about

 

Janya — Tanya with a J 

Menges — G like ginger

 

An Art Director's eye. A Designer's process. A Strategist's mind.

 

TidBits:

I graduated from ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, with a BFA in Graphic Design, with an emphasis in Transmedia — designing across media.

 

I'm an avid traveler and have visited sixteen countries including being born in Singapore, raised in Thailand, studied abroad in London, selected for Sustainable Summer School in Germany, and now living in Los Angeles.

 

Documentaries are awesome. It's the missing education I never received in school.

 

I'm obsessed with dada, punk, and concept art. Maybe it's the inner rebel in me that love how these movements went against the norm at the time.

 

My top heroes are Tibor Kalman, Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood, Jamie Reid, Karel Martens, Brian Roettinger, Wim Crouwel, Irma Boom, Sol LeWitt, Herbert Matter, Jessica Walsh, Rei Kawakubo, John Baldessari, Jean Paul Goude, and Jeff Greenspan. 

 

Cooking informs my creative process — ingredients, preparation, presentation, and experience. I love trying new foods because it expands my palette, and evolves my process by being open to ingredients/ideas around me.

 

In 2005, I volunteered to build houses for tsunami victims in southern Thailand. I realized every small role makes a difference even if it's leveling concrete in a corner or passing water bottles around.

 

I taught English once a week at a Thai orphanage during middle school. The experience taught me how to breakdown and communicate information for someone who doesn't know anything about the subject.

 

Want to share things about you? Email janya@janyamenges.info