Upon completing a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering, and with an interest towards form and emotion, Yung Kim decided to study Design as a second major. After graduation, he started his own design studio in Seoul, working primarily with product design, UI/UX design and branding projects. After 7 years of experience in the industry, Yung Kim began to question the role and definition of design, leading him to leave his studio and move to Sweden.
While enrolled in the 2-year Masters Program in Design at Konstfack, Yung Kim began to explore the possibilities of the expansion of designerly thinking and methods. Post-humanism, nature-culture and human-environment relationships were his primary interest, initiating his project Pixels of Shadows.
“See what is seen, not what you have to see or want to see. Be bold enough to flow along with the vagueness.”
— Jin-Seok Choi, lecturer on Laozi and Daoism
It is natural for humans to produce the artificial. Human activities leave traces on the Earth, which become deeply implanted in the environment that we live in. Daoism suggests to focus on the present, a complex flow producing patterns of humans. How can designerly methods contribute to understand and feel the reality of today, instead of guessing and speculating the future?
East-Asian concepts and formgiving languages are used to test the possibility of a local originality within the Western based discipline. Instead of LED screens and glossy surfaces, softer materials such as handcrafted paper and wood are used for the front screens. A Korean concept within traditional architecture, to be in harmony and connected with nature and the environment, is the core of the design concept and visual language.