About

Jinsoo An

Product Design Lead & Researcher

Jinsoo designs digital products by piecing together consumers' changing behaviors, emerging cultures and converging technologies.

Experience in diverse products

For over 14 years, he has designed software experiences for a wide range of products. They include mobile and IoT devices, wearables, smart TVs, games consoles, connected vehicles, and personal wellness products. With product and UX design at his core, he has led a team of big and small in revamping, diversifying, scaling and positioning of the products in over 20 industries.

Hands-on & result-driven

He is actively driven to exceed industry standards—whether it involves articulating a design rational through research or creating a "pixel-perfect" design. Through this passion and relentless craftsmanship, his design has helped NFL increase mobile engagement as much as 500% for its 100M+ users and improve its app rating from 2 to 5 stars.

Expert in design & innovation process

He has supported a myriad of teams to overcome tough road blocks. With tailored design process and workshops that unpave new paths, he helps guide and navigate teams through their jouney. This approach has been vetted through a culmination of hands-on experience and learning from high-tech companies in Silicon Valley, top consulting firms, design institutions and thought leaders from around the globe.

Rooted in systematic thinking

He solves the unsolvable by understanding the deeper, often overlooked relationship between users, tools and environments. By combining this systems thinking with iterative approach, he is able to rapidly maneuver through product development cycles in order to provide design solutions and guide teams through mission critical projects.

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Focus

Product

Product Design
UX & Interaction Design
Concept Development
Design Process & Leadership
Product Management

Insight & Analysis

User Testing & Usability
Ethnographic Research
Risk Assessment

Planning & Strategy

Growth Strategy
Platform Integration
Foresight

Profiled On

Experience at a Glance

14
Years of Experience       
280
Completed Projects       
40+
Fortune 500 Companies
39
Talks Given Worldwide   
20
Industries     
10
Honors & Awards         

Notable Clients

Selected Honors & Awards

1st Place Winner & Team Lead

Hololens Hackathon, Microsoft, 2016

1st Place Winner & Team Lead

Extreme Wearables Designathon, Intel & ArtCenter College of Design, 2014

Best Brand Experience, Volkswagen VW.com

UX Awards, 2014

Mobile of the Day, Volkswagen SmileDrive App

FWA, 2013

Nominee, Pop Secret Poptopia & Pop Dongle

The Webby Awards, 2014

Professional Involvements

Bio

Prior to immigrating to California in 1995, Jinsoo was raised on a small family-owned farm in South Korea, just a few miles away from the DMZ.

He grew up tending fields and tinkering with home-brew software and gadget teardowns. There, he dreamed that one day he will use design and science to make the world a happier place.

Decades later, his roles gradually expanded to crafting tools and services across 20 industries such as wellness, food, gaming, sports, consumer electronics, automotive and finance—reaching hundreds of millions of people worldwide.

After having received a myriad of global support and recognitions, he is constantly pushing himself to develop new solutions for the global crisis.

Values

Be Curious

Values persistent curiosity

Evolve

Don't settle for status quo

Diversify

Be open to new perspectives

Interest & Passion

He is interested in finding effective means of facilitating social interaction and emotion that offer purpose, meaning and sustainability. By continuously building this knowledge, he hopes to enhance human relations with a net-positive impact on society.

During his spare time, he loves inspiring people of all ages by speaking to them and educating them about the human condition of today and tomorrow. Some of reoccuring themes include food design, commensality, play, fandom, social isolation, aging, community reintegration and behavioral economics.

Periodically, he engages with local and global communities to strengthen public–private partnership to improve the role of technology in people’s lives.

He enjoys playing indie games and watching nostalgic films and TV commercials on YouTube. He sometimes dabbles with novel, antiquated cameras and audio gears.

Process

In order to achieve the best possible outcome for products and teams, Jinsoo leverages methods practiced by IDEO, Google and McKinsey as well as foundations developed by Ann Pendleton-Jullian, David Rose, Anthony Dunne, Steve Swink, Garry Crawford and Anthony Ulwick.

Based on these perspectives, a Swiss Army knife of design methods was created to help teams gain leverage through greater clarity, insight and positioning. Best of all, this toolkit can be applied to any consumer-oriented use cases regardless of demographics, medium, industry or application.

Below are some tools, methods and approaches that have been leveraged in past projects on top of product and UX design foundation. The list goes from broad to narrow.