MOTIVATION

My Background & Research Interests

Before embarking on my masters degree, I studied electrical engineering and worked as a software research engineer at Samsung Electronics – my focus was on the user interface for the next generation mobile phones. After having experience in technology, I studied visual communication design at SADI(Samsung Art&Design Institute) to take a new leap as a designer. This unique background enabled me to cultivate a perspective that considers both design and technology.

Stemming from this multidisciplinary background, I became interested in the synergy between design and technology. I am fascinated by the ways that evolving technologies can enrich art and design. My work is compelled by the exploration of a balance between aesthetic value and technology with logical structure.

With that motivation in mind, my main research topics are user interface, typography and data visualization. Currently, my work is focused on projects that explore new possibilities in evolving mobile media.

Much of my work can be connected by this question: how can the cold and rigid top-notch technologies be turned into warmer and friendlier interfaces? For example, my Twitter client application for iPad ‘Twit Knoll’ presents an experimental interface design that replaces the 2-dimensional list structure of Twitter with a warm, 3d environment that expresses tweets through fun, inviting characters. I see mobile platforms and the web as a digital canvas ready to be played with – an infinite space for creativity.


Love for Typography and Mobile Platforms

As a child I was into doodling the logos of companies and movie titles on my textbooks. I was attracted by gorgeous curves and lines of the letter forms of logos and how they expressed the company’s identity. I was especially interested in sketching logos and product brands for IT companies such as Intel, AMD, HP and nVIDIA. On occasion at the arcade, I was fascinated by the letter forms that were used in the games.

Typography was one of the most important reasons why I started study graphic design. It has been a wonderful experience endulging in the beautiful typefaces around me.

My childhood fascination with typography led it to become one of the most important reasons why I chose to study graphic design. Noticing the beautiful typfaces around me became one of my greatest enjoyments in life. However, I also maintained the passions and skills that came from my previous background as a mobile software engineer. And it is this background that began interested in evolving new mobile platforms. As a programmer, I mainly focused on technological aspect of mobile devices. But now, as a designer, I want to explore design possibilities of mobile media. For the designer in me, mobile platforms are digital canvas that can be filled with my ideas and creativity. I can plan, design, develop and publish my own ideas. I can share them throughout the world.

The technological evolution in mobile devices, such as high resolution display and touch screen interface, gives us much more design possibilities than ever. The existence of this kind of technological environment directed my particular interest in typography towards the possibilities of displaying and exploring text on high resolution displays with touch-responsive interfaces.

Love for organizing information and education

A fundamental motif and theme for my works is delivering information in a visual, aesthetic way. That is one of the reasons why I wrote the book ‘iCan iPhone4 Programming,’ which I also did the editorial design and graphic artworks for, the way that I did: to convey complex information in a clear, easy to understand, visual language.

Another example of this love for organizing information and documenting also can be found in the materials I designed for the ‘Creativity & Computation Lab’ class that I taught (http://www.dongyoonpark.com/cclab). As a consequence of these experiences designing education materials, I furthered my interest in ways of delivering information towards learning with emerging mobile platforms. I began to focus on typography education.