Taekyeom is an interdisciplinary artist, although he prefers to introduce himself a designer using artist’s material and artistic sensibility. He is currently an Assistant professor of Graphic Design at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.
He received an MFA degree in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has made three-dimensional type as a series of typographic explorations to strive challenge and seek a new way to create tangible type in three-dimensional space. His latest research explores unconventional methods of creating three-dimensional type with materials and techniques unique to type design — such as ceramics and various analog and digital crafts techniques.
As a part of research, he built a self-build 3D printer and designed his own paste extruders to produce intricate 3D ceramic type and objects. This research reflects on the development of the digital fabrication and the unconventional typographic practices in the post-digital age.
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