JENA MYUNG — Interview

Jena Myung is a graphic designer based in New York.

— Hello Jena how are you?

Doing good. Trying to slow down, these past few months have been by too fast.

— Can you introduce yourself?

I’m a graphic designer recently graduated from Art Center in LA. Just moved to New York in May where I work at Studio Lin and also do some freelance besides.

— Where does your interest in graphic and type design come from?

I’ve always processed and expressed thoughts visually the best. I appreciate being able to work ideas across so many mediums as graphic design is very open and varied. Type was definitely the way in for me though and also I simply like the act of composing something.

I luckily took font design while I was in school and it ended up being an extremely valuable experience. Drawing type gave me an understanding of letterforms I would have never gotten otherwise. It is very meditative and requires a different kind of focus for sure which I like. It’s a zone of pure form thinking. Lovely.

— Can you tell us more about your project Food Not Bombs?

It’s an identity for a movement that exists around the world. At the most basic, they pass out free food on the streets, but on a deeper level it’s about protesting issues such as food waste, poverty, war, and so on.

The idea was to create a really flexible system that people from wildly different backgrounds could all relate to while still keeping enough structure so that it could hold recognition and voice. Since the movement has different ways of manifesting itself, the result is a type based logo system that shifts to reflect different aspects of the FNB process. Had a lot of fun with the OOOOO’s as you can see.

— Do you have a favorite typeface?

No but there is something about my notes in TextEdit set in 16pt Berthold Akzidenz grotesk reg that I love.

— A designer that you admire?

I like the thinking and output of Julia Born’s work. Went to one of her talks and came away from it with good things.

— Is there a book which opened your eyes about design?

I keep going back to Tadanori Yokoo’s complete book designs for different reasons, but it’s been more of a collection of smaller moments from when instructors would bring books to class and talk through decisions made or materiality, etc.

— The last word…

It’s not working if you’re not having fun.

Pictures & projects by Jena Myung.

Interview: Dennis Moya and Tiffany Bähler, 08.16

Graphic Design