Hyunhak Yoon

MA work

Being a Dictator in the Digital Age

This project, Being a Dictator in the Digital Age, which is about a Syrian dictator, Bashar al-Assad, shows how a dictator and his regime can be manipulative through the Internet and social media. Also, the project juxtaposes the two parallel situations in Syria, questioning how we can see politically unfamiliar situations in the world through digital media. 

A film in the exhibition will show how a leader invents a lie and orchestrates the Internet as a tool for a dictatorship, depicting the light figure of the dictator. In a publication, wider contents about autocratic use of the Internet and social media give a deeper point of view to look through the Syrian issue.


  • MA Degree


    School of Communication


    MA Visual Communication, 2016

  • As a graphic designer, I am interested in socio-political issues around the world. Specifically, the issue of dictatorships, which are unfamiliar to me due to my cultural background. Capturing landscapes of these issues with a critical point of view, I deal with controversial stories on varied subjects. Then I encapsulate and design my research to shape outcomes as publications, posters and other forms of graphic design.

  • Degrees

  • BFA Industrial Design, Hongik University, Seoul, South Korea, 2014
  • Conferences

  • RDP Symposium, Royal College of Art, London, 2015
  • Publications

  • Normalising the Abnormal, GRAPHIC, #36, 2016, 41