Joy Chu has art directed and designed hundreds of books, working with many distinguished illustrators including Ed Young, Richard Jesse Watson, Debbie Tilley, Trina Schart Hyman, Frané Lessac, Jeanette Winter, Debra Fraser, Margot Zemach, Gerald McDermott, Chris Demarest, Barry Moser, David McPhail, Don and Audrey Wood, among others. Prior to running her own studio, she was art director at Harcourt Publishers in San Diego; and in-house designer at Holt, T.Y. Crowell and Knopf, all in New York City. Her work has been cited by the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA); the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI); the American Library Association (ALA); Bookbuilders West; the National Book Awards; Print, Step-by-Step Graphic and Publisher’s Weekly magazines.
She recently completed a comprehensive five-year project, the art direction and production of "The Gallaudet Children's Dictionary of American Sign Language," in collaboration with a dedicated team of illustrators, linguists and editors situated in San Diego, Brooklyn and Washington DC. In July 2015, she curated "Writing with Pictures," a multi-media exhibition that featured preliminary drawings, published art and videos by over 50 internationally-known Southern California picture book artists and writers, at the Museum of the California Center for the Arts in Escondido.