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SuMin Nam

New York, New York, United States

Member since September 08, 2008

  • possible Issues/ areas: dementia

    Community, Environmental Design


    Here is the basic understandings of dementia in new york times website

    Not many products are in the market for dementia but instead, people do lots of activities, eat certain food or play games to get help in ways to prevent it.

    Dementia is what most of people gets when they reach certain age but todays, many of young people are experiencing it too. And when someone in the family gets dementia, sometimes it may creates conflicts by telling same thing over and over.

    Development of a product or a game that specifically designed for healing dementia, it will help not only the one who is experiencing the illness but also the family, anyone around them.
    I'd like to contact people working around people who have dementia, family members and non-profit organziations for dementia.

  • possible Issue/ area: Autism

    Community, Industrial Design


    Here is the basic understandings of autism in new york times website

    There are several products focused on developmental of motor skills, language & communication, social skills, and emotional regulation.

    Most of the toys are made with plastics because it's cheap and light-weighted and only has one features among fine motor skills, emtional regulation, language & communication, social skills, thinking & reasoning, and planning & sequencing but not really designed for toys for children with autism

    The idea of how use of plastics are not good for the health.

    By having toys for children with autism, it will be helpful to the family whom have a child with autism and the child his/herself.

    autism toys in the market:

  • Decomposing a Thesis

    Arts & Culture, Industrial Design


    Decomposing a Thesis

    Group Member:

    Jennifer Riggi, SuMin Nam, Herng Fuu Richard Yeh

    Title of the Thesis:

    Share Station by Tao Lin¬

    Summary of Project:

    Workstation that encourages interaction between Asian American parents and their children. It is supposed to improve language barriers and help strengthen family bonds.


    A lot of solutions were created from assumptions. There is not enough evidence on the board to convince us that the product serves its function.

    He tries to tackle too many problems at once instead of stating one problem and one solution. He mentions female suicide, gaps between children and parents, randomly placed recycling information, and the actual furniture has major physical construction issues.

    We found that the desk was abnormally huge and probably most Asian American families could not comfortably fit it in their residence. Also it only seats two people when most families have more than one parent and sibling. We were not convinced that this piece of furniture and its specific function as a workstation had any relevance to the mission statement.

    Also none of the stated issues that the non for profit stood for directly related to the mission statement.

    We were also weary that the product needed to be for Asian American families exclusively. The problem statement could apply to most families regardless of their culture.


    We felt that the form of the furniture was interesting and unique.

    We also decided that it cou...

  • SuMin's Twist, change

    Community, Environmental Design

    The #1 thing that I want to change is that we are going through global warming. It is very important issue because if we don’t prepare and protect our nature, something we never imagined will come and destroy everything we’ve got. A lot of people are doing practices, and develop lots of new applications; ways to produce materials which doesn’t have to do with anything that is harmful to the nature. But I don’t think those are actually working effectively well enough. Even we try to reduce the amount of usage of plastics, for example, it still is very actively used in the market. So, I’d like to work on that to save the world.

  • SuMin's Twist, World

    Community, Environmental Design


    I want to discard passport and let people travel all around the world as they wish. By traveling different places, cultures, and races, traveler can learn so much that can’t be taught by the book. It will expand their thinking process, values, and will increase their maturity level. Life is just short to just live in one place; there are so many things out there that can’t be imagined. Traveling the world will educate oneself by their journey. To do it, make countries all over the world sign the agreements which will let anyone enter and travel wherever they want. But possibly make exceptions for criminals, terrorists.

  • SuMin's Twist, Country

    Community, Environmental Design


    I see a lot of illegal immigrants living in the states. Because they are not legally residents, they can’t get insurances, other many health services, and so much more. Without insurance, it is expensive to go to hospital even when you are sick. So, I saw many news dealing with this issue whether they have to get treated or not. But I think anyone should get treated when they are sick even if they are not legalized residents and has no insurance. So to do it, I want to make a law where people have to only pay about 3% of their income to get some medical treatment instead of paying much for insurance.Everyone in the nation will be benefit, whether they have money or not, by the law because it will provide medical treatments to everyone equally.

  • SuMin's Twist, neighborhood

    Community, Environmental Design


    I want my neighborhood to have best environment in learning. A lot of kids are living around my place. They gather around to play basketball together and play in the playground. It is wonderful to play and socially connected with other people. However, learning new things and how to express themselves is also important. Therefore, I'd like to create an art exhibitions, galleries, and art learning center in the neighborhood. With these companies, it will increase neighbor's aesthetic sense, and to be more educated with all fields. Galleries, exhibitions, and art learning center will teach them how to explore their ideas through art, and to be more creative.

  • SuMin's Twist, Community

    Community, Environmental Design


    I spend most of my time in my room, and my #1 vision for change is to make it more comfortable, clean, creative, and loving environment. Having sweet home is essential to everyone as it is where you can escape from all the stresses which you get from outside of the world. By having loving, creative, and comfortable place, you can be extremely relaxed, and be emotionally healthy. Home is important as it can define one's personality or character. So, having sweet, healthy home is beneficial to everyone. Also, I think home completes with having great family with strongly connected with you, and through family these loving, creative, and comfortable environment is established. So, I'd like to make some kind of easy installation, for people who live far away from their home, that looks like their room in back home to remind their real home and stay connected. Installation's design can be customized by the users.

My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design