Next Korean design generation - ready for take off!
Since 2007, the KIDP Korea Institute of Design Promotion has been supporting young design talents with the KDM Korea Design Membership Programme, since 2020 with an extended support radius under the label KDM+ Plus. Students who are selected for this programme receive premium support and guidance on their design path. Not only regular tutor meetings with mentors, but also participation in international internships and workshops bring creativity and design perspective to a new level. In 2022, 170 students will benefit from expertise all over the world - experience the results of the collaborative projects at the highest design level!
An impressive design show of superlatives in Seoul!
Image: Home Coming Day of KDM+
We are Korea Design Membership +
Korea Design Membership Plus (KDM+) Program continues to make bigger ripples
KDM+ has connected hundreds of Korean design students with leading companies and mentors in Korea and abroad, through RDCs (Regional Design Centers) supported by destination government offices. The purpose of the program is to cultivate young designers with the capacity to perform soon after joining the workforce, as well as to provide students with opportunities for international expansion.
Students selected for membership in the program are offered a variety of educational programs, networking opportunities with mentors and fellow students, a chance to participate in overseas workshops and internships, as well as a chance to gain hands-on experience in unique projects with global companies.
Design Education Programme
Global Design Workshop
Participating businesses include the BMW Group, LG Electronics, LG H&H, CJ CheilJedang, Samsung Card, Nexen Tire, Hankook Tire, Model Solution, and numerous other businesses in Korea and abroad. KDM coordinates with those businesses to run more than 30 design projects every year.
Academy-Industry Collaborative Design Project
Outcomes of Project with LG Electronics
Notable success cases include the 2020 academy-industry collaborative design project with LG H&H, which led to the commercialized packaging design for a new product on the Sooryehan brand of cosmetics. Students who participated in the design project with BMW Designworks received an internship offer and are now working as junior designers in the German automaker’s Munich office.
Success cases in 2021 include the collaborative design project with Nexen Tire, which presented future concept tires on The Gadget Show, one of the UK’s longest running and beloved consumer technology shows.
Outcomes of Project with Nexen Tire
Over the program's 15 years, more than 800 young designers participated with a mean employment rate (including startups) reaching up to 80%. This year, about 170 young designers were selected for the program, eager to join in projects by companies in Korea and abroad. Through this program, KIDP hopes to foster young designers’ capacity for design and for delivering outstanding results in the industry.
KIDP also hopes to nurture outstanding designers who will spearhead the next generation of design in Korea and around the world.