STORY

Early Years

A magna cum laude graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in Advertising and Marketing Design, Jack CK Chen also attended School of Visual Arts and Old Dominion University, with emphasis in sculpture, graphic arts, and marketing. A visual artist and graphic designer by training, Jack was an early adopter of multimedia art, interactive ‘new media’ and web design in the mid-1990s, and has over twenty years of experience as a multidisciplinary designer.

Meeting a Design Titan

In 1993, just a couple of weeks shy of his graduation, Jack accompanied a fellow classmate to the Art Directors Club, which held an annual portfolio review. Jack met the eminent, corporate branding legend of CBS Television Lou Dorfsman at one such table. Upon Lou’s review of Jack's logo design work on Porcelain House and the Box Company, he invited Jack to intern for him at his studio, which was in the William S. Paley Building, an office tower of The Museum of Television & Radio.

Within a span of ten years, Lou and Jack worked on hundreds of sketches on logos, including iterations on the CBS eye for a poster for another design legend Yusaku Kamakura, logo design for Saul Bass, and other special projects. Since the internship was unpaid, Jack was recruited and hired to work for the Museum. Lou also sponsored Jack as a professional member of the Art Directors Club that same year. Jack was instrumental in restructuring and formalizing the MTR brand with Lou's guidance and support, and Paley Center brand with Landor Associates.

A Humble Beginning

In 1993, Jack joined The Museum of Television & Radio, a bicoastal institution (a mirror-facility located in Beverly Hills, California) as in-house print designer, subsequently named Senior Associate Designer in 1994. He managed and directed all art and design projects while overseeing freelance designers and interns for print publications, gallery exhibits, and outdoor displays. He remains closely involved with the information architecture of the Center’s website, the Library interface, and public space kiosks.

From 1995 to 2000, Jack served as Art Director and oversaw the design and development of MTR’s web and print publications. One of his many contributions was to create MTR’s earliest presence on the Internet, hand programming the Museum’s first web pages. His typographic knowledge is complemented with over twenty years of prepress and post-production experience; and an extensive knowledge of project management. His solid print background encompasses advertising, annuals, brochures, schedules, newsletters, corporate identity, signage, exhibits, and multimedia presentations. He continues to develop and re-envisioned many of the Center’s online initiatives.

New Name and Directions

Since assuming his current role as Design Director of The Paley Center for Media in 2001, Jack continues to shape the corporate communications and public promotions. Through an exciting rebranding effort in 2005 with Landor Associates, he has established immense change in the Center’s design process, the way old media and new media function and relate to one another, and the various distinct entities and tiers under the new Paley identity. The annual PaleyFest event is one of the most globally recognized consumer brand in Entertainment today.

Today and Beyond

In addition to his professional and academic accomplishments, Jack is also known for his contribution to numerous nonprofit organizations and has served as graphic design juror for Art Directors Club's inaugural Young Guns, and in other regional and national design competitions. His designs have also been featured in HOW & Print Magazines, Laurel Harper's book Radical Graphics/Graphic Radicals, among other publications. He resides in New York City with two doodles.