Artist Dan-ah Kim on Picture Books and Graphic Designs for The Gilded Age

“I’m grateful to have two jobs that I enjoy and to have that balance.”


Episode Notes

This week, host Karen Han talks to artist and designer Dan-ah Kim, whose work includes the picture book The Grandmasters Daughter and multiple graphic design projects for film and television. In the interview, Dan-ah discusses her traditional style of working and explains how she adapted her work to the picture book form. Then she talks about her graphic design work for the HBO series The Gilded Age.

After the interview, Karen and co-host Isaac Butler discuss martial arts and the difficult work of balancing personal projects with a day job.

In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Dan-ah talks about dabbling in the world of fashion design.

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  • Karen Han is a former Slate staff writer. Her writing on film, TV, and culture has also appeared in the New York Times, Vulture, Vanity Fair, the Atlantic, and Vice.