Korean graphic designer Ahn studied Applied Art at Hongik University in Korea, where he later became professor in the School of Graphic Design. After working at the GoldStar Design Office (currently, LG Electronic Design Research Center), he mainly worked as art director for several major Korean magazines during the 1980s. Ahn established his own graphic design consultancy, Ahn Graphics Ltd. in Seoul in 1985. Strongly rooted in typography and editorial design, the company has expanded its services into branding, digital design, and publishing. Ahn’s most recognizable achievement is the development of four major Hangul (Korean alphabet) fonts, including Ahnsangsoo Font in 1985. It challenged the conventional frame of Hangul typography by removing it from its incommodious square-framed structure. By experimenting with more playful composition of the letters, Ahn achieved graphically inspiring Hangul visual effects for editorial and poster design, which have been showcased in his alternative art and culture magazine, Bogoseo-Bogoseo (Report-Report) from 1998. Ahn has established Paju Typography Institute (PaTI), an alternative typography institute in 2012. He was vice president of the International Council of Graphic Design Associations (ICOGRADA) between 1997 and 2001 and chaired Oullim 2000, the ICOGRADA congress in Seoul in 2000. Ahn has received many awards including the Gutenberg Award 2007.