Design in South Korea

In early May my husband (industrial designer) and I (graphic designer) took a trip to South Korea, to visit a graphic designer friend we met in graduate school as well as check out the countryside of South Korea and design scene in Seoul. As you can imagine we met so many wonderful people and saw many beautiful and culturally rich sights. It changed and inspired our design sensibilities and motivated us in new ways to explore ourselves as designers and human beings. Below are just a few photos I'll share about some of the design highlights of our trip. 

"We love pattern!" My husband and I at the Gyeongbokgung Palace enjoying the incredibly detailed and colorful ceilings. 

"We love pattern!" My husband and I at the Gyeongbokgung Palace enjoying the incredibly detailed and colorful ceilings. 

My husband and our graphic designer friend, Kahon Hong whom we met in graduate school at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She took us to the Jogyesa Temple in Seoul for Buddha's Birthday celebration where they hang hundreds of lanterns with people's wishes on them. 

My husband and our graphic designer friend, Kahon Hong whom we met in graduate school at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She took us to the Jogyesa Temple in Seoul for Buddha's Birthday celebration where they hang hundreds of lanterns with people's wishes on them. 

Zack and I visited a Hanji paper store, the traditional hand-made paper of South Korea. We bought some to bring home with us to the States!

Zack and I visited a Hanji paper store, the traditional hand-made paper of South Korea. We bought some to bring home with us to the States!

A stunning combination of nature and typography. 

A stunning combination of nature and typography. 

We visited this wonderful letterpress and book bindery shop called "Portfolio" located in Seoul's Insadong. The owners gave us a tour of their studio and equipment and ran us through some samples of their work. They were very genuine and kind and it was a visit we will never forget. 

We visited this wonderful letterpress and book bindery shop called "Portfolio" located in Seoul's Insadong. The owners gave us a tour of their studio and equipment and ran us through some samples of their work. They were very genuine and kind and it was a visit we will never forget. 

We were given a tour of the art gallery at Sookmyung Women's University in Seoul. Here is an example of the many uses of Hanji, South Korea's traditional hand-made paper. It can be rolled up and woven into baskets. 

We were given a tour of the art gallery at Sookmyung Women's University in Seoul. Here is an example of the many uses of Hanji, South Korea's traditional hand-made paper. It can be rolled up and woven into baskets.