“I’m not sure if my approach to design is very unique. It is pretty straight-forward with lots of research, brain storming and sketching. I do consider myself a conceptual designer, so all three of those things are pretty important to my process.“
When and where were you born?
Seoul Korea (raised in Minneapolis, MN)
Where do you currently live and work?
I live and work in Chicago, IL.
How long have you been practicing your craft?
I graduated from MCAD (Minneapolis College of Art & Design) in 2006, and right after that I moved to Chicago and interned at a great studio named Some Odd Pilot. A few months later I headed to Milan, Italy and got my Master’s degree in Visual Communications. When I got back to the states I started my career in graphic design with a small design firm, Costello Communications.
What inspires you?
I am very detail oriented, so I appreciated the smaller more subtle things in nature.
How would you describe your style /approach?
I’m not sure if my approach to design is very unique. It is pretty straight-forward with lots of research, brain storming and sketching. I do consider myself a conceptual designer, so all three of those things are pretty important to my process.
What has been a defining moment in your career?
I think it was when I decided I wanted to be a full-time freelance designer. I’m really happy I worked at the studio I did for over 3½ years, but I needed to explore more and I wanted to try my hand at a few entrepreneurial projects I had been putting off.
What are your future plans?
I recently launched my surface design studio and online store, called No Ocean, so trying to market and get that off the ground is my main focus. I’m planning on doing a couple of trade shows next year, which will be a completely new experience for me.
Can you leave us with some parting words or advice?
If you are coming right out of school and think you would eventually like to end up freelancing, I would suggest working at a small agency or studio first versus a large design firm. I don’t think I would be able to design as well or run the business side of things without that experience. At a large agency you might not get as well-rounded of an experience. I know a lot of designers that have never written a proposal or went on press checks or really know how to talk with clients because they were only given one task, and that was to design.
Where can people learn more about you and purchase your work?
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