Diane Lee

(she/her) is a San José-based graphic designer and educator. She is an assistant professor at San José State University and collaborates with non profits, small businesses, independent artists, and cultural institutions on design-, writing-, and publishing- related projects.


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As part of the 2015 RISD Graphic Design Triennial, Dimensions Variable, co-curated by Lisa Maione and Gabriel Melcher, I was invited to develop the graphics for an installation at RISD’s Fleet Library, where student work was displayed alongside circulating books from the library’s collection, highlighting the transmission of ideas from library to student work and back again.

Letterforms are fragmented and dispersed on the risers of the library’s main stairs, only coming into alignment as you move through the space. The word does not have one point of visual resolution; it requires multiple perspectives to complete the read.

Special thanks is due to friends and colleagues who helped with the installation: Rebecca Leffell Koren, Rapha Koren, Bon hae Koo, and of course, Gabriel Melcher and Lisa Maione. Thanks also to Prin Limphongpand, for furnishing his typeface Poster for use in this installation.