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Jinsoo an is a designer, researcher, and technologist who creates platforms

As a Korean American immigrant, Jinsoo has over 11 years of experience in transforming complex research and concepts into viable platforms. He specializes in product design, platform growth, and cultural foresight by identifying emerging patterns in people's changing behaviors. He is interested in how social interaction and emotion can be facilitated in a meaningful way through mobile devices, wearables, ingestibles, and other human-centric form factors. His work is often designed with three qualities in mind: approachability, adaptability, and novelty. He values persistent curiosity and believes that one should never settle for the status quo.

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Past through present

Prior to relocating to California in 1995, Jinsoo was raised on a small farm in South Korea, just a few miles away from the DMZ. The farm was surrounded by wet rice fields and unpaved streets where hundreds of tanks would roam. Jinsoo remembers waving his arms and yelling, “M.R.E.!” at the soldiers in their enormous tanks, hoping to score a bag of what seemed like a Happy Meal. Inside a modular dwelling constructed by his grandfather, bricks of fermenting meju used to hang above a window. Beneath, there laid a collection of electronic parts from teardowns, stacks of floppy disks containing home-brew games, and a box of vivid origami papers from a factory down the street. Through this juxtaposed environment, Jinsoo developed a unique fascination for how objects are designed and interconnected.

Since 2008, Jinsoo has designed acclaimed platforms for over 40 Fortune 500 companies across 20 industries. With these platforms, he has helped to shape the experiences of hundreds of millions of people in North America. In 2013, he became involved in bringing positive social change by decoding how people interpret senses and emotions. In the following year on Skid Row, he founded Project Nourished, a public benefit initiative inspired by Peter Pan’s magical dinner in the film Hook. Since its inception, the project has evolved to maximize therapeutic and nutritional qualities of ingestibles while limiting environmental effects and the use of natural resources.

During his spare time, Jinsoo enjoys collecting and restoring antiquated cameras and electronics. He also loves to inspire people of all ages by speaking to them and educating them on various topics. His favorite topics include play, hyperreality, fandom, commensality, social isolation, and aging. Periodically, he engages with local communities to strengthen public–private partnerships in order to improve the role of technology in people’s daily lives.

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