) for her art direction of Aperture, the premier magazine for significant photography. She received Infinity Awards in 1995 and 2004 from the International Center of Photography. Other leading professional organizations have recognized Yolanda’s work, including the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), Society of Publication Designers (SPD), the Art Directors Club, and Magazine Publishers of America.
Outside her Studio, Cuomo teaches courses on design and book-making in the Department of Photography and Imaging at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has also taught or guest-lectured at the International Center of Photography, LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph, Parsons The New School for Design, School of Visual Arts, University of Delaware, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the Magazine Publishers of America Folio Show. Cuomo has a BFA from Cooper Union. She lives in Weehawken, N.J., with her husband and two sons.
Associate Designer / Studio Manager
Bonnie Briant has worked at Yolanda Cuomo Design since 2008, devoting herself to many projects, from publications to exhibitions and billboards. As Associate Designer, she assists Cuomo with aspects of design, production supervision, and project management. Briant’s first major project with the Studio was Magnum’s Access to Life exhibition, in 2008, at the Ara Pacis in Rome. Since then, Briant has spearheaded several amazing projects, including the traveling Diane Arbus exhibition, the production and worldwide distribution of the mammoth Library of Julio Santo Domingo, and a book showcasing Richard Corman’s photographs of a youthful Madonna. Briant constructs book mock-ups, packaging prototypes and digital and architectural models for exhibitions. She is a photographer and an award-winning illustrator who studied photography and art history, earning a BFA from New York University. She is from Rhode Island and lives in Brooklyn.
App Development / Pre-Press Production
Jonno Rattman joined the Studio team in 2013. Rattman trained as a photographer and master printer; he first worked with the Studio in 2011 while printing photographs and ephemera for the Study Center that accompanied the two-hundred-photograph Diane Arbus retrospective organized by the Jeu de Paume in Paris. Since then, Rattman has worked intensively with other renowned photographers and archives, cataloging works, digitizing libraries, curating shows, designing books, and preparing prints for sale and exhibition. Rattman draws on these experiences to bring a wide range of skills to his work at the Studio, including archive management, app development, digital imaging, pre-press production, web design, video editing/transcoding, and, of course, design. Rattman studied photography, anthropology, and art history, earning a BFA from New York University. Rattman splits his time between New York and his native Pennsylvania.
Assistant / Production and Design
Bobbie Richardson was born in Houston, TX and joined the studio in 2014. She started as an intern while still at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in the Photography and Imaging department, where Yolanda was her professor. After she graduated in 2015 she stuck around and is now the youngest member of our team. She assists the studio with production and design. Bobbie loves to pair and sequence and is great at typography and ripping paper. Bobbie is her full name.