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Donghwan Song


Donghwan Song is an industrial designer based in Seoul (KR). He completed his undergraduate degree in product design at Hongik University in 2020. He mainly focuses on enhancing the user experience through his broad product spectrum, using his expertise in formative, material, and interactive solutions to design products that deliver innovative user experiences with convenience. While at Korean design studios — namely, BKID, DESIGN METHODS, and FOUNTAIN STUDIO — he successfully collaborated with a diverse range of clients, from global corporates like Samsung Electronics to emerging start-ups. During this period, he participated in R&D (Research and development) and mass production projects in various product fields, including home appliances, wearable devices, and portable devices.

Furthermore, he does not simply focus on consumer electronics but also challenges practical and artistic furniture design. In the workshop, he expanded his design spectrum through the experience of fabricating physical prototypes using materials such as metal, wood, plastic, and fabric, gaining a deep understanding of CMF and structures. He enriches his design approach with a broad and global perspective based on his studies in Switzerland and his international design experience, including exhibitions at Milan Design Week and Dutch Design Week.

Recently, Donghwan achieved his Master's degree in Product Design from ECAL (CH) and was honored with the graduation award titled 'Mention Bien'. He consistently aims to create designs that foster a positive user experience and provide convenience to the users by leveraging his distinct design approach and solutions.

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2021 - 2023

2014 - 2020

ECAL (University of Art and Design Lausanne), Switzerland  /  MA Product Design

Hongik University, Republic of Korea  /  BA Product Design
*includes military service for 2 years





Eins und Zwanzig (1&20) ‘24 / Shortlist

ECAL Master of Arts HES-SO in Design with Orientation in Product Design  /  Mention Bien

Red Dot Award Design Concept 2019  /  Winner

iF Design Talent Award 2019  /  Best of the year

Spark Design Award 2019  /  Finalist





IMD(The International Institute for Management Development), Lausanne, CH  /  Foundations of Business Program (Mar 2022)

ADAGP, Paris, FR  /  Artist Member with Global Copyrights (Oct 2019)

Amitiés Internationales André Malraux, Paris, FR  /  Artist Membership (Sep 2019)







Freelance Industrial Designer (Nov 2023 - Present)
*Experienced in managing design projects involving electronics, beauty products, and audio system for the clients from South Korea, China, the Netherlands, and the USA

Fountain Studio, Seoul, KR  /  Industrial Designer (Dec 2020 - May 2021)

Design Methods, Seoul, KR  /  Industrial Design Internship (Aug - Nov 2020)

RF Products Series for NSRI (National Security Research Institute), KR  /  Design Team Lead
*Contracted with Sungsan E&C (Jun 2020 - Aug 2020)

BKID, Seoul, KR  /  Industrial Design Internship (Sep 2019 - Feb 2020)

Design Numbers, Seoul, KR  /  Freelance Designer (Jan - Nov 2018)










Chung-ang University, Ansung, KR  /  One-day Lecturer for 'Department of Industrial Design' (Apr 2024)

Toyo Gagu Club, Seoul, KR / Designer Member (Jul 2023 - Present)

Fogo Island Plastic Free Kites Workshop with Camille Blin, Anniina Koivu, and Anthony Guex (Oct 2022)

ECAL x Shorefast Fogo Island Collaboration Project (Sep 2022 - Apr 2023)

Compliant Mechanism Workshop with Christophe Guberan (Apr 2022)

'Training to Research' Common Module Workshop with HEAD, Geneva, CH (Mar 2022)

ECAL x SAMSUNG Collaboration Project (Feb - Jun 2022)

Materializing Color Workshop with Giulio Ridolfo (Jan 2022)

‘The ECAL MANUAL OF STYLE' Exhibition Design Workshop with Jonathan Olivares (Oct 2021)
*Collaborated with Glas Italia

ECAL x Schätti Leuchten Collaboration Project (Sep 2021 - Jan 2022)

Sungshin Women's University, Seoul, KR  /  One-day Lecturer for 'Department of Crafts'
*Invited by Yeyeon Park

​Fountain Community, Seoul, KR / Designer Participant (May - Nov 2020)

Hongik University Product Design Degree Show Committee 2019  /  Vice Chief (Mar - Dec 2019)

Hongik University Product Design Student Show Committee 2018  /  Chief (Sep - Dec 2019)

Joint Chief of Staff, KR  /  General Chauffeur as Military Service (Mar 2015 - Dec 2016)









'Transform! Designing the Future of Energy' / Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, DE (Mar - Sep 2024)

ECAL 'U.F.O.G.O.' for Metropolis Exhibitions / Swissnex, San Francisco, US (Nov 2023)

ECAL 'DIPLOMES 2023' / ECAL, Renens, CH (Nov 2023)

'DRAWN TO' Pop-up Store Exhibition for Dutch Design Week 2023 / Nul Zes, Eindhoven, NL (Oct 2023)

Toyo Gagu Club 'ZING' / Local Stitch Yaksu, Seoul, KR (Oct 2023)

‘DRAWN TO’ Pop-up Store / Sectie-C, Eindhoven, NL (Sep 2023)

ECAL 'Talent Days 2023'  /  ECAL, Renens, CH (Jun 2023)

ECAL 'U.F.O.G.O.'  Milan Design Week 2023  /  Spazio Orso, Milan, IT (Apr 2023)

Hongik Univ. Degree Show 'UNO'  /  Hongik Daehangno Art Center, Seoul, KR (Oct 2019)

Esprit Nouveau Exhibition Korea 2019  /  Gallery Conseil, Seoul, KR (Aug 2019)

'Plug - In'  /  Hongik Univ. Building M, Sejong, KR (Nov 2018)

'Product M5'  /  Hongik Univ. Building M, Sejong, KR (Nov 2017)

Hongik University Foundation Show  /  Hongik Art Hall, Sejong, KR (Nov 2014)


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