Unknown Forms: GD in Seoul took place Summer 2019. View the archived class website.

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Class is out for the Summer!

Please inquire at chamamoto[at]cca.edu if you're interested in joining Summer 2020.


Graphic Design in Seoul Summer 2019

Students from California College of the Arts (CCA) will visit Seoul to conduct workshops, studio visits, and tour cultural sites. In an immersive two-week design experience students will be introduced to the vibrant and ascendent design culture of South Korea, and the uniquely ahistorical work being produced there today.

While quickly becoming one of the technology, fashion, and entertainment capitals of the world, Seoul also supports an experimental local design scene, one informed by the global exchange of ideas resulting from Korean designers going abroad and filtering Dutch, American, and Japanese design influences into their own sui generis approach to design.

Partnering with Hongik University, workshops and other activities will take place on Hongik campus, in addition to touring the city and offsite visits. During which CCA students will have the chance to interact with Korean students, professors, and designers. And attempt to distill an image of the contemporary graphic design in South Korea.

Class Activities

The course takes place in two parts. From July 7–22 in Seoul, and from August 12–16 in San Francisco.

While in Seoul the class will conduct workshops, studio visits, and cultural site visits. During their trip each student will interview one (or more) designer(s), and document their overall experience in a thoughtful way.

Back in San Francisco, we will work collectively to synthesize our workshop outcomes, interviews, and documentation into a group publication.

The following is schedule of activities and is subject to change:

Workshop Tutors

Sulki and Min

Choi Sulki and Choi Sung Min are graphic designers working around Seoul, Korea. Since 2005, they have created graphic materials for many cultural institutions and individuals, including National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA), Asia Culture Center, Munhakdongne, Mass Studies, Workroom Press, and the artists Sasa[44] and MeeNa Park. They have participated in numerous exhibitions in Korea and abroad. In 2014, they created a publication and exhibition Off-White Paper as part of the International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno. In the same year, they were shortlisted for the Hermès Foundation Missulsang. Their latest exhibition, Sulki and Min: Perigee 060421–170513, was held at Perigee Gallery, Seoul, in 2017. Their work is included in the permanent collections at the MMCA in Gwacheon, M+ in Hong Kong, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York, Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, and Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Since 2006, they have worked with Korean artists and writers to publish books and documents through their own Specter Press. Both Sulki and Min have widely taught, and have delivered lectures and workshops at such institutions as Brno Biennial, Ningbo International Graphic Design Design Biennial, Osaka University of Arts, China Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Yale University, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, as well as numerous schools in Korea. Sulki teaches at Kaywon School of Art & Design, and Min at the University of Seoul.

Sulki and Min

Minsun Eo

Minsun Eo is a designer based in New York, and full-time faculty member at Maryland Institute College of Art Graphic Design Program since 2017. He has taught at the City University of New York, Queens College. He operates design-research practice Minsun Eo Studio New York where he focuses on design methodologies that create design knowledge and system for cultural, commercial, and educational sector across contemporary media. He received an MFA Graphic Design at Rhode Island School of Design in 2013, and worked at 2x4 New York under the guidance of Michael Rock (2013–15). He led Hangeul Typography Workshop at MICA and summer workshop at HongIk University (Seoul) in 2018. Mr. Eo has been invited for visiting lectures by RISD, Boston University and others. Over the course of a decade he worked with Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT Press, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Graphic magazine, and many more. His work and interviews have been published in various media including Computer Arts. He received awards from Type Directors Club, Output, and more. Before moving to the United States, he worked at Hongdesign, TEXT for years after he graduated from Kookmin University.

Minsun Eo

Yejin Cho and Ju Hyun Kang

Initiated by Yejin Cho, kit is a design-based studio/laboratory which focuses on ‘an open manual for conveying experience’ in the field of art, design and education.

kit is not only doing graphic design works/Workit but also running diverse classes/Askit for majors and non-majors, as well as public education for children in schools and organizations with art education/Openkit. In addition to that, kit tries to keep developing manuals in relation to maps/Markit and mixology/Drinkit.

Yejin Cho held a BFA in Industrial Design at Konkuk University and her MFA in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) graduating in 2013. From 2007 to 2011, she worked with Monthly Design Magazine (Seoul, KR), Casco (Utrecht, NL), and Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, US). She has collaborated with Math Practice, Why not Smile, PIN-UP magazine and has also worked as an in-house designer at Laplaca Cohen (New York, US) and NOLGONG (Seoul, KR). All those experiences have influenced her significantly to shape the crucial agendas for kit.

Ju Hyun Kang is a graphic designer based in Seoul. He runs ‘Occupy The City’, the graphic design studio and at the same time poster shop located in Sewoon Arcade, Seoul. He publishes non-periodical publications on typography and graphic design 「Typozimmer」. Currently, he is an adjunct professor of communication design at Konkuk University. He also teaches typography and graphic design at other local universities in Seoul.

Yejin Cho
Ju Hyun Kang

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