BFA Student Profile Series: Hyunjoo

Each week we will be featuring a student from our class for our Student Profile Series, where you can get to know more about the person both inside and outside of the classroom.

It’s pretty amazing how Hyunjoo Pak manages to balance the rigorous schedule of the BFA program along with one of the hardest jobs there is out there, being a mom. And yet, she manages to do both so incredibly well. She shows an immense joy both in how much she cares for her daughter and how much she cares about her design work. And have you seen her meticulous model making skills?

What has been your favorite BFA project so far?

Library Exhibition (The inventor of band-aid “Earle Dickson”)

Design on a three-dimensional space was challenging, but it was interesting to overcome.

What is a memorable or favorite project of someone else in the class that isn’t your own?

The most memorable project was the Sausalito style guide designed by Ali. When I saw her book, I just say “WOW.” Everything was there.

Favorite color:


Favorite typeface:


Favorite artists and/or designers:

Tibor Kalman

“We’re not here to give them what’s safe and expedient. We’re not here to help eradicate everything of visual interest from the face of the earth. We’re here to make them think about design that’s dangerous and unpredictable. We’re here to inject art into commerce.” I like his experimental spirit that I want to have as a designer.

What would be your dream job? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Working at an animation or movie company as a graphic designer. (Working without typo, ha-ha) I don’t mind any job title.

Interests outside of design:

Shopping and playing with my daughter (I feel really guilty for her. I know that I should spend more time with her but…)

What did you want to be when growing up?


Favorite animal:

Dog, it’s cute and loyal.

5 things that make you happy:

Family, chocolate, Korean public sauna, A+, God’s love

Something you want to learn how to do:


Top 3 music artists:

Shiny (Korean singers), Andrea Bocelli, Ennio Moriccone

Favorite cartoon character:

Motoko (Ghost in the Shell)

Best or most inspiration performance of any kind that you’ve seen?

“Cinema Paradiso”

The movie’s beautiful scenes and sounds touched me strongly.


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