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Rising Stars: Meet Judy Sunwoo

Today we’d like to introduce you to Judy Sunwoo.

Hi Judy, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I am a designer and an illustrator. I have always been an illustrator and learned to be a better designer through schooling and work experience. I also travel frequently between countries, S. Korea and the U.S. in particular, and I feel through my travel, I was able to get broaden my design understanding and knowledge.

While I had studied illustration and surface design mainly in art college, I also learned about graphic design and used digital tools and programs to aid in my illustrations and apparel graphic design projects- and today currently I am doing more work as UX/UI designer as a result.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I had many struggles being able to find a fitting role as a designer after graduating. And while I felt my greatest strengths lied in my illustration and textile graphic skills, I mainly was offered jobs in where I would be doing heavy graphic design work. I did various freelancing jobs and constantly posted on my Instagram two years ago. While it had been hardworking and maintaining my social media, I found it finally paid off as I was able to do a design project with “Groundwork Coffee” in Los Angeles- please support them, they make the best coffee and always have such a friendly staff and service! I also was able to do work illustrating patterns for textile with a South Korean leather hard and soft goods company: Fiori del Tempo.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am what most in the industry would call a jack-of-all-trades: I do illustration, graphic design, visual design, and UX/UI design. I am able to do screen-printing, oil color, watercolor to Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Illustrator to Figma, Sketch, Invision- I am most confident in my illustration and surface design work involving analog skills, but I also love working on UX/UI design and Motion Graphics design.

If you had to, what characteristic of yours would you give the most credit to?
Thankfulness. A mind to always remember that while things do get tough if there is success to remember that the work I had done or achieved was possible through God and others.

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