Join our network of non-profits, companies and individuals who believe social change can happen through design.

Become A Member

Emily Kim

New York, NY, United States

Member since September 08, 2008

  • I met with my NFP on Friday. They used the week to conduct the tests with their fellow therapists at the organization. They conducted surveys that got their opinion on shape, size, ease of break, material, level and type of relief. Many gave conflicting reviews: some wanted more of a mess where most complained about the clean up after destroying the eggs. As the initial first round of testings were to be tested on therapists, but an actual client was offered one, and was the one to discover the rubber glass material actually breaks. It made a mess but she was very happy, (the therapist not as much).

    type of relief frustration: 4 out of 18 tension: 7 out of 18 stress: 5 out of 18 none: 3 out of 18 Other: included anxiety, anger,

    The level of relief was scaled from 1 to 5 1 being the lowest, 5 being the highest level of relief felt

    1: 3 out of 18 2: 3 out of 18 3: 3 out of 18 4: 8 out of 18 5: 1 out of 18

    What was Satisfying: sound: 8 out of 18 texture: 8 out of 18 act of breaking 10 out of 18 none: 1 other: bouncing- gave feed back and was exciting crunch

    Size: 13 out of 18 felt that it was the right size: this is also because they used their hands and only their hands to crush the egg prototypes.

    Ease of breaking: 1: 4 out of 18 2: 3 out of 18 3: 1 out of 18 4: 4 out of 18 5: 5 out of 18

    Should the break be more difficult Yes: 4 No: 7 Don't know: 4

    Most who tested the prototypes were women. Only 3 were men. They were all given different types of eggs ...

  • Story_boards_177_

    These user scenarios consists of a. a user who has trouble sleeping because of anxiety, fears, etc, can use Solace as a tool to help them relax and achieve sleep. b. Another sets the users in a group therapy session. Solace can be shared between users to may temporarily need the product to remain calm. c. A party scenario puts the user dissociating and isolated from the crowd. He then uses Solace to bring his senses back to reality. d. One on one therapy e. Also depicts ways that could be used and harmful ways that Solace is an alternative to.

  • Img_4330_177_

    This is a list ("diagram") of the potential effects of the different types of prototypes I am working on.

    Disposable: -Cheap -Quick "fix" to releasing negative built up energy -Destroying something fragile (satisfaction), can't be put back together and vulnerable. Irony based on their traumatic past.

    Filled "Egg" -Cheap -Destroying the shell, but also being left with something that can relate to them. Acts as a reward for expressing emotions. Cannot regenerate shell, but gives the user something they can keep.

    Regenerating -Can be a little more pricey because they can keep the object for a long time. -Continue to destroy something when they most need. -Reusable to release frustration -But how satisfying is it to destroy something that can put itself back together?

    Could it be a series of designs that offers the users different types of options to release their frustration? Destroying something fragile, that cannot be re-broken, or being rewarded with something they can keep, or is it something they can continuously break without worrying about "consequence"

  • User Scenario 3



    This is a scenario of the prototype being used by the patient during one on one therapy with the therapist. This scenario was the original interaction happening with the prototype, but grew into different scenarios after a meeting with my NFP.

  • User Scenario 2



    This scenario is the prototype being used at home by the patient. It gives the user a chance to use the product when they feel they most need it, and prevents a "dangerous" type of episode.

  • User Scenario 1



    This scenario is the prototype being used during group sessions. It helps interaction with other people, and releasing a common type of frustration and anger during sessions. In a group session, the use of this product helps each patient bring their separate views of the product into the therapy session, and could potentially help each patient view and interact with the product in different ways.

  • NFP User Testing


    1. Who will be the users for your 1st test? The staff at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Crime Victims Treatment Center

    a. What criteria will you use to select the individuals who will test your prototype? The first user testing group was chosen in place of my actual users because of the stage of feedback and stage my design and prototypes are at. To lessen trauma that can be inflicted by rough prototypes, my user testers for round one will help mediate what my actual users need for me to get ready for my second user testing.

    -Will they be selected randomly in a public place? No, in a controlled environment, (during a staff meeting, or between sessions, when therapists will have time to test and give feedback to the prototype.

    -Will they a controlled group selected by your NFP or yourself? My controlled group was chosen by both my NFP and myself. I proposed my idea of conducting my first testing with therapists at CVTC rather than the actual patients, and my NFP agreed.

    -If a control group, will you use them for all 3 tests? Yes and no. They’re feedback is important for all three user testings, but the second and third will also be conducted with my actual users. b. What type of environment will you test them in? I will not be present for the actual testings. Especially for the second and third round. Because my users are patients and are undergoing therapy, and healing, it would be inappropriate to be present in the testing, and could potentially change the actions and connec...

  • My design qualities compared to the competition.

    Competition Comparison

  • Picture_2_177_

    Schedule for the Semester

    List of Required Actions:

    1. Relieving tension, frustration, anger
    2. Feeling of satisfaction, relief,
    3. Encouraging body movement (to prevent from panic attacks, dissociation)
    4. Bringing sensation to the user such as (touch, sound)

    List of Needed Tools for Showing Use

    1. Product (several 3 to 4 created to encourage sharing sensations and relief)
    2. A pamphlet showing ways to use product
  • NFP Testing


    Video One

    Video Two

    (sorry video problems)

Emily says...

Contact Emily Kim

My Interests

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