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About


MICHELLE KIM

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About


MICHELLE KIM

I am a visual storyteller that solves problems through effective communication design.

 

CURRENTLY BASED IN

Sunny Los Angeles working as the Creative Director at a tech startup.

 
 
 

ABOUT ME

I’m a creative director, designer, and fine artist. I specialize in interactive, print design and mixed media. I have over 14 years of experience bringing designs to life for a variety of clients ranging from tech, advertising, publishing, e-commerce, B2B/B2C and fashion.

I suffered from a severe case of wanderlust and spent close to a decade learning my trade abroad. In London, I studied at University of the Arts London at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design for my MA in Communication Design, and became a designer in the British publishing industry for several years. 

In Amsterdam, I worked as a designer at the powerhouse advertising agency, Lemon Scented Tea working on projects for key clients such as Heineken, Adidas and The Sugar Factory.

In Italy, I studied typography at Scuola Internazionale di Grafica Venezia. I cultivated my obsession with the letterform and am a typography fanatic at heart.

In Washington, DC I completed my BFA in Graphic Design at the Corcoran College of Art + Design. My education there includes 35mm shooting/developing, painting, mixed-media art and, of course, graphic design. I received scholarship from the College for academic excellence and a scholarship grant from the Washington DC Womens group.

I named my website ‘iheartgrid’, after my love for the asymmetrical sensibilities of Swiss design. My design approach is always supported through grid-based and thoughtful design concepts.

I also love books. Really, really, love books.

My self-produced book THE SOCIAL CONTRACT — part of my Master's Degree thesis — was selected as 1 of 73 book designs to be part of the inaugural edition of ART IN BOOK, a collection of the world's outstanding creative book designs. It was published and distributed worldwide by Sendpoints Publishing Company.

I also designed 2 New York Time's Best-selling coffee table art books, BEACHES and ESCAPE for fine-art photographer, Gray Malin. Both books were published by Abrams Books and distributed worldwide with a Korean publisher also releasing a mini version of BEACHES. BEACHES is currently still an Amazon Bestseller 2 years after initial release (released 2016).

When I'm not married to my computer screen, I like to get my hands dirty with art projects or playing with any four-legged furry creature or finding the next best donut. 

Get in touch if you'd like to collaborate! I'd love to hear from you.

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Education


Education


EDUCATION

 

GRADUATE

MA COMMUNICATION DESIGN

UNIVERSITY OF ARTS, LONDON

CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS COLLEGE OF ART + DESIGN,
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM

 

UNDERGRADUATE

BFA GRAPHIC DESIGN

CORCORAN COLLEGE OF ART + DESIGN,
WASHINGTON, DC

 

UNDERGRADUATE SUPPLEMENTAL TYPOGRAPHY DEEP COURSE

BFA STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM

SCUOLA INTERNAZIONALE DI GRAFICA,
VENICE, ITALY

 

UNDERGRADUATE COLLEGE COURSE

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY,
WASHINGTON, DC

SOCIOLOGY + PSYCHOLOGY COLLEGE COURSE