Fundamentals Behind the Process

When designing disruptive products and services for the lifestyle of millennials and beyond, Jinsoo employs a handful of innovative methods to understand their complex, evolving needs. These methods are now more important than ever as people are beginning to experience an immense shift in the way they consume and interact in the society—as described in Jeremy Rifkin's Third Industrial Revolution and in the UN's 2030 agenda.

Unfortunately, many product teams continue to focus on user’s short-term needs that often exacerbate societal problems rather than truly solving them. In other cases, a method in question is centered too much around internal agency without considering external influences. In such scenarios, Jinsoo proposes a design method where ideas, models, and artifacts are integrated into a coherent systematic framework that enables understanding of the relationships with one another. This is called “Systems Thinking,” and it is accomplished by combining computational and ontological concepts—a series of critical roles, attributes, functions and their relationship with parent and sub systems that are identified and then decomposed based on various worldly concepts.

By analyzing human needs qualitatively and quantitatively, Systems Thinking can accomplish these key objectives. First, the method will help the team to deconstruct and decipher complex systems into smaller parts. Second, it will uncover hidden implications in the society before they occur by thoroughly examining all of the parts. Third, it will foster empathy and transparency when having open dialogs about the delta within the parts. Fourth, it will allow the team to tackle big problems that appear to be either too obvious or irrelevant. All in all, Systems Thinking is an important tool for an organization to deduce complexity for better understanding and lower the risk of precipitating unintended harm to the society before they propagate.

There is a saying in the tech community, "Let's just build it and see what it happens...” While this may be relevant during an infant stage of a startup, an organization during growth and in later stages should no longer practice such rudimentary method in the age of big data and post modernism. A testament to such argument can be seen through a scandal involving Cambridge Analytica, which triggered 87 million Facebook users to distrust the platform and initially cost the company $134B in value. The collateral damage could have been reduced or even avoided if the organization had properly defined the relationship, ethos, and boundaries of their product during its growth. This was a lesson that demonstrated that technological determinism needs to be reformed and technology itself should not become a sole proprietor in the society.

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Selected Work

  • Kokiri Lab

    Project Nourished

    Industry: Therapy

    Project Nourished is an immersive dining platform designed to enhance and diversify the way of eating. The hardware as a service, which consists of a custom HMD, tableware, and API, is aimed at decoupling physical limitations of food and allowing food to expand its capabilities as a medium beyond its physiological and sustaining functions. The technologies allow participants to experience eating and drinking in a transformative way by altering vision, gustation, olfaction, audition and touch. Since the public launch, the project has amassed a huge number of followers and inspired hundreds of films, TV shows, books, products, projects, events, and research initiatives around the globe.

    Research

    Idea Generation

    Revenue Model Dev

    Engineering

    Food Design

    Prototyping

    Sensory Analysis

    Software Dev

    Industrial Design

    3D Modeling

    Project Management

    Sound Design

  • Diamond Foods

    Scent-Enabled Mobile Game

    Industry: Consumer Packaged Goods

    Jinsoo and his team developed the first-ever smellable mobile game experience to help promote a microwavable popcorn brand. Poptopia game operates in tandem with Pop Dongle, a scent diffuser powered by 3.5mm audio jack. When the diffuser is mounted on a smartphone during gameplay, a player can swipe the virtual butter onto a kernel character to score a point while simultaneously triggering delicious, buttery popcorn scent, sounds, and haptic feedback.

    Research

    Idea Generation

    Game Design

    Product Development

    Prototyping

    Sound Design

  • LG

    Future of TV Concept Development

    Industry: Consumer Electronics

    The goal of this project was to create a future vision of TV consumption in the next 5 to 20 years. A handful of both far-reaching and practical solutions were developed and then presented to the CEO to map out future investment strategy, appropriate revenue models, product roadmap, and the next consumer vision for CES 2019. Prior to concept development, an extensive knowledge base was created to understand the evolution of social behavior, attitude, perception, linguistics, media consumption, and technologies surrounding TV culture, living room space, home, and family. The team then developed five concepts that focused on AI, cloud, appliance integration, blockchain, and shared space. The research work included analyzing home architecture and interior, looking at the functional progression of home throughout history, identifying the culture code of TV based on trends, and moderating usability studies, testing concepts, interpreting key data from surveys, orchestrating focus groups, and performing secondary market research.

