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Yang Kim creates design career
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Yang Kim is an example of what creativity and a can-do attitude can accomplish.
She has vast experience in designing everything from corporate product literature programs to holiday cards.
While leading her design firm, Peopledesign, the last 15 years, she continues to design, direct and manage a plethora of projects, resulting in the firm securing recognition by Inc. magazine as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America.
Early in her career, Kim was enlisted by the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh to develop a media exhibit for children.
She was a designer at Ethel Kessler Design in Washington, D.C. and managed the Reese Electronic Studio at Carnegie Mellon University.
Kim demonstrated her knack for grasping a new language and culture early in life.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Kim moved to the United States when she was 8 with only a couple of English classes under her belt.
She quickly acclimated to the American culture and became fluent in English.
Kim’s work has garnered more than 200 awards and received recognition from the New York Art Directors Club, Type Directors Club of New York, Communications Arts magazine, Critique magazine, American Institute of Graphic Art, Graphics, How magazine, International Design magazine and others.
Her board experience includes work with St. Cecilia Music Center’s marketing committee and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts and the AIGA National Nominating Committee.