Graphic Designer

Young-ji Rhou


Young-ji Rhou was born in Korea. She studied Fine Art at the University of Dan Kook and Certificated Fashion Design at Fashion Institute of Kolon in Seoul, Korea. In 2007, she moved to study in New York and received Bachelor in Fine Art degree at School of Visual Arts in New York in 2010.

Young-ji has worked with different branding projects in various field such as Art, Fashion, Hospitality, Education and Entertainment. She worked as a volunteer in Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tribeca Film Festival.

She is a promising young creative graphic artist. She also collaborates with DJs and musicians for the New York social scene. One of her current projects is Carpe Diem (Art&Music&Social).


  • What made you choose the  field of Visual Art?

– I chose to be a graphic designer because I love to communicate my thoughts and feelings to the world through my artistic creation.

  • You may have heard from many people – not necessarily exclusively from artists – that New York City is very particular in terms of its energy and the general feeling it provides to its residents and visitors. Do you agree with this? How does the fact that you live in NYC influence your creative work?

– Yes, New York has a particular energy. New York is known as the city that never sleeps. The people are always on the move doing something and it is a very fast pace life style. I love the passion and energy of the people. I enjoy it. It is never boring.


  • What does it mean to be a foreign-born designer in NYC? The city is a magnet for so many talented art people from abroad, and the competition must be very high.

– I really appreciate that I have the opportunity to be as a graphic designer in NYC. Because I live in New York, I am able to explore different ethnic and racial cultures. Whenever I go out, I can easily meet talented people. I believe that it helps me to broaden my vision and motivate myself. I can always get the opportunity to learn more about my chosen craft. Yes, the competition is very high but that creates an incentive to go forward and to work on elaborating my artistic skills to be able to compete.


  • Do you consider your area of interest as universal/international or are there any national/ethnic features still prevailing in it?

Chicago_1– I feel that graphic design is universal because it is a visual language that everybody can relate to.


  • We believe you have met here, in NYC, many of your counterparts – graphic designers – from different countries. Could you think of some particular features which are likely for representatives of European schools of Art, Asian ones, etc? What are the similarities and differences in their work styles? Please name them.

– I would say European schools show more expression in their work and wider varieties of color, texture, mood and concept. Most Asians are normally calm and gentle because of their culture background. I particularly prefer the London style of graphics such as produced by Goldsmiths school and by artists like Damien Hirst and Alexander McQueen. They are not too commercial but manic and yet still strictly artistic.


  • Have you exhibited/worked in other countries? If so, which ones?
    If not, which would you like?

– I’ve exhibited my work in Seoul, Korea. I would like to try to display my works in other countries, wherever there are opportunities.


  • How has your field changed in the last few years?

– I think the graphic design industry is changing day by day. The design field has been made much more interactive and dynamic by technology. Designers have to consider interactivity with a mouse versus fingertips on the iPad and other tablet devices.

  • Where do you get inspiration for your work? What do you need to be able to work creatively?

– I get my inspiration through art exhibitions, magazines, books, Internet and the influence of some of my favorite designers.


  • What do you consider as your greatest achievement? Disappointment (we hope you managed to overcome it successfully)? What is your greatest fear /anxiety regarding your work? What are your most ambitious plans?

-I enjoyed doing the branding for the Turntable Restaurants project here in New York because it allowed me to have full creative authority and I was able to implement my own ideas and imagination.

I would say that the disappointment is that some clients do not appreciate the work of the graphic designer. They feel that just anybody can do Photoshop and Illustrator program and call it graphic design. Graphic design is much more conceptual than just dealing with a tool.

One of any designer’s fears is whether the client happy. If the client isn’t happy with what I’ve executed, because design is not just to express my own ideas and emotions but also I have an obligation to give the client what they ask for.

My most ambitious plan is to start my own T-shirts brand. Recently I worked at the Scarf Design company and I came up with the idea from some textiles and patterns. I plan to start my business on-line first then expand as the market grows.

I also want to study more about design management, so that I would be able to collaborate with the professionals in each field and eventually create my own brand and designs in the future.

  • How do you publicize yourself?

– I connect with the people in my field through social media such as Link in, Face book, Twitter, Blog and my website. I also give out my business cards and solicit work from potential clients.