Jiwon Park is a graphic designer and visual communicator interested in using design processes to catalyze social change. She holds an MFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where she was sponsored by the US Department of State as a Fulbright Scholar. Her works have been selected for 17 international design awards (including iF, Red Dot, IDEA, Type Directors Club, Art Directors Club, Communication Arts, :output award, Adobe Design Achievement Award, and others), and have been included in more than 20 international publications and exhibitions. She was named a Next Generation Design Leader and awarded a $100,000 research grant by the Korean Ministry of Knowledge Economy in 2011–12.
Park has worked in the private sector as a Visual Designer at Samsung Electronics; as a co-founder of the design agency DAREZ Inc.; and as a Graphic Designer at London-based branding consultancy Brand Environment Ltd. In the public sector, she is a co-founder of a social enterprise called 1/2 Project, which proposes a new type of donation system involving products cut in half. She also founded a social design organization called Design Can Do, which hosts interdisciplinary design thinking workshops around the world to tackle local social issues.
Park sees graphic design as a tool not only for mediating and enhancing communication but also cross-pollinating diverse stakeholders to facilitate social betterment. Park’s research interests include investigating new directions and design methodologies that will lead to a more socially engaged communication design practice.