Kyuha Shim

Kyuha Shim

Assistant Professor

Kyuha Shim is a computational designer and researcher. He works in the integrative and interdisciplinary realm of art, design, and technology, with a particular interest in the language of system. Central to his practice is the use of computational thinking as a methodology for design in creating generative systems informed and driven by data. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate-level courses: Design Lab, Communications Studio IV, Graduate Design Studio I, and Computational Design Thinking. His recent publication as special issue editor, GRAPHIC 37: Introduction to Computation (2016) investigates the impact of computation in graphic design practices through conversations with 15 practitioners and researchers in Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States.

Prior to CMU, he held faculty positions at RISD and RCA. He has guest lectured and taught at numerous schools including Central Saint Martins, London College of Communication, Kingston University in the United Kingdom, Central Academy of Fine Arts in China, and Hongik University, Seoul National University and Samsung Art and Design Institute in South Korea. 

Previously, Shim worked as a research fellow (Data Visualization Specialist) at MIT’s SENSEable City Laboratory (2012-2013) and as a researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, Netherlands (2013-2014). He has been awarded residencies and fellowships at Frans Masereel Centrum in Kasterlee, Belgium (Summer 2017), Facebook's Analog Research Lab in Menlo Park, CA (Summer 2019). He worked as a designer at LUST (2011) in The Hague, Netherlands, and Vinyl (2009-2010) in Seoul, South Korea. 

His work and research have been featured internationally (AIGA Eye on Design, Design Observer, GRAPHIC, IDPURE, Typeroom, Walker's Gradients, Wired) and he has received honors from Adobe Design Achievement Awards, A'Design, The American Institute of Graphic Arts, core77, Graphis, red dot, iF, IEEE, International Society of Typographic Designer, The Association of Registered Graphic Designers, The Society of Typographic Arts, Spark, Type Directors Club (New York & Tokyo) and output. He has exhibited internationally in museums and galleries including Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York, National Museum of the Republic in Brasilia, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul and ggg Gallery in Tokyo and in design festivals such as Open AGI, Beijing Design Week, London Design Festival, Typojanchi (International Typography Biennial) and Seoul Design Olympic. 

Shim is currently director of CMU Type Lab, and affiliated faculty in the School of Architecture's Code Lab. He is design chair of the IEEE VISAP (2020-), an overseas director of the Korea Society of Basic Design & Art (2020-), an education director of the AIGA Pittsburgh, and an advisory board member of the AHFE International Conference: Human Factors in Communication of Design (2016-). He holds an MFA in Digital+Media from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and a BFA in Digital Media Design from Hongik University.