Hannah K. Lee came from two churchgoing Korean immigrants who settled in various suburbs of Los Angeles. After a year-long stint studying English and Comparative Literature at Occidental College, the very place where a young Barack Obama likely smoked his first doobie, she decided to move to New York to pursue a BFA in Illustration at Parsons The New School for Design, where she graduated with no particular honors in 2009. An affinity for language continues to inform her work, along with an appreciation for letterforms, experimental and formal alike.

Topics of interest in my body of work include Asian-American identity, mental states, womanhood, and religious baggage. Past subjects have included consumerism (Shoes Over Bills), ambition (Everyone Else Is Younger and More Talented), and emotional experience (Close Encounters).

I currently freelance at the New York Times as an Art Director for the Opinion section.

Drawings & Paintings
Language Barrier

Select zines and prints have been acquired by the libraries of the MoMA, Brooklyn Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum, The SF MoMA, and by the Library of Congress.

Much of these works were compiled into Language Barrier, a monograph published by Koyama Press in Fall 2017.

Client Work
Commercial Portfolio: Design, Art Direction, llustration & Lettering

Select client list: The New York Times, Facebook, Verso Books, Nautilus Magazine, The New Yorker, GQ, MIT Tech Review, Wired, Google

Recognition: Type Directors Club, Communication Arts, Society of Illustrators, American Illustration


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© Hannah K. Lee 2009-2018
Brooklyn, NY