Cover Photo: Photograph courtesy of Sirin Thada
Photograph courtesy of Sirin Thada

Stirring Ideas to Life: Sirin Thada, Catapult Artist for May

By leaving her job as a lawyer and taking a leap of faith to become a full-time illustrator, Sirin Thada says, “I was finally honoring a part of me that had been there all along.”

Hearing about how Sirin got started and came to this life as an illustrator is an inspiring look at perseverance, dedication, and so much heart.

Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult; as featured in "Japanese Breakfast, a.k.a. Michelle Zauner, Talks with Noah Cho About Food, Family, and Grief"

Photograph courtesy of Sirin Thada

Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult; as featured in Pooja Makhiljani's "When My Daughter and I Moved in with My Parents, Making Ice Cream Brought Us Together"

Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult; as featured in Victoria Huynh's "Speak of the Dead: Seeking the Stories of My Refugee Family"

Photograph courtesy of Sirin Thada

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Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult; as featured in Christine Hyung-Oak Lee's "At My Urban Farm, I’m Growing My Family and Growing Our Sanctuary"

Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult; as featured in Anita Felicelli's "How Rachel Khong Built The Ruby, a Coworking Community for San Francisco Creatives"

Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult; as featured in Monique Laban's "'The Community Is Hurting': Why We Need to Talk About Colorism and Bias in Asian American Communities"

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Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult; as featured in Jenny Tinghui Zhang's "How My Korean Skincare Routine Protects Me in Wintery, White Wyoming"


Nicole is the Creative Director of Counterpoint Press, the Art Director of Catapult, and the co-founder of She Designs Books, an organization that celebrates women in book design. She was formerly VP, Creative Director at Hachette Book Group. 

Awards include a  Silver Cube from the Art Director's Club/The  One Show for Creativity, Communication Arts, Type Director's Club, AIGA/NY, HOW International Design, PRINT Regional Design, the New York Book Show, the National Gold Ink Awards, London International Creative Competition, STEP Design Magazine, and the Publishing Professionals Network.

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