Kit Son Lee

STW21-KIT-SON-LEE

RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN (RISD)

Kit Son Lee is a designer-developer-artist-writer-trashbag from Koreatown, Los Angeles and is presently gunning for their MFA at RISD. Upon obtaining their BA in Visual Art and Literary Arts from Brown University in 2013, they co-founded Codify Art, a Brooklynbased producorial collective of and for Q/T/W/POC (queer, trans, women, people of color) artists, through which they have organized exhibitions, talks, and educational programming with the Whitney Museum, Brooklyn Museum, and The Public Theater. They were the inaugural Designer-in-Residence at Morcos Key and have contributed writing to Net Art Anthology. Their current practice involves designing subversive computational experiences against the threats of contemporary network culture. Kit can be found as “TRASHCAN” in games that don’t require a unique username, as “55378008” (“BOOBLESS”) in games that do, and “99955378008” in extreme cases.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?

Koreatown, Los Angeles, Providence RI, soon Brooklyn NY

STUDYING ON CAMPUS OR ONLINE?

Online, a 10-min bike ride from campus

MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?

Yes, I’m awake at sunrise. No, I haven’t gone to bed yet.

FAVORITE MOVIE?

Guillermo del Toro’s masterpiece, Pacific Rim

FAVORITE BINGE WATCH?

Anime garbage

FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM?

Twitter (I hate it)

FAVORITE PODCAST?

I don’t have an auditory attention span

FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?

Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries

FAVORITE BOOK?

Motorman by David Ohle

FAVORITE CHARITY/CAUSE?

Redistribution of resources to queer and trans BIPOC, see F2L Relief Fund

FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY DURING THE PANDEMIC?

Animal Crossing (May–July), Breath of the Wild (Aug–Sept), Hades (Sept–)

HAVE THE CHALLENGES OF 2020 CHANGED HOW YOU THINK ABOUT THE ROLE OF GRAPHIC DESIGN AND DESIGNERS?

Now more than ever, those of us earning money by making capitalism look nice are responsible for giving it to the people doing actual work.

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