Thursday, October 14 @ 5 – 6:15pm
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Professor Yeohyun Ahn is an award-winning artist, designer, educator, and researcher, integrating creative coding, digital fabrication, physical interaction, and diversity into spatial typography and graphic design. Having immigrated in the past two decades as a designer in America, her work explores awareness of social inequity, discrimination, and marginality. She leads several research projects: the interdisciplinary typography project TYPE+CODE; a multidisciplinary art and design project to bring awareness to Asian female faculty in America titled Social Homelessness on US campuses; Design for Social Belonging; and Extended Graphic Design. She currently develops computational graphic art for social homelessness being isolated and marginal in professional areas of American society.

Ahn was chosen as Design Incubation Fellow in 2017, the Juror’s Choice Award at IDEAS in 2015, and Graduate Fellowship from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2009. Her projects have been featured in the Washington Post, PRINT, New York Times Magazine, Letter Arts Review, Creator’s Project,, and more, and published in Graphic Design: the New Basics by Ellen Lupton and Jennifer Cole Phillips and Type on Screen by Ellen Lupton from Princeton Architectural Press, and Data-Driven Graphic Design by Andrew Richardson from Fairchild Books. Her work has been included in research papers from Leonardo, Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA) London, and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) VIS Arts Program. Her research has been presented to international organizations for the Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts (ISEA), American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), Society for Experiential Graphic Designs (SEGD), Alicante Design Education Forum in Spain, Atypi, TypeCon, and more. She has also been invited to as a speaker and exhibitor at worldwide conferences, including for the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (SIGGRAPH), ISEA, Artech Information Systems, IEEE Game, Entertainment, and Media technologies (GEM), etc.

Ahn holds an MFA in Graphic Design with specialization in Interactive Media from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, an MFA in Information Design with specialization in Graphic Art from Ewha Woman’s University, Seoul, South Korea, and a BS in Computer Science from Chungbuk National Universtiy, Cheongju, South Korea. She serves as committee member for the the Academic Task Force at the Society of Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD), Digital Engaged Learning (DEL) Conference, and IEEE VIS Art Program. She has worked as a freelance graphic artist for New York Times Magazine and taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago State University, and Valparaiso University. Currently, Ahn is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design and Interaction Design in the Art Department at the University of Wisconsin Madison.