Kindred Journey 44 – Jeanyee Wong
This was really fun for me to research because Jeanyee Wong was a type based artist and I love typography. Jeanyee was born in San Francisco in 1920 to Cantonese parents who then moved to the Bronx in NY when she was a child. She is said to have started drawing on any and everything when she was just 3. She studied Chinese calligraphy at a young age. Then she studied painting and sculpture at The cooper Union from 1938-1941. There she studied woodcut with Fritz Kredel and calligraphy with George Salter.
Jeanyee started as an apprentice of Kredel’s and began working on her own in 1941. The bulk of her work work has been in book publishing as she worked for Oxford University Press, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, Random House, Little Brown, Crown, Viking, Atheneum, Knopf, so many. She created type treatment, calligraphy, design, and illustration for many there. She also worked in advertising, created certificates, business cards, invitations, letter heads, etc. For many years she worked as a teacher at The New School, Pratt, and others I’m sure.
She is known for her design of the “Seventeen magazine, NY Public library, and Mad Magazine logos and her awards from AIGA and UNICEF. But she was also highly regarded among the Society of Scribes as a generous teacher of students. She worked from her early 20s up until her 80s I believe and her calligraphy and artwork is incredible. Excellent!
“You’re never perfect. You can always do something more and improve” – Jeanyee Wong (1920-2017)
Sources: JeanyeeWong.blogspot.com ( Alex Jay), Society of Scribes, Librarything.com
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