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K-Design: the New Design Vision for the New Korean Government

Choi, Jungwon;


K-Design is a new vision declared by Korea Institute of Design Promotion (KIDP) in December, 2012, and now is a keyword of Korean design policy. K-Design is not a fully developed concept, but a vision which aims to develop the unique Korean design identity that can appeal to the world. This rather a vague term is often found in design related government projects. In those contexts, K-Design is perceived as a method supporting the idea of “creative economy”, which is the core economic principle that has been proposed by the new regime. This situation coincides with the paradigm that penetrates the history of Korean design policy: design is a tool for improving economic value of products, yet shows some difference. Through investigations on the definition and the usage of the term K-Design, this paper aims to reveal the current Korean government’s perception on design.


Palavras-chave: K-Design, design policy, design promotion, South Korea, government,


DOI: 10.5151/despro-icdhs2014-0086

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Como citar:

Choi, Jungwon; "K-Design: the New Design Vision for the New Korean Government", p. 593-597 . In: Tradition, Transition, Tragectories: major or minor influences? [=ICDHS 2014 - 9th Conference of the International Committee for Design History and Design Studies]. São Paulo: Blucher, 2014.
ISSN 2318-6968, DOI 10.5151/despro-icdhs2014-0086

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