Meet the Class of 2022: Gökay Abacı, Junbae Choi, and Myunghwe Ku

by Naomi B. November 9, 2020

Meet the students of the Class of 2022! Over the course of the semester, we’ll highlight our new students, as well as their professional bios and portfolios. Today, get to know our designers Gökay Abacı, Junbae Choi, and Myunghwe Ku.

Gökay Abacı

A talented designer, Gökay is practical and creative, not only questioning the way things are done but also coming up with his own, often out-of-the-box solutions. He recently graduated from Whitman College with a liberal arts degree, where he explored the human side of human-computer interaction and studied how colors used on digital interfaces affect our emotions differently.

He is a firm believer in the Design for Good ethos and wants to use his design skills towards a happier and healthier world. At the School of Visual Arts, he is excited to explore the applications of interaction design on different media such as wearable devices, smart objects, and public spaces.

Gökay strives to be adaptable, enterprising, and critical, especially when the design field is always changing. He is resourceful and not afraid to be critical of his work. He believes that design should be simple but not dull, and follows Milton Glaser's "just enough is more" principle.

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Junbae Choi

Design always needs strong sources. Junbae received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and business management before he majored in design. He also worked at Citigroup and Bain & Company as a research assistant, which led to his interest in design. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the School of Visual Arts and working mostly as a brand designer in several companies, Junbae became deeply interested in interaction design and decided to pursue a Master’s in Fine Arts in Interaction Design at the school.

Design is the integrative output of human psychology, business strategy and visualization. That's why he majored in interaction design, graphic design, psychology, and business management. These various experiences always help him find unique solutions during the design process. Junbae is an interaction designer who loves collaborating with other people in a team to solve a variety of problems. When designing, he always starts with understanding the essence of the matter. Then, he imagines a solution from different points of view to avoid limiting himself.

Myunghwe Ku

Myunghwe is an interaction designer from Seoul, South Korea. Growing up as disabled from an early age, he is very interested in improving peoples’ quality of life and solving problems, which is why he became a designer. During his study of industrial design at Kyunggi University in Korea, he encountered UX/UI design for the first time through a product ergonomics class. Soon, with increasing interest, he decided to pursue his design career as an interaction designer and started his study at the School of Visual Arts, New York. 

As a designer, he believes that three components, user, purpose, and interaction, constitute the user's experience. He also believes that the user consistently wants an excellent user experience. 

Myunghwe believes that even before the term interaction design was coined, designers have essentially interacted with the needs of people of each era. In this era of rapid changes in technology and social environment, his dream is to become a designer who does not forget the basics of design and creates the designs that people really want and need.

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