Kim Ku

Purveyor of pixel and paper

I make Web Products, Printed Matter, and Silkscreen Books.


Web Products

WalkaboutNYC

WalkaboutNYC

Harvest's WalkaboutNYC's visual branding and UI experience was redesigned to better reflect its commitment to help connect the tech startup space with a wider audience.

My Role: I was the primary brand and UI designer, front-end developer, and animator.

Harvest Chrome Extension

Harvest Chrome Extension

The Chrome extension was developed so that Basecamp and Trello customers could seamlessly track time to their projects with Harvest.

This idea evolved into the Harvest Platform so users could natively implement time tracking to any application.

My Role: I worked in a team of 2 designers and 2 developers on UI design and front-end development.

FTUX

Harvest Onboarding Illustrations

Playful illustrations to promote a friendly and positive first-time user experience for Harvest customers.

My Role: I worked closely with the project designer to get the feel just right.


Printed Matter

Adventure Time

Adventure Time Stationery Products

Left to right: Postcard library box set, notebook set, pocket journal.

To set the Abrams Noterie stationery apart from the competition, the pre-approved Adventure Time art was stripped down to linework and built back up with a sophisticated and textured body.

My Role: I was the primary designer working closely with the Art Director.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Diary of a Wimpy Kid Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Editorial & Marketing

Top to bottom: Diary of a Wimpy Kid box sets, stationery products (prototypes), office party postcard, foldable map promotion, store book display, bus wrap, 60-foot marketing banner, theater backdrop

Thoughtful print and digital design to keep Diary of a Wimpy Kid, a decade-old middle-grade book series, looking fresh and clean.

My Role: I'm the primary designer/art director, working closely with the brand directors.


Silkscreen Artist Books

Ghost Noir

House of Ghost

Using a die-cutting printer and silkscreening on acetate, House of Ghost is a faux stained glass artist book.

A House is Not a Home

A House is Not a Home

A silkscreen artist book inspired by Luther Vandross, A House is Not a Home has a pop-up house embedded in each book.

Ghost Noir

Ghost Noir

Ghost Noir is a pop-up silkscreen artist book that was selected for the Society of Illustrators: Comic & Cartoon Art Annual in 2014.

Hello there, I'm Kim Ku!

I'm an interaction designer who walks a fine line between web products and printed materials. I like the variety and challenge both bring.

For all projects, my goal is to create consistent, strong, clean, and surprising experiences through collaboration and old-fashioned hard work.

On off days, you can find me at a printshop silkscreening my next book. It's my favorite pastime.

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Experience

2013—2015

Freelance
Designer, front-end developer, illustrator. Select clients include:
  • Abrams Noterie
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  • Harvest
  • Penguin Random House
  • Tapestry app
  • The Wirecutter
  • Tonx Coffee

2011—2013

Harvest
Product designer & front-end developer

2007—2011

Bonnier Corp
Web designer

2006—2007

Penguin
Web designer

Exhibitions

2015

Light Grey Art Lab
Patches & Stitches

Society of Illustrators
Comic & Cartoon Annual

Light Grey Art Lab
Boss Rush

2014

Society of Illustrators
Comic & Cartoon Annual

Columbia's Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Comics at Columbia: Past, Present, Future

Light Grey Art Lab
Stacks Zine Show

Grumpy Bert's
Flip Book Show

Bottleneck Gallery
It Came From 1984 (tribute poster show)

2013

Society of Illustrators
MoCCA Awards of Excellence Exhibition

Light Grey Art Lab
Nights & Weekends (book show)

Light Grey Art Lab
6 Degrees (postcard show)

Collections

Brooklyn Museum Library
Filed under: haunted hotels

Columbia University's Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Ghost Hotel in the MoCCA Arts Festival collection