Calligrapher and Director of Korean Calligraphy Design Association
Byung-in Kang is a prominent calligrapher and visual artist in Seoul, Korea. His endless passion and dedication
on Korean calligraphy ever since his middle school time. However, he majored in visual art and design at college
and worked at a design company later, as an editing designer at a publishing company for about 20 years.
The experiences at those design companies have helped him variously in coming up with the new designs in his
calligraphic exploration. He has taught numerous art colleges/institutions including Hong-ik University where he
earned his Masters degree.
Byung-in Kang has been adopting the creation principles of Hangul into his work philosophy and showing works
that have wholly preserved our life and sound of harmonizing with nature. His calligraphy, which combines
chirography with design, promotes the diversity and beauty of the Hangul font through a modern reinterpretation
of convergence and tradition. In particular, he explains the creating principles of Hangul in a simple way through
calligraphy and actively shows the solidity and imagery of the Hangul font through his own unique interpretation
of Hangul as semantic pictography.
Byung-in Kang is expanding the denotations of the Hangul font by his role of presenting not only the phonographic
qualities of Hangul, but also showing it to be an extremely creative and scientific letter connoting semantic represe
-ntation and having artistic value. His work has won many national and international awards and has been published
in several art and design publications including Red-dot Awards and ADC. His commercial calligraphy work notably
in the field of movie titles, package, and brand design have nationally recognized and impacted the success of
business nature in terms of the new conceptual aesthetics of calligraphy. His efforts to expand the design and artistic
values of Hangul were recognized and he was awarded the Silver Tower Order of Industrial Ser vice Merit from the
Korea Design Award in 2012.
Currently, he is actively practicing and researching Korean calligraphy through ‘Sooltong’, a calligraphy research
institute, and devoting himself to the development of Hangul design in practical design business, cultural exploration
as well as to training younger students.
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