Una Lee is a graphic designer and community organizer based in Toronto. Using interdisciplinary and participatory processes, she works with communities to envision and build a more just and beautiful world.
Una practices critical making, which is rooted in resistance but focused on building. She believes that a designer's task is to imagine and give form to better futures through collaborative and strategic problem-solving, and that this makes them instrumental to social movements. Una works with communities and designers to organize creative contexts that are transformative at individual, relational and community levels. She has helped women make their first videogames and activists design their first posters.
Una's designs have been stuffed in neighbourhood mailboxes, presented at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, used to successfully exert political pressure on the Canadian House of Commons, and remixed in local community organizing efforts across Canada and the US. Her pieces have picked up a few awards along the way.
A graduate of the University of Toronto and George Brown College, Una worked as a lead designer at Pylon before co-founding the social good design studio The Public. In 2011 she established an independent design practice.
Photo: Voltaire Ramos