Lisa Sy

Artist, Illustrator, Designer

Designer and illustrator
based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Lisa Sy is an artist, illustrator, and designer based in Oakland, California. She illustrates and writes stories, works as a Product Designer for Facebook's Events product, runs her webcomic Plurals and Noun, and manages a community art space in her living room.

She is also a board member of Oakland Digital, a non-profit in Oakland focused on empowering early-career creative professionals with relevant skills and practice, so that they can support local businesses with design support.

She graduated from Wesleyan University in 2013 with a B.A. in American Studies, concentrating on Race and Ethnic Studies. While a student, she founded and managed the premier student-run design agency called TypeClub. She was the only woman and non-engineer at Wesleyan's first hackathon in 2013.

  • — Email: lisasyis [at]
  • — Instagram: @lisasyart
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Artist Statement

Stories shape who we are, what we see, and how we see. Some stories get lost in translation, others stay on the margins. Working with text, pencil, and paint, I make these stories heard and seen. I notice and attend to what's usually unseen or unheard —a pause, a stillness — then, I direct caring attention towards this. I highlight the significance of people and moments that don't ask for loud attention, but deserve the dignity to be seen and experienced.


  • Facebook

    Product Designer on Events. Previously worked on content moderation, security, and safety.

    — Menlo Park, CA

    2015 - Now

  • thoughtbot

    Product Designer at software design and development agency. Full-stack product design and front-end development (HTML, CSS, Rails). Clients included Merck, Wootric, and Middleman App.

    — San Francisco, CA

    2013 - 2014

  • TypeClub

    Founder of Wesleyan University's premier student-run design agency. Managed team of eight peers to create branding, identity, and web design work for student and university organizations and initiatives.

    — Middleman, CT

    2012 - 2013

Exhibitions & Shows

  • East Bay Alternative Zine Festival

    — Oakland, CA


  • APAture Book Arts Showcase

    — San Francisco, CA


  • Bay Area Queer Zine Fest

    — Oakland, CA


  • San Francisco Zine Fest

    — San Francisco, CA



  • Wesleyan University

    Bachelor of Arts in American Studies (Ethnic Studies)

    — Middleman, CT


  • Carnegie Mellon University

    Full-scholarship recipient for Pre-College Summer Arts Program in Fine Arts

    — Pittsburgh, PA



  • Oakland Digital

    Board Member of community-based non-profit empowering early-career creatives with professional development, while bridging the digital literary gap for small-and-medium local businesses.

    — Oakland, CA

    2016 - Now

  • Untitled Apartment Gallery Project

    Founder and creator of an apartment community art space. Hosted multiple exhibits and shows to highlight emerging creative talent spanning multiple disciplines: fine art, printmaking, video installation, performance art, and poetry.

    — Oakland, CA

    2016 - Now



  • English, Cantonese, French