sonia turcotte

Designer and researcher. Learning how to live and die well with others. Partly at Goldsmiths, studying ecology. Partly at Farewill, designing for death.

I love collaborating on projects that don’t fit neatly into disciplinary lines. Get in touch if you’d like to work together.

Farewill Funeral Plans

Design and research for a new product, pre-paid funeral plans, helping customers reduce emotional and financial burdens for their loved ones.

Screenshots of the Farewill Funeral Plan pages

with Emily and the Funeral Plans team

The agile comms handbook

Creative direction and design for Giles’ book on how to communicate clearly and creatively.

Cover and one inside spread of book

with Giles, edited by Amy

Transform your work

Content, research and design for a modern day toolkit of worker’s inquiries. Code-free publishing with Notion.

Screenshot of a Notion page with boxes of different approaches showing Diary Keeping, Visual Research and Surveys in view

with Gemma, Common Knowledge and Autonomy. Illustrations by Andrew Beltran.

Citizens Advice

Redesigning the website, updating digital brand language and leading on a new design system.

Screenshots of website showing mobile and desktop view of a content page from the immigration section

with Minnie, Shakira, Kostas and the Public Advice team

It’s ok to

Poster to share workplace culture with newcomers to the Government Digital Service. Exhibited at the Vienna Biennale in 2017.

It’s ok to poster on the wall in the old GDS office

words by Giles and the comms team

GOV.UK Content Publisher

Consolidating multiple publishing apps into a new, accessible content management system for government departments.

Screenshots of CMS showing the tagging interface and a new post page

with Jeremy, Alex, Ben Hazel and the Publisher team

London Pride

Campaigns for LGBT+ Pride month in 2016 and 2017. Read about why we did it.

Posters showing quotes by LGBT+ people

with LGBT+ network members

GOV.UK Pay

Online payment platform for government services. Card details pattern is part of the GOV.UK Design System.

Mobile view of a payment page and desktop view of the transactions admin interface

with Stephen, Jon and the Pay team

GOV.UK Payment Links

Help departments to take online payments without building a digital service.

Gif of payment link creation flow

with Rory, Jon and the Pay team

Is Magazine

Limited edition independent magazine to showcase of art and visual culture. 6 issues from SS14 to AW16.

Image of open magazine spreads

Arabella London

Brand identity and logotype for new swimwear label.

Logo over abstract water image

with Justin Devon Moore

Previously

oct 2020–august 2021
Design and research, Common Knowledge

jan–may 2021
Service design and training, NHS Digital

with Clara Greo

jan 2021
Guest Lecturer, MA Graphic Media Design
London College of Communication

with Gemma as part of Common Knowledge

2019–2020
Product design, Citizens Advice

oct 2020
Speculative design, Digital Future Society

with Itziar and Shu

mar 2020
Workshop, SDinGov conference

with Clara Greo

dec 2019
Visual and content design, Good Digital Grantmaking
The National Lottery Community Fund

with Emily Bazalgette

2016–2019
Design, Government Digital Service

2014–2015
Graphic Design, Ennovators ecommerce

2014–2016
Designer and editor of independent arts magazine
Is Magazine

Education

2021–present
MA Ecology, Culture and Society (Sociology)
Goldsmiths

2018-2020
MA Critical and Creative Analysis (Sociology) Distinction
Goldsmiths

2011-2014
BA(Hons) Graphic Design 1st Class
University for the Creative Arts

Websites I’ve made with friends

some gallery thing

After Progress digital exhibition