Jiwon Park / Founder, Director

Jiwon Park is a designer, entrepreneur, educator, and a social catalyst who wish to devote her enthusiasm and hard-working spirit to create meaningful contribution to society. She holds BFA in Visual Communication Design from Ewha Women’s University, and MFA in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design, as a Fulbright Scholar sponsored by the US Department of State. Jiwon has been involved in diverse careers both in private and public sector. She was a Visual Designer at Samsung Electronics (Design Membership), Co-Founder of Seoul-based design studio DAREZ Inc., and Designer at London-based branding consultancy Brand Environment Ltd. She is a Co-founder of a social enterprise, 1/2 PROJECT and designed a new type of donation system. Her work was recognized by 16 international design awards, and shown in various publications and exhibitions. She currently teaches at The University of Texas at Austin.

Yoon Bahk / Founder, Director

Yoon Bahk is a multidisciplinary designer who is comfortable with mixing with many disciplines ranging from art to music to engineering and more. Her experience and network from studying Innovation Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art and at Industrial Design at KAIST supports this kind of practice in a wide variety of fields. After having practiced as a freelance designer for several years she now runs her own studio in London, Studio Jammo, alongside working as a tutor at the RCA. At the RCA and at Studio Jammo, Yoon focuses on interdisciplinary collaboration. Her personal interest in graphic communication and storytelling aims to facilitate this collaboration and she is currently working on an archiving project for graphic facilitation.

Local Partners

Seoul Design Foundation & Seoul Metropolitan Government

Seoul Design Foundation aims to strengthen Seoul’s design capacity by unfolding various projects to promote Seoul’s design industry and spread design culture based on its major facilities including Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Dongdaemun History & Culture Park, Seoul Design Support Center and 4 sub-centers.

Rock City Foundation

Rock City Foundation is a Cape Town based creative consultancy that integrates design thinking and the application and practice of sustainable design methodologies to develop a high-quality outcome that will improve the life standards of others. RCF was founded in 2012 by Suné Stassen, an independent creative consultant, project manager, design education specialist and content developer, and Andrea Grant Broom, a communication design educator with an extensive background in branding and strategy in the graphic design industry. Between the two of them they have been involved with a number of initiatives such as the Loeries Creative Future Scholarship; the SABS Panel of Design Experts; the Academy of Creative & Leadership Excellence, a flagship programme of MODILA (Museum of Design, Innovation, Leadership and Art) to mention a few and specialise in social upliftment through education, the health care sector, economic empowerment, literacy and environmental sustainability.

Sponsors and Supporters

Korean Ministry of Knowledge Economy (MKE)

The Ministry of Knowledge Economy (MKE) strives to assemble traditional industrial know-how, cutting edge R&D, and strong pro-business policies. MKE is an integrated composition of former Ministries of Commerce, Industry and Energy; Information and Communication; and Science and Technology. This combination provides a vast array of experts to create synergies, spur innovation, and upgrade the nation’s economy.

Korea Institute of Design Promotion (KIDP)

KIDP is an organizations set up to contribute to the development of the National economy, and the improvement of the quality of life for all Korean citizens by promoting R&D activities pertaining to design and implementing projects to promote design in effective and systematic ways.

Next Generation Design Leaders

The Next Generation Design Leaders Program, funded by the Korean Ministry of Knowledge Economy and by KIDP, was launched with the dedicated role of helping talented creative designers from all fields of design, who have potential to represent Korean design. Through this program, fund up to $40,000 is granted for the 1st year selected designers’ projects. And additional fund of $100,000 is granted for those designers selected for the 2nd year.

Special Thanks to

A former founding member Jeeyong An, and MANIFESTO Architecture P.C. for the initial supports.
Seoul based Creative Design Lab Darez Inc. for financial and managing supports.
New York based Online Fashion Start-up, StyleSays.com for technical supports.
An award-winning film producer Thomas Burns for directing and producing the DCD@CT documentary.