Kyuha Shim is an Assistant Professor in the School of Design who works in the integrative and interdisciplinary realm of art, design, and technology, with a particular interest in the language of systems. Central to his practice and research is the use of computational thinking as a methodology for design in creating generative systems informed and driven by data. He recently led computational book design research for Code as Creative Medium (Levin and Brain, 2021) supported by National Endowment for the Arts. 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.
He teaches several courses in the School of Design at both undergraduate and graduate levels: Design Lab, Communications Studio IV, MDes/MPS Designing for Interactions, and Computational Design Thinking. Prior to CMU, he held faculty positions at RISD and RCA, and was a recipient of Adobe's Design Education Faculty Award in 2012. 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, Korean National Academy of Arts, and Seoul National University 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-i (2009–2010) in Seoul, South Korea.
His work and research have been featured internationally (AIGA Eye on Design, Design Observer, GRAPHIC, IDPURE, Typeroom, Walker Art Center's Gradients, Wired) and he has received numerous honors from Adobe Design Achievement Awards, A'Design, The American Institute of Graphic Arts, core77, Graphis, red dot Design Award, iF Design Award, IEEE, International Design Awards, 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 Award. He has exhibited internationally in museums and galleries including Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York, Miller Institute of Contemporary Art in Pittsburgh, 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, Dubai Design Week, London Design Festival, Typojanchi (International Typography Biennial) and Seoul Design Olympic.
Shim is director of CMU Type Lab, and Affiliated Faculty in the School of Architecture's Code Lab. He currently serves as Design Chair of the IEEE VISAP (2020–), Overseas Director of the Korea Society of Basic Design & Art (2020–), Education Director of the AIGA Pittsburgh (2020–), and Advisory Board member of the AHFE International Conference: Human Factors in Communication of Design (2016–). He holds an MFA with honors in Digital+Media from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and a BFA in Digital Media Design from Hongik University.