Ryookyung Kim is the Layout Designer for Gradations I and Gradations II
What are some rituals you use to get into a creative workflow?
- Spending time outdoors when I can, observing the trees and wildlife. Sitting in direct view of the sun so that I may absorb its light.
- An indulgent amount of time spent sitting (or laying) and pondering. Dreaming.
- Starting off the day with light stretches, tea, and flowing freely with my body.
Do you have a favourite illustration in the books?
I love the very first illustration of the sky with a violet-sunflower gradient. I’m so drawn to its simplicity and simultaneous complexity in making me feel all the feels.
Do you have a favourite poem quote in the books?
How should we get there,
asks the pressure of your finger
on the spine of my question,
a mark widening into the ribcage of a city.
(from Gradations II)
The visual quality of these words, so delicious !!
Does book materiality matter to you? If yes, why?
I really enjoy the texture of toothed papers and the weight of books in my palms. It greatly shapes my experience when relating to a book and its contents.
What colours do you find yourself working with lately?
I’ve been really admiring colour palettes from cartoons, specifically Steven Universe and Sailor Moon.