Founded in 2006, Studio Fnt arose out of a desire to collect fragmented thoughts, and then organise and transform them into relevant forms. Its three founding partners, Heesun Kim, Jaemin Lee and Woogyung Geel collaborate on a number of design projects, delivering consistently sleek outputs from corporate branding to graphic design in the cultural sector.
As a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale since 2016, not to mention a full-time dad to two beautiful cats, One of the founders, Jaemin Lee’s key role as art director involves managing the overall visual aspects of most projects. As well as teaching on the visual communication design course in his native Seoul, the busy designer additionally operates his own practice in which he designed and art directed the visual identity for the Korean Pavilion and the 16th International Architecture Exhibition.
“It explores the complex relationship between 1960s modern Korean architecture and the state,” he tells It’s Nice That. “It’s a period when the ideology of the state the vision of architects became intertwined, and through the juxtaposition of the contradictory terms ‘state’ and ‘avant-garde’," the exhibition highlights the schism between political power and the imagination: a contradiction between political and utopian ideals.”
Consequently the exhibition’s identity reflects the concept of the show. Focusing on the concept of dislocated time, Jaemin uses discontinuous location grids to express “spectres”. These spectres refer to a past that has influence over the present but isn’t fully captured within the present day. As Jaemin puts it: “spectres are an entity that haunts but whose substance is uncertain.” And in this vein, the designer places unconnected pieces of text around the grid to echo a ghostly murmuring that hovers around each design element.
- Can graphic design translate to performance? LCC's grad show identity shows us it can
- Gina Tonic on being big, Welsh and growing up in an ex-mining town in The Valleys
- Margot Lévêque examines the historical, emotional and philosophical connotations of the collar
- Illustrator Moon utilises drawing as a means of understanding herself
- Toilet rolls and sat navs: Photographer Andy Price will make you look twice at everyday objects
- Samantha French’s dazzling underwater paintings hark back to childhood summers
- Turning her lens to those around her, Danna Singer reveals the story of a working class community
- Kyle Berger’s Photoshopped images exist in “a post-truth timeline”
- The climate crisis is daunting, but as a creative professional, there’s much you can do
- Elizabeth Hibbard’s unsettling photographs examine subjective experience with a visceral gaze
- “My creativity is sparked by music and architecture”: meet graphic designer Stephanie Specht
- Adventure Time’s finale nominated for Emmy, alongside BoJack and Big Mouth