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Finding inspiration through cultures

Everyone has a different way of thinking, especially amongst different cultures. Every culture has different traditions and values they hold and have been exposed to different lifestyles which varies from person to person. Personally, growing up as a Korean-American was challenging, however, it has taught me to embrace and appreciate both cultures. Through those experiences, I find inspiration; not only in my daily life, but also in my design growth.

There are many Korean designers who influence my work, but one is Na Kim. She is a graphic designer based in Amsterdam. A big part of her work comes from personal research. She experiments on several ideas, such as overturning a designers’ role, tension in hierarchy of form and content. She created a series of design magazines called Umool Umool, which is strictly experimental. Her style of work is very playful, using a lot of vibrant colors and shapes. I find it interesting to hear her thought-process behind her work in her interviews, which helps me approach my designs in a newer perspective.



  1. galakeel wrote:

    I think culture is the what inspire and push artists to create conversations with viewers. Because with other circumstances, culture is what create who we are.

    Monday, October 8, 2018 at 4:53 pm | Permalink
  2. jriley20 wrote:

    I strongly agree, I have always thought that cultures surround themselves with different interests and it’s the experiences that designers have in the cultures that expose them to the ideas they have. The designers imagination is the accumulation of experiences from the culture they live in. When a designer exposes themselves to a new culture, they develop new ideas because of the new things they witness.

    Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 11:07 am | Permalink
  3. yhassen wrote:

    This was well said. Culture really does help inspire us and I think its good know about others.

    Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 8:38 pm | Permalink