inbox series | korable block

korable block is an interactive tool for learning the korean alphabet. created (initally for his son) by new york city designer si-yeon min, it is the first hands-on korean language game of its kind. made of four wooden blocks hand-printed with korean alphabet characters, the blocks can be combined to create over 120 single-syllable words including numbers, days of the week, foods, nature words, body parts, and more.

si-yeon, a korean native, practiced design and architecture in new york city for 9 years before launching his own collaborative startup design firm, alliedoperations. si-yeon min holds an architecture degree from the university of michigan and columbia university, where he was awarded the lucille smyser lowenfish memorial prize.

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