Kyuha Shim

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Kyuha Shim (Q) is a designer, researcher, and educator based in Pittsburgh. He is an Associate Professor in the School of Design and Director of Computational Creativity Lab at CMU. He serves as a Steering Committee Member for the Design Educators Community (DEC) of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and Education Director of AIGA Pittsburgh. Recently, he collaborated on a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) supported design research and publication, Code as Creative Medium (Levin and Brain, 2021), for which he also contributed an essay titled, 'Notes on Computational Book Design'. GRAPHIC #37: Introduction to Computation (ed. Shim, 2016), a collection of his conversations and interviews with graphic design practitioners and researchers on computation has recently been published. Previously, Shim worked as a research fellow (Data Visualization Specialist) at MIT’s SENSEable City Laboratory (2012–2013) in Cambridge, MA, and as a researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academie (2013–2014) in Maastricht, Netherlands. He has been awarded residencies and fellowships at Frans Masereel Centrum (2017) in Kasterlee, Belgium, Facebook's Analog Research Lab (2019) in Menlo Park, CA, and Design Incubation: Research in Communication Design (2021). He also worked as a designer at LUST (2011) in The Hague, Netherlands, and Vinyl-i (2009–2010) in Seoul, Korea. 

He conducted doctoral research in Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art, holds an MFA with honors in Digital+Media from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA in Digital Media Design from Hongik University. Shim works in the integrative and interdisciplinary realm of art, design, and technology, with a particular interest in the language of systems. Central to his practice and research is the use of computational thinking as a methodology for design in creating generative systems informed and driven by data. His work and research have been featured internationally (e.g., AIGA Eye on Design, Design Observer, GRAPHIC, IDPURE, Typeroom, Walker Art Center's Gradients, Wired) and he has received numerous honors from Adobe Design Achievement Awards, A'Design, The American Institute of Graphic Arts, core77, Graphis, red dot Design Award, iF Design Award, IEEE, International Design Awards, International Society of Typographic Designer, The Association of Registered Graphic Designers, The Society of Typographic Arts, Spark, Type Directors Club (New York & Tokyo) and Output Award. He has exhibited internationally in museums and galleries including Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York, Miller Institute of Contemporary Art in Pittsburgh, National Museum of the Republic in Brasilia, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, and ggg Gallery in Tokyo and in design festivals such as Open AGI, Beijing Design Week, Dubai Design Week, London Design Festival, Typojanchi (International Typography Biennial) and Seoul Design Olympic.