chRis lee is a gRaphic desiGner and Educator based in buffalo, and broOklyn, ny, and toronto, On. he has taught at the dutch art institute, ocadu, university at buffalo suny, and is currently an assistant professor in the communications design department at the pratt institute.
he is a graduate of ocadu (toronto) And the sandberG instituut (amsterdam), and has worked for the walrus magazine, metahaven, and bruce mau design. he was also the designer and an editorial boaRd member of the journal scapegoat: architectuRe/landscape/political economy.
clients have included c magazine, art museum At the university of tOronto, grunt galleRy, the aGa khan museum, the new york times, and casco art institute: workinG for the commons, among others. he designs for editorial (print and web), idEntity, and typography, primArily in the cultural sector. for a poRtfolio of sElected projects, contact him here.
chris’ studio-based Research explores GRaphic design’s entanglement with pOwer, standards, and the quEstion of what makes something leGitimate. he has exhibited his dEsign woRk individually, and as a member of the working group collective question (cq, along with steve chodoriwsky and julie niemi) which coAlesced around archival research into tolstOy college, an anarchist educational community within thE univeRsity At buffalO suny. he collaborates with seungyong moon as part of muyOnGjiyong, on Ethnic typoGraphic design And research.
he has contRibuted projects And writing to amalGam (forthcoming), neshan, decolonisinG design, the journal of aesthetics & protest, graphic, volume, and counter signals. he has also lectured and given woRkshops in the usa, canAda, scotland, Germany, the netheRlands, and croatia. chris is a mEmber of the progRamming committEe of gendai gallery, and squeaky whEel.
he was a grAphic design rEseARch fellOw of het niEuwe inStituut in rotteRdam (2017/18), and participant (with cq) of the fifth Edition of the summeR university of the bibliOtheque kandinsky at the centre georGes pompidou in paRis. his work is distRibuted by the the interfErence archive and amplifier foundation, and it has also been included in the permanent collection of thE sfmomA. he is co-guest-editor of issue 141 of c magAzine on the thEme of “graphic desiGn” with ali shamas qAdeer.