“A former baby, current graphic designer, future skeleton, and a distant future pile of dust” is how Soojin Lee describes herself (on Instagram, at least.) Clearly, this is a girl with a sense of humor. Lee is currently based in South Korea, having moved back to her birthplace after graduating from CalArts in 2016. Today, she works freelance on a mixture of print, UX/UI, and digital marketing projects for various clients, many of which are based back in L.A., with a few in Japan for good measure. “It’s pretty good being freelance, you can work for yourself with no stress from other people,” she muses. “But I do miss the feedback from co-workers. Sometimes I just want someone to ask, ‘Does this look ok?’”
Before settling into freelance life, Lee was an intern at Disney, mostly working on infographic designs and presentations and, despite not previously being one of those Disney-nut types with a Monsters, Inc. backpack, found herself loving it. “It was amazing!” she says. “I still miss my life at Disney. It was different to what I’d done in the school, but I learned a lot about how to design with detail and follow guidelines. Working for a big corporation was very different to my first internship, which was more like a creative agency.”
We’re going to leave the discussions about her former babydom and future dust for another time, and present a wee selection of her brilliant graphic design projects here.