About

Jinsoo An

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

Why Work with Him

Over 15 years of designing platforms of all shapes & sizes

Systematic thinker rooted in human-centered design

Multidisciplinary perspective helped to influence world-class products and teams

Problem solver who is hands-on, strategic & impact-driven

Industry expert in design process & innovation practice

Resume & CV

Areas of Expertise

Design & Innovation

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

Insight & Analysis

User Testing & Usability
Ethnographic Research
Risk Assessment

Planning & Strategy

Growth Strategy
Platform Integration
Foresight

Profiled On

Experience at a Glance

15
Years of Experience       
280
Completed Projects       
40+
Fortune 500 Companies
42
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 games 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 passion gradually expanded into crafting experiences 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 for Project Nourished and other undertakings, he continues to design innovative solutions for the global crisis.

Values

Be Curious

Values persistent curiosity and genuine passion

Evolve

Don't settle for the status quo and strive for continual growth

Diversify

Be open to understanding new perspectives and thinking

Special Interests & Passion

He is interested in finding effective means of facilitating human 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 doing yoga. Sometimes he likes to dabble with vintage cameras and audio gears.

Design Methods

One of the most critical aspects of design is being able to reframe overlooked details about users, tools and environments.

To ensure that the most relevant insights are translated into success of team and product, Jinsoo leverages design frameworks and methods practiced by IDEO, Google and McKinsey as well as foundations developed by practitioners such as Ann Pendleton-Jullian, David Rose, Anthony Dunne, and Steve Swink.

By strategically combining these design perspectives and tool kits for each project, teams gain significant leverage through insights, clarity and positioning. Best of all, this approach can be applied to virtually any consumer-oriented use cases regardless of demographics, medium, industry or application.