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Kyuha Shim

PhD Work


  • PhD


    School of Communication


    Visual Communication, 2013–2018

  • Kyuha Shim (Q) is a designer, educator and researcher, and Assistant Professor in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate level courses. He teaches core courses such as: Communication Design Studio: Designing SystemsDesign Lab and Interaction Design Lab

    Q works in the integrative and interdisciplinary realm of art, design and technology, with particular interest in the language of systematic and playful patterns in design and computation. Central to his practice is the use of data as the primary medium in creating complete, narrative systems informed and driven by computational thinking for design. 

    Prior to coming to Carnegie Mellon, he held faculty positions at the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence (2012-2013) and the Royal College of Art, London (2014). He has guest lectured and taught at numerous schools including Central Saint Martins (UAL), Kingston University, London College of Communication (UAL), Kingston University, Hongik University, Seoul National University and Samsung Art and Design Institute (SADI). Also, he worked as a design researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht (NL) and as a research fellow (Data Visualization Specialist) at MIT’s SENSEable City Laboratory

    His work and research has been featured internationally (e.g. Design ObserverWiredTypornIDPURE and GRAPHIC). He has received honors for his work from ADAA, AIGA, core77, Graphis, red dot, iF, IEEE, istd, Spark and output. His work has been exhibited in various museums and galleries such as Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York, Design Museum in Helsinki, National Museum of the Republic in Brasilia, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Korea and ggg Gallery in Tokyo and has also been shown in the international design festivals such as Beijing Design Week, Typojanchi Biennial and Seoul Design Olympic. 

    Q is in the process of completing his PhD in the School of Communication at Royal College of Art, London. He holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a BFA from Hongik University, Korea.

  • Degrees

  • MFA, Rhode Island School of Design, 2012
  • Experience

  • Researcher, Frans Marceel Centrum, B; Design Researcher, Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, Netherlands. 2013–14; Research Fellow / Data Visualisation Specialist, MIT SENSEable City Lab, Massachusetts, USA, 2012–13
  • Exhibitions

  • AGI; National Design Triennial, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, New York, USA, 2016.; GráficosRCA: 50 and Beyond. National Museum of the Republic in Brasilia. 2015.; Typojanchi C()T(). International Typography Biennial 2015.; Graphic Symposia. Modern Museum of Contemporary Art in Korea. 2015.