    Research

    Idea Generation

    Revenue Model Dev

    Concept Dev

    Product Strategy

    Product Strategy

    Platform Deployment

  • Google

    Google Pay Early Product Design & Roadmap

    Industry: Mobile Payment

    During when mobile payment did not exist, a series of in-depth research and concept development were performed to identify a right product strategy for early market adoption as well as foreseeing product evolution. Once a general understanding of payment and wallet industries through secondary research, the team partook in numerous ethnographic inquiries. One of such inquiries involved cataloging various contents of wallet from hundreds of participants and then understanding the cultural and utilitarian significance of a wallet in N. America. The inquiry also involvedinterviewing the paricipants to understand how they use their wallet throughout the day for different uses including payment and other specific tasks. Other contextual inquiries focused on speed of transaction, ease of use, repeatability, and perception. Jinsoo accurately predicted the evolution of UI from skeuomorphic to flat UI design in consumer digital products as well as defining the most effective design language to communicate the utilities of mobile payment platform to mass market.

    Research

    Idea Generation

    Prototyping

    Interaction Design

    Product Strategy

  • Nintendo

    eShop Platform Strategy

    Industry: Gaming Marketplace

    Prior to the release of Nintendo Switch and new 3DS models, the team was asked to optimize the eShop purchase experience that would streamline various disjointed systems (such as Nintendo.com e-commerce, Nintendo ID account management, My Nintendo loyalty program, Mii customizable avatar, and marketing content) within the Nintendo ecosystem. The product strategy, which consisted of system flow diagram, visualization of ecosystem, UX and feature recommendations, and technical specifications were presented and then implemented into product release. The eShop equipped with new purchase flow dramatically increased the number of view, download, and purchase of games—achieving industry’s top spot in the market for non-tangible digital platform and a huge increase in profit for Nintendo. Due to the great success, the team’s strategy was eventually incorporated into the eShop for Nintendo Switch.

    Research

    Idea Generation

    Competitive Analysis

    Product Strategy

    Data Vis

    Platform Deployment

  • Sony

    PlayStation Network Service Redesign

    Industry: Digital Content Marketplace

    The team proposed and implemented a complete redesign of digital content marketplace for games, videos, music, and cloud storage. By combining in-home field research, heuristic evaluation, secondary research and competitive analysis, the team identified product weaknesses, brand strengths and high-ROI opportunities that provided meaningful advantages to consumers. During the project, the team defined a new product vision and ethos by balancing betweeb consumer’s perception of Sony brand and its products AND the traditional and aspirational values of Sony that the company strived to follow. After identifying that there were huge discrepancies betweern the two that resulted in disfunct organizational structure and products that are derived from it, our team helped create the most optimal path for the company and services so that they can both succeed amogst competition. The team’s product, design, and organizational strategies were gradually implemented over the following decade—allowing Sony to return to top in the marketplace.

    Research

    Product Audit

    Cultural Analysis

    Product Strategy

    Data Vis

    Design Principle Dev

    Platform Deployment

  • NFL

    Cross-Platform Fan Experience

    Industry: Sports & Entertainment

    Jinsoo and his product team designed a complete fan experiences across mobile, TV, premium services, and live events. The team was able to drastically improve fan engagement as much as 500% by having a deep understanding of how American football fans consume information about NFL and the tribal culture around the Super Bowl; gaining insights about the fans' emotional needs and motivations; designing with varying degrees of public and private spaces in mind; improving usability, readability, and scannability of tabular data, text-based, and visual information; providing next-gen stats based on real-time performance, movement, and biometrics gathered from stadium and wearable sensors.

    Research

    Interaction Design

    Idea Generation

    Revenue Model Dev

    Usability Testing

    Rapid Prototyping

    Platform Deployment

  • Nissan

    Electric Vehicle Purchase Experience

    Industry: Electric Transportation

    As a part of the public unveiling of Nissan Leaf, the first electric vehicle to be sold in N. American market, Jinsoo and his team designed a strategic playbook to understand the consumer's mindset, increase adoption of electric vehicle, educate consumers about its benefits based on relevant context. Next, the team developed a series of consumer-centric mobile tools to help rationalize and visualize potential buyer's decision process at dealership without needing to interact with pushy salesperson. In tandem, another tool for salesperson was created to promote more transparency and build trust between the dealer and potential buyer—all while improving speed, efficiency, accuracy and ergonomics.

