Chris Lee is a graphic designer and educator based Buffalo, NY, and Toronto, ON. 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, Grunt Gallery, the Aga Khan Museum, The New York Times, and Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons, among others.
Chris’ research explores graphic design’s entanglement with power, standards, and legitimacy. He has contributed projects and writing to Amalgam, Neshan, Decolonising Design, the Journal of Aesthetics & Protest, Graphic, Volume, and Counter Signals and has 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 has exhibited his own research-based design work internationally and as a member of the working group Collective Question which coalesced around research about Tolstoy College, an anarchist educational community within UB SUNY. He is a graphic design research fellow of Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam (2017/18), and a participant of the fifth edition of the Summer University of the Bibliotheque Kandinsky at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, and his work is in the permanent collection of SFMOMA. He is co-guest-editor of issue 141 of C magazine 141 on the theme of “Graphic Design” with Ali Shamas Qadeer.