(As of February 13, 2020)
Yeju Choi is a designer, artist, and educator based in New York City. Most of the time she is here at nowhere office, her independent design practice, designing visual identities, printed matter, websites (well, one day I will get to this website too ...), and environmental graphics among other things, for projects in civic, public, and cultural realms.
She also creates site-specific, community-based, and socially engaged public art projects as Yeju & Chat, a multi-disciplinary collaborative practice with artist Chat Travieso.
When not there, she is probably in New Haven (or on Metro-North), as she teaches Exhibition Design and Introduction to Graphic Design classes at Yale School of Art, where she has been a faculty member since 2012. She previously taught at Stern College for Women at Yeshiva University (Typography, Advanced Design, and Exhibition design, 2011–13). She has also been a visiting critic, given lectures and workshops at Columbia University, Cornell University, The New School, City College of New York, Rutgers University, and Seoul National University among others, in graphic design and architecture/urban design departments.
Prior to founding her own practices, she worked in many different corners of the field of design: from 2000 to 2012, as a designer in various design studios in Seoul, UX/I designer in the LG Corporate Design Lab, researcher on national identity and public sector design for Korea Institute of Design Promotion, graphic/environmental design director for architecture & planning firm WXY, and art director for Barneys New York (RIP).
She served as a public design fellow at the Center for Urban Pedagogy and a designer-in-residence for Performa. Her work has been recognized, published, and exhibited internationally, by AIGA, Artplace, Type Directors Club, :Output award, Graphic, Étapes, Typojanchi the International Typography Biennale, etc. She is a 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist fellow in Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design as Yeju & Chat.
Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Yeju received a B.F.A from Seoul National University in 2004 and an M.F.A from Yale University in 2009 where she was awarded Norman Joondeph Prize and Phelps Berdan Award.
Finally, when she is not in Chinatown or New Haven, she is most likely in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, most likely sleeping.
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