Kyuha Shim short profile


Kyuha Shim (qshim)





united kingdom



Royal College of Art



Communication Design


university address

Kensington Gore
SW7 2 EU London


university country

united kingdom




Kyuha Shim (Q) is a designer, researcher and PhD candidate at the Royal College of Art (RCA) in the department of Information Experience Design. He holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Digital+Media, and a BFA from Hongik University in Digital Media Design. Q worked as a design researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academie (JVE) in Maastricht, Netherlands, with focus on rule-based design by use of computation. Prior to this, he was a research fellow / data visualisation specialist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in SENSEable City Laboratory, and was a faculty member at RISD. He has also worked at LUST (NL) and Vinyl (KR) studios. His projects have been selected for various international design awards and featured in numerous publications and exhibitions. Q works in the integrative and interdisciplinary realm of art, design and technology, with particular interest in the language of systematic and playful patterns in design & computation. Central to his practice is the use of data as the primary medium in creating a complete, narrative system informed and driven by integrated processes of visualisation, fabrication and installation.








Teal Triggs, Kevin Walker, Tom Simmons






typography programming multimedia interaction design


year of making




2014-03-10 23:22:56



Performa Process


'Performa' is a generative system that creates typography in real-time, with type attributes responsive to the users when typing. The system encapsulates certain aspects of the users' behaviours and produces typefaces receptive to time.

Software innovation has enabled advanced modes of communication. In a time when more people write with a keyboard than they do by hand, there is a sense of nostalgia for calligraphy that exposes certain tensions and speed of the writing hand. This system addresses and responds to the question of how such visual exposé of the individual hand beneath the text can be translated in our digital culture.

When a key on a keyboard is pressed, the corresponding letter or symbol appears and continuously extends in form until the key is released. The measured time lapse between the two actions dictate the length of the extensions, and the pressure with which the keys are pressed dictate the width of the strokes.

Performa project info
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