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Young Ae Kim

YoungAe Kim


Associate Professor, Graphic Design

Office Building

Grove Hall



Mailing Address

Grove Hall 117
School of Design-Box 2802
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


Young Ae Kim is a Graphic Designer, Associate Professor and a Graphic Design Program Coordinator of the South Dakota State University. She has been practicing for over 18 years in Graphic Design and Product Design. Her major clients are including Samsung, LG, Hyundai, Nike, Belvita, Citi Bank and more. She has won several design awards and scholarships nationally and internationally. Her specializations are in Information Architecture, Way finding System, and UX & UI designs.


Ph.D. Human Factor Psychology Candidate, University of South Dakota
M.A. Human Factor Psychology, University of South Dakota
M.F.A. Graphic Design, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)
B.F.A. Industrial Design, Sookmyung Women’s University

Professional Memberships

Member AIGA / American Institute of Graphic Arts
Program/Even Coordinator of AIGA South Dakota Chapter
Member SDAF / South Dakota Advertising Federation
Board Member / International Conference on Interdisciplinary Practice in Industrial Design
Member HFES / Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Area(s) of Research

Emotional Intelligence / Human Memory & Perception / Visual Illusion / Cognitive Semiotics /Sociology / Language and Culture / Structural Functionalism

My research interests have revolved in contributing to a deeper understanding how individual decision-making influences visualization & information receiving process in both digital and physical environment, and vice versa. Human Behavior is often influenced by numerous factors and processes information differently. I employ scientific data to sculpt visual components, develop survey tools, and analyze data sets to better understand human behavior and emotion play in visual perception and decision-making process in order to create a sustainable knowledge and a sustainable visual commutation forms and proposes brighter possibilities of whole lifestyles.