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Sokai Yoon

Visual Designer

Art Director, Photographer, Visual Artist



Metro Atlanta Area, GA


A Bit About Me

Sokai Yoon, primarily known as  Kaiyoon, is a Cambodian-American designer, artist, and consultant whose work blends street, culture, and storytelling through a Cambodian lens. His creative practice spans photography and digital forms: motion design, illustration, and video; with a focus on exploring the Cambodian identity and the intersection of technology and culture.


Kaiyoon holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design (2008) and a MFA in Design from the School of Visual Arts (2013). His work has been featured in numerous publications, including Graphic Style Lab and Information Designer's Sketchbooks, both authored by Steven Heller. His work has also been showcased on Behance, The Verge, Tech Crunch, and Wired, and was presented as one of the Best of Google Design 2020. He was recently guests on the podcast "An Immigrant's Life" as well as "An Open Mind Podcast" in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.


Born as a Cambodian refugee war baby at Camp Site II in Thailand, Kaiyoon was raised in Clayton County (Riverdale), Georgia, in the southeastern United States. His come-ups and comeuppances inform his artistic vision, which often reflects his multicultural experiences, visual colloquialisms, and perspectives.


Through the unique blend of visual storytelling, Kaiyoon invites folks to explore the complexities of Khmer culture, identity, and memory in an increasingly interconnected world.

Work Experience

Jan 2022 - Apr 2023

Slalom Consulting • Consultant

As a consultant at Slalom, I embarked on a journey of consulting design to a few Fortune 500 companies such as Cox Automotive, The Home Depot, Amazon, and Delta Airlines; offering my expertise and guidance to particular problems and developing solutions with their client teams. Unfortunately, I had to depart to take a pilgrimage to Cambodia with my mother, who recently retired and wanted to move back home to the Kingdom, hence my departure.

Aug 2014 - Jul 2020

Google • Visual Designer

As a visual designer at Google, I was tasked with a multitude of design projects that ranged from user interface, design systems, web design, illustration, visual design, motion design, production design, branding and logo design, and user experience design. My work has impacted millions of users and have been published on numerous of websites and publications. The design projects are broken down into two groups, as I worked in Google Cloud as a web designer and Android Software as a visual designer (mainly UI). 

May 2023 - Ongoing

Chainfuse • Lead Designer

Chainfuse is startup co-founded by my colleagues who were formerly at Google. An AI-powered ROI tracker for community based platforms. Developed and co-founded by my colleagues who use to work at Google, I was on-boarded to build their brand (logo, styleguide, etc;), concepts, design systems, user experience, and design branded experiences for our potential customers. In working beta. 

Jun 2012-Dec 2012

Conde Nast • Digital Designer

Specialization in optimising traditional publication formats for digital devices such as tablets and  mobile devices using Adobe’s legacy toolset, Digital Publishing Suite.  Worked on content creation for special edition issues (Vogue, AmEx special project). Design QA and testing (Condé Nast Traveler, Architectural Digest). Other tasks include concept development, asset production and optimization, and creating presentations.

Google Enterprise

  • Google Maps Platform

  • Google Maps for Work (Legacy)

  • Google Cloud (designed/managed pages)

  • Google Apps For Work (Legacy)


  • Personal Safety App

  • Android Setup Wizard

  • Nearby Share

  • Pixel Tips App

  • Power Menu & Google Wallet Integration

Aug 2011-Dec 2012

Mishka NYC • Apparel Designer

Developed CADs, tech packs, and graphics for apparel (t-shirt, cut-n-sew, jackets, hats, etc;). Other  design responsibilities include pattern design, colorway concepts, promotional graphics, and fabric and threading selections. Special projects included toy design (Dunny’s Apocalpyse 2013 series) and designing watches.

Aug 2008-Aug 2012

Cobra Corps LLC • Freelance Art Director

Freelance art director for one of Atlanta’s premier event promoters. Responsibilities include generating press kits for their musicians, flyer design,  mixtape and compilation cover design, and photography. Created a diverse and unique look for their brand that allowed them to stand apart from their competitors, making them one of the best night life events of East Atlanta.

Aug 2008-Aug 2012

Shepard Exposition Services • Production Design

Specializing in tradeshow graphic (booth design and large-format printing services), responsibilities include fulfilling and overseeing hundreds of sign requests per month (typesetting, layout design, digitizing graphics from raster to vector), Design QA, and optimizing print jobs to optimizing for efficiency.

Short-term Work









Slaphouse Records • Photography/Art Direction

Phnom Penh,Cambodia

La Cima Cartel Records • Photography/Art Direction

Phnom Penh,Cambodia

Baramey Records • Photography/Art Direction

Phnom Penh,Cambodia

Angkor Dance Troupe • Photography/Documentary

Phnom Penh,Cambodia

Modern Apsara Company • Photography/Art Direction

Long Beach,California

Angkor Dance Troupe x Selepak Khmer (Paris, FR)

Lowell,Massachusetts • UI/UX Design


Cobra Corps LLC • Graphic Design


Dakota Films • Content Design for Snapchat

Remote,US • Logo/Branding

Bay Area,California

Atlantic Records • Packaging/Press Kit


Mad Decent Records • Apparel

Bay Area,US

Mishka NYC • Apparel

New York,NY

NGHTBRND • Apparel

Los Angeles,CA

Steven Heller • Production Design

New York, NY

School of Visual Arts • Campaign Branding

New York, NY

Open Studio • Lecturer/Workshop 

New York, NY

Sagmeister Inc • Production Design for Happy Exhibition

New York, NY

Whitman Publishing • Illustration/Colorist for Books

Atlanta, GA

Published Work, Features
& Awards









An Open Mind Podcast • Guest/Interview

Phnom Penh,Cambodia

Arts & Career: Sokai Yoon • Interview/Article

Cambodge Mag, Paris, France

Best of Google Design 2020 • Work Featured in Article

Early Earthquake Detection

Slanted Magazine Volume 26

Work featured, Page 70

Graphic Style Lab

Steven Heller, Rick Landers Publishing, Page 69

Graphic Design Discourse: Evolving Theories, Ideologies, and Processes of Visual Communication

Henry Hongmin Kim, Princeton Architectural Press

Information Designers' Sketchbooks

Steven Heller, Rick Landers Publishing, Page 320

Toy Design Served • Product Design Feature

Celebrate the Apocalypse! • The Daily Heller

Print Magazine,

Kamay Arts & Music Festival • Participating Artist

Atlanta, GA

An Immigrant's Life #114: Sokai Yoon • Guest/Interview

Remote Interview/Podcast

"True Friends Carry No Debts"

Grafik Magazine, Issue 193

Adobe Design Achievement Awards • Illustration


Adobe Design Achievement Awards • Motion Graphics


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