    Research

    Idea Generation

    Product Strategy

    Interaction Design

    Data Vis

    Design Principle Dev

  • Taco Bell

    Drive-Through Contactless Ordering System

    Industry: Foodservice & Payment


    Jinsoo developed a framework and customer experience that significantly reduces frictions and a number of poor experiences during drive-through. The framework proposed a system of smartphone app, RFID tag placed on vehicle's dashboard, POS system, and cloud backend to eliminate wait time, reduce number of transactions, accurately deliver order, and make order pickup via drive-through seamless. The system also allowed the restaurant to track customer's expected arrival, quality of service, order efficiency, and customer loyalty. Other work included heuristic evaluation and secondary research that helped the team identify pain points, top reasons for using drive-through, and top recommended improvements for the target age group.

    Research

    Idea Generation

    Strategy

    Engineering

    Interaction Design

  • Sprint

    Customer Experience Overhaul

    Industry: Telecommunications

    As a way to combat decreased market share, Jinsoo and his team revamped the way customers interact with Sprint—in a way that is more authentic and simplified. First, customer assistive products were completely redesigned to drastically simplify complex wireless bill with clear data visualizations. Second, the team focused on new, existing, and potential customers to easily compare and select various wireless plans. Third, the team designed a mTurk-based walkie talkie service that dramatically reduced friction when customers have a relatively simple question. Fourth, the team streamlined and gamified family data allowance management tool so that parents can manage their kids' screen time and cost.

    Research

    Idea Generation

    Revenue Model Dev

    Interaction Design

    Strategy

  • Activision

    Call of Duty Dashboard Framework for Player Reengagement

    Industry: Online Multiplayer Gaming

    A new dashboard framework for social media and mobile was created to encourage players to return to Call of Duty universe. The framework consists of standardized modules where player and community's activities and performance are customized and rotated for each player based on their engagement and player data from previous weeks.

    Research

    Product Strategy

    Interaction Design

    Content Managment

  • Target

    Incentive-Based Social Shopping Experience for Moms

    Industry: Retail Shopping

    Jinsoo and his cross-collaboration team developed a mobile app that is designed to increase customer retention, number of visits to retailer, and number of purchase per visit through social mediation. The mobile app encouraged moms to mimic their couponing behavior and incentivized them to discover and share coupons as social currency in their community. The user experience utilized pointification and several game mechanics to keep the customer engaged. The other priorities included minimizing time and steps required in using the QR-code-based coupon at physical checkout and integrating Target account and Target loyalty debit card.

    Interaction Design

    Strategy

  • DIRECTV

    New Media Platform as Add-On Service

    Industry: Video Streaming Service

    Designed and prototyped VOD apps for web, desktop, mobile, set-top box and social that augment DIRECTV viewing experience. Performed research on consumer behavior and trends to provide forecast on the future of content consumption. The research goals include understanding a larger pattern in social behavior, which helps understand the way consumers shift methods of consumption. Other objectives included identifying all of the causes for high subscription cancellation rate and introducing new products that will disrupt the marketplace while maintaining the traditional revenue model.

    Interaction Design

    UI Design

    Research

    Concept Dev

    Revenue Model Dev

  • BlackBerry

    Multimodal Heuristic Evaluation of Mobile OS and Home Screen

    Industry: Mobile Device

    A series of usability tests based on user scenarios were conducted and then analyzed to identify varying levels of user pain points while using BlackBerry OS, Home Screen and mobile homepage. The result of the tests were identified and ranked based on five key attributes (efficiency, effort and simplicity; findability and visibility; consistency, memorability and recognition; time perception; and predictability and affordance). Through the visualization of qualitative and quantitative data gathered during the tests, product team was able to identify high-priority features and understand the delta of quality of experience during specific tasks. The other experiments included testing various color combinations under direct sunlight vs. shade and eye tracking studies.

    Research

    Usability Testing

    Interaction Design

  • CHI

    Interspecies Digital Play Experience

    Industry: Pet Care


    Despite owners' desires to include pets in their everyday activities, pets were not included in the digital experience prior to 2010. The Cat Cat Revolution is a digital game that allows both cats and humans to participate in play through a species-appropriate interface. The game applies Human-Computer Interaction principles to pets and casts pets as participants in the gaming experience. During the pilot study, pet owners characterized the game as a mutually positive experience, describing the game as a fun way to play. CCR explores the effects of including pets in the digital experience. This was a significant research that resulted in a whole new genre of pet products that offers digital mediation between an owner and their pet.

    Research

    Concept Dev

    Animal Computer Interaction

Experiments