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Stamp Designer Biographies
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Clarence Lee The Worm!

His Lunar New Year designs are one of the most popular series ever issued by the USPS.

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Clarence Lee

Clarence Lee

      Clarence Lee was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and was the president of Clarence Lee Design and Associates, Inc.

Lee attended Iolani School, Pomona College, and was a 1958 graduate of the prestigious design school at Yale University, School of Art & Architecture. He worked for the Lester Beall Design Group, 1959-1961 and joined the IBM Corporation in New York City, 1962-1965.

Lee returned to Hawaii in 1966 to establish his design firm and developed over 200 symbols in his productive and illustrious career. Clarence Lee Design Associates has earned the

reputation of being Hawaii's foremost graphic design firm. CLDA has created many of the islands' strongest brand identities, logos, annual reports and other projects then any other firm in
Hawaii. Lee was the recepient of numerious national and international awards and had been featured in national publications such as CA Magazine, IDEA Magazine and Print Magazine. Lee received the Hawaii Advertising Federation Silver Award for outstanding contributions to the advertising industry in 1987. Lee was also one of 128 designers in the USA to be invited to participate in the images of Survival Peace Poster project, exhibited in Washington, DC., Hiroshima, and Moscow.

In 2001 Lee was selected a Living Treasure by the Honpa Hongwanji Mission and was the reciepient of the prestigious Koa Award for lifetime achievement in the arts. Both awards marked the first time that a graphic designer had received such recognition.

In 1992, Lee was selected to design the first Chinese lunar stamp, "Year of the Rooster." (See Clarence Lee's stamp design link at the top of the page.) Following the phenominal sucess of the initial stamp it led to a 12 year commission to create the animal images in the lunar stamp series, one of the most popular series ever issued by the USPS. Each design was used on a new stamp from 1992 to 2004, and all 12 stamps were issued in 2005 and 2006.

Starting in 2008 a new series of Lunar Stamps were issued but these all still include a small version of Mr. Lees's cut paper designs.

Mr. Lee also designed the two 29c Crane stamps in 1994 and the 42c Olympic Summer Games stamp issued in 2008. He also designed the first USA-People's Republic of China joint-issue stamp issued in 1994. (Also pictured on his stamp page.)
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