Today we’d like to introduce you to Amy Fang.
Hi Amy, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
Looking back now, it all really began with my grandfather, who taught me art at an early age. I grew up around ink drawings and Chinese brush calligraphy; the latter morphed into a love for typography that only grew while I studied at UCLA’s Design Media Arts program. Since then, I’ve explored the impact of language through experimental typography and lettering in forms such as bookmaking, physical installations, and even mediums such as virtual reality. My love for experimental design within the arts feels wholly inseparable from my childhood and who I am as a person, and I have been fortunate enough to work with some of my favorite design studios as well as clients within the arts in the earliest stages of my career (hopefully more to come!).
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I’m not sure if any creative artist has had a smooth road—one of the biggest struggles for me has been, in a post-grad sense, finding the right context for my work to live in. Somewhere halfway throughout my university education, I transitioned from a fine arts-driven approach, creating a lot of conceptual and intimate pieces, to a more commercial and client-based practice. I’m still trying to draw more of my older approach into my work, to find the perfect balance of working with exciting collaborators while using a narrative/style that feels true to myself.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a graphic designer who specializes in letterforms, in artist books, and in any type of work within the realm of arts and culture, fashion, and music, etc. Within my work, I’m most proud of my books that push the boundaries of what print and what graphic design can be—books that are more experiential art objects than anything else, that use new technologies to challenge the medium (for example, a book that pairs real-life images with artificially generated ones, that uses AI technology to form the contents of the book).
So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
One thing I’ve been really looking forward to is collaborating with other artists such as photographers or musicians on design work, but please reach out for anything or even just to chat!
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.amyfang.work
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/az.fang/?hl=en
Lauren Kim, Dylan Han