Jordan Wong

PTW21-JORDAN-WONG

GRAPHIC DESIGNER & ILLUSTRATOR
WONGFACE, CLEVELAND OH

Jordan Wong (WONGFACE) is an artist who loves to inspire and delight others through illustration and graphic design. He is fascinated with moments of triumph found in Asian art (namely Japanese anime and manga), comic books, and video games. These inspirations have fueled the creation of large-scale illustrative installations and public artwork throughout the city of Cleveland. Jordan has also exhibited work at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and is scheduled for a solo exhibition at the Akron Art Museum in 2021. He is the president of AIGA Cleveland, designer for SPACES (an arts organization and resource), and a featured member of the Institute of Possibility.

Has the pandemic changed your workplace and your workflow? Do you expect to return to pre-pandemic ways of working or will any changes become the ‘new normal’?

I am very fortunate and privileged to continue doing creative work during a time when millions of people are losing their lives and suffering. This pandemic has presented the opportunity for me to look inward, take stock, and show more gratitude for what I have: incredibly supportive people that have entrusted me with their places and spaces, the sides of their buildings, and to share with those they serve and care for. My working days have not changed that much, but my appreciation for those I get to work with has deepened tremendously.

What do you expect 2021 to hold for graphic designers and the design business? Have the challenges of 2020 changed the way you think about your job and career or the role of design?

This year has reopened our eyes to how easily constructs like “routine” and “security” can be disrupted. A brighter future is going to require more empathy, kindness, generosity, ingenuity, and imagination in everything we do.

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