…is a San Francisco based designer with an incredibly broad repertoire. Kim realised that he wanted to be an artist after developing an unexpected fascination with vexillology (the study of flags) aided by a phonebook at the age of six. He graduated from pencil to PC at the age of nine on receipt of a Macintosh LC. As he describes: “My canvas became the screen, my paints became pixels, and my brush became a mouse. It didn't take much for me to start creating my own desktop icons, movie posters, and illustrations. I was amazed and felt empowered to be able to create intricate forms with very few restrictions.” From that moment it would seem that the direction of his career was set. His work now covers everything from Skateboard graphics to type design to album art, and even encompasses a past cover design for Grafik (issue #190, alongside Michael Bojkowski).
…sought through her novels to create of a view of humanity that was, in her own words, “like a beacon raised over the dark crossroads of the world, saying ‘This is possible.’” She drew little distinction between her work as being either in a philosophical or literary tradition; indeed her oeuvre presented several key tenants that she wished others in her adoptive America to take up, such as the following of reason over whim, the primacy of hard work, the engineering of self-esteem and the pursuit of happiness as the highest moral aim. Contemporary audiences might have seen this encapsulated in hit television drama Mad Men: Bertram Cooper, senior partner at ad agency Sterling Cooper, is an avowed Ayn Rand fan; while giving his protege Don Draper a hefty bonus, he encourages him to read Atlas Shrugged – “Take $1.99 out of that $2,500 and buy yourself a copy."