About

Why ‘minimal studio’? 

I love minimalism and I think the following quotes explain perfectly what I think minimalism is and I do my best to convey it within my work. 

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Write the story, take out all the good lines, and see if it still works. - Ernest Hemingway 

My name is YoungDoo Carey and I'm a graphic designer and a photographer from Seoul, Korea and I moved to Greensboro, NC, USA a few years ago to be with my husband. 

As a graphic designer, I have a keen understanding of, and respect for, typography, color, layout and negative space. I like to keep my work simple, understated, clear, and sometimes sentimental. My design is inspired by minimalism, Scandinavian aesthetics, Japanese zen / wabi sabi philosophy, as well as colors and patterns found in nature. I strongly believe in master craftsmanship and pay great attention to detail within my work. 

I worked in international corporate environments for a long time back in Seoul before I moved into freelance graphic design and photography in 2012, therefore I am capable of working with both big and small groups of people. I make logos, posters, postcards, books, stamps, stickers and from time to time I get the opportunity to work on unique projects such as designing the spokes on a blender bike. I enjoy what I do and strive to satisfy my clients expectations. Along with client work I continue to chip away at fun personal projects that I enjoy such as a '52 weeks' project where I am creating a new surface pattern design each week in 2017. Projects like these keep my mind in a creative space and give it an outlet to try new things. 

I'm a very curious individual and have many hobbies such as watercolor painting, calligraphy, knitting, crafting, cooking and gardening. Although it feels like I never have enough time for everything and I should pick one to focus on, I still believe that all of my hobbies/ interests are closely related and someday I will be able to connect those dots, just like what Steve Jobs once said; 

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

Hope you enjoy browsing through some of my past work here and come back for more. 

If you're interested in checking out some of my photography work, please visit my photography portfolio website how i remember