Ji Won Yeom

PROJECT 1 – Masters Of Control

Assigned Masterworks:  The Clapper (1985) and Kinect (2010)

Recreation: You are annoying, not convenience

Technologies often lead a major improvements in our daily life, but the user experience of bringing a new technology onto any scene can often frustration.

A quick performance named You are annoying, not convenience which took place during class session showed the real user experiences of using new technology. Originally, the Clapper allows users to control devices just by the sound of clap, but oftentimes, it is triggered by other sound factors.

The whole performance is about a person who had an exhausted day and came home to have a good relaxed moment using the Clapper which supposed to be a new convenience device. However, it is triggered by all the other noises such dog barking or honking. Eventually, the user got upset, set aside the device.

Most people might have imagined at least one that hope there are some way that they do not need to get off from the bed, but are available to turn off the light in bed. However, with the Clapper they’ll never find themselves in these annoying situations again. That is what it supposed to be.


PROJECT 2: The Command: Buttons


Designer:  Ji Won Yeom

Archetype: Growth

Context: According to researches. more than 85% of kids are picky eaters. Those kids have their own picky stages. but those pickiness is normal and natural. All parents’ need is just patient. Children need time to learn to be good eaters. Forcing, bribing, punishing, or depriving will undermine those children. It will make the situation worse. However. parents want their kids to eat healthy foods like lots of fruits or vegetables. But how do we get our fussy eaters to try new foods?

Product: The project starts from the idea what if there is a ‘Friend’ to those picky eaters to nudge them to have more healthy meals. meal·mate is an Interactive device that guide picky eaters to keep flt diet. It allows parents to choose food and projects animation on plates base on food information parents’ selection. The device that enables children ready to receive and ultimately enjoy the meal. The whole process makes eating experience as fun!


PROJECT 2: The Command: Do What I Mean

Meal Mate

Designer:  Ji Won Yeom


Context: “Eat your breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day!” Any breakfast is better than no breakfast, but having doughnuts or cereals all the time doesn’t sound conducive. Apparently they also don’t contain the nutrients a kid really needs. Also, breakfast is the most difficult time for working parents to make their kids to have breakfast.

Product: meal mate is a interactive product that helps users cultivate a habit of serving their kids certain food with breakfast. Getting into the habit of serving healthy breakfast will make their kids’ day as sustainable and productive. The product is a set of projector and plate which responds in real time. When kids try any foods on the plate, the character projected from the device praises kids to cheer them up to have food. Yet, it they don’t try certain foods on the plate, the character moves to that food area on the plate and tell kids to try it and nudge them with interesting stories. The product ultimately helps kids to have an healthy breakfast with fun not, but also helps parents to save their hustle and bustle morning schedule.


Project 3-The Arrival: old dogs, new tricks


Designer:  Ji Won Yeom

Archetype:  Transformation

Context:  What Street/urban trees are? They are planted in the sidewalk or in planting strips along the street side of the sidewalk.

San Franciscan used to live in green surrounded by tons of street trees. However, it has been being destroyed every day because a fragmented maintenance structure, an inadequate maintenance funding, and indifference as watching trees decline and die. Finally, San Francisco has the smallest tree canopy of any major U.S. city, even though it insists it is the most sustainable and environmentally friendly city in U.S. Trees in the city make our life a little more worthwhile and they are more than just beautiful additions to urban life.

“The environment is in us, not outside of us. The trees are our lungs, the rivers our bloodstream. We are all interconnected, and what you do to the environment, ultimately you do to yourself.”        By Ian Somerhalder

Product:  TREEDED, operated by a non-profit organization, is a mobile AR game for tree lovers, which uses the real map of the location. The game is to provoke our attention to make us care for trees that grow in towns where we live while walking on the street. Even we walk the same path over and over throughout a day, a month, or even a year, we may not take much notice. If the worst, we even don’t know whether trees are gone or not. The purpose was to enhance the value of the tree, by heightening our awareness of those often overlooked trees and applying fun to natural objects around us. Through TREEDED, users could ease themselves into their hurried lives and look around their environment by proposing a slower mode of material engagement that potentially helps users to have richer experiences with objects in everyday life.

By accomplishing different challenges such as catching a person attacking trees, removing signs on the tree, or cleaning up surroundings of trees throughout the game, a user will have an ownership for one tree. Once, the user has an ownership for the tree, he/she takes a responsibility to take care of and is available to decorate the tree as well. Different users are possible to send love to other users’ trees. If the tree is ranked the best tree in the neighbor according to received love, the user has a chance to plant a real tree in a place of need by the non-profit organization

Show your love for trees in augmented reality world and appreciate the natural world!


Project 4-The Gathering: strength in numbers

Bubble Protest

Designers: Gabbie Zhong, Ji Won Yeom, Lei Xiang

Context: 5 years from now, During Donald Trump’s second presidency, a lot of people realize that the United States government doesn’t care about people’s voice anymore. Most of states are processing forbidden violent demonstration law. Our company’s objective is providing a safe place for brave citizens, who will attempt to take a stand speak out their opinions with anonymity. Our online services will get more people into those topics. They can vote with the Pro and Con opinions. Our visual data analysis charts show the results with completely transparency during the event. All participants’ information are protecting by our company.

Product: Bubble suit protest event.

Bubble suit: Bubble ball is the inflatable body suit that the participants wear in order to play an interactive protests. People can bounce, roll, and flip without limitations. Users can strap on the suit  just like wearing back pack except that it’s surround you and ‘bump’ into each other, much like a football game. This suit can protect users get hurt during the protest, also it can cover everyone’s identity.

How to protest: First the user will register online. The website will contain the issue for which the participants will be protesting. During the registration, they will be able to choose between two types of groups: a regular voter and participant. Voter registration is free, however participants will have to pay a fee to enter the event. They will enter their credit card information, but will not get charged right away. They will first have to the background check. Furthermore, voters are subject to a background check as well.

Once the participant passes the background check, he / she will receive an email telling them that. They will then be able to login to their account, and choose which political side they support, and whether they want to be in the debate or just a supporter. An invitation with the protest location will then be sent to the user’s home address and the credit card will be charged.

Once at the event, the participant will have to get through the security check. While there, they will have to collect their belongings and put them in the locker. The debaters will have a number by which they will get called to come up to the stage. Each person on the stage will have 1 minute to debate a certain topic. In other words, each debate will be 2 minutes since two people will be arguing it out.

The protest area will be divided into three sections: the first section is just a common area, where people can simply hang around, chat and maybe tackle each other; the second section is the winners’ section; the winner of each debate will come here and celebrate with all the other winners. The final section is the stage area where the participants will watch the two debaters from each side debating.
The way the winner gets to be decided is by a vote. All the registered voters will be able to watch the debate through the live feed on the website. Once a debate is over, they will be able to vote for their choice. They will be given 1 minute after the debate to cast their vote. Once done, the winner will head to the winner’s section, which is section 2, the loser will head to the waiting section,  which is section one and another debate will begin.