Sonifyd is sonification research exploring the relationship between visual and sound in order to create a functioning tool for communication, multimedia, audiovisual, visual art and music.
Woohun Joo, PhD, is an assistant professor of digital arts and media design at the School of Visual Arts (SoVA) at Penn State. He primarily teaches classes focused on graphic design, multimedia design, product design, and sound design. As a visual designer, audiovisual artist, and sonification researcher who creates sound from abstract visual art and non-musical data, his projects mainly focus on how minimalistic visual art can be transferred to auditory domains, how his sound-making processes can be visualized in reverse, and how his sonification seamlessly integrates with visual narratives.

Joo’s work explores the potential of visual and sound design as an integrated art form for multi-sensory user experience and communication design. His research and audiovisual installation have been published at conferences such as ACM Audio Mostly, the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME), the International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD), and the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC). He is also participating in the conferences as a reviewer and mentor.

Joo majored in visual communication design at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, Korea. He worked professionally as a graphic designer in web, printing, product design (UI/UX), identity, and typeface design. He received his Master’s degree in Digital+Media at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Afterward, he completed his PhD coursework in Media Arts and Technology (MAT) at the University of California, Santa Barbara and obtained an interdisciplinary PhD in Human-Centered Design at Virginia Tech. 

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