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Emily Kim

New York, NY, United States

Member since September 08, 2008

  • My mission during the winter break is to narrow down a final concept ideation. In order for my project to progress, I must continue research on the types of therapy exercises conducted, and understand my target audiences’ needs during healing time. It is also important for me to continue building my relationship with St. Luke’s Roosevelt Crime Victims Treatment Center in order to get an understanding of individual professional experiences, and receive access to the adult survivors of childhood sexual assault.


    • Continuous research on the different types of therapies that exist to address the different needs of individual victims.

    • Research into exercises that help survivors cope during and outside of therapy is also important in order to understand existing designs and practices.

    • I will watch more documentaries revolving around trauma healing and read more books on understanding my target audience’s need.

    • Looking into different types of trauma rather than just sexual abuse.

    • Finishing the book Trauma and Recovery is also important because it contains research regarding specific cases and argues to find a medium to trauma recovery, which does not exist.

    Design Information:

    • Creating a map of all the stakeholders involved in my project and the problems that revolve around it.

    • A map of therapy processes and a placement of my project within will help clarify that I do NOT see my project as a BIG solution to a big problem, but just a PART of a solution in ...

  • After the mid semester review, the many problems that I ran into and was asked to clarify the age/, target group for my project. Many people were confused because I spoke of both children and adults. My next step in addressing this issue would be to create a better diagram that illustrates the target market that I am to focus on. I feel that a brief understanding of the childhood problems are needed in order to understand the current problems, and I believe that this is where most people got confused regarding the age group. Rewording the mission statement, the vocabulary from survivor to adults may help drastically in clarifying the target users.

    There were also problems of understanding why the project was aimed towards anger. One of the critiques mentioned in order to address this issue and some minor issues that build to work against my project would be to create a better network to show that my project and design is a SMALL part of the entire healing process. I also believe that this is important to show and lacked during the mid semester review because it appeared that I found this project to be a solution to the entirety of the project. This critic reminded me that my part is very small but could potentially be important.

    There were problems with title of the project too. Some commented that a negative title could perhaps encourage the rage build up and not have a positive effect on the users. One comment was suggesting that I use the positives from my project rath...

  • Concept 2

    Arts & Culture


    This design allows the individual to squeeze and play with the form and material. It helps to release anger through the hands by tangibly attacking the problem with the object designed. The gage in the middle shows the extent of the anger depending on the force that is released into the object. The center squeezes based on the force of the hold and measures the amount of anger expressed through the product.

    The material is soft and malleable and has tough tension. It uses color or even body heat to express the extent of anger along with a colored gage. The material is transformable and comfortable to touch and interesting and interactive, making the users want to touch it while speaking or thinking.

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  • Concept 1

    Arts & Culture


    The concept of this idea is to give the individual user a chance to scream and vent without being heard by neighboring individuals. This product gives the individual a chance to relieve anger by screaming at the top of their lungs without gathering too much unwanted attention. The concept is that after a session of screaming and venting, the product “spits” out a cube landing on a side or a color. The color corresponds to a card that describes or asks a question to the individual, to think about.

    Material is a plastic, or a material that is lined with something that keeps sound condensed. The material is perhaps covered with a soft material that is pleasant to the user holding the item.

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    Function: The function or purpose is to be a safe outlet for an individual with rage and anger issues resulting from childhood sexual abuse. The product should not make the individuals more angry or frustrated with themselves.

    Form: The form should be welcoming and easy going. It should not intimidate the user and help them feel safe and comfortable. The form should be fun and exciting, invite the user to test the product out, USE IT.

    Material: Depending on design and function the material qualities will change. Something soft, squishy, making it malleable to the hands like the stress ball, or a material that with holds sounds for a venting “cone”. The material should follow the function and form to enhance the experience and the purpose.

    Aesthetics: The aesthetics of the product is important to get the user to interact with the product. Therefore, the colors and the material should be welcoming along with the concept of usage that follows the idea.

    Cost: The purpose of this product is to be able to be used by all demographics and organizations regardless of funding issues. The prices of manufacturing, materials, and distribution should be low to keep the cost of the product down to allow ease in being used by different demographics.

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    These words were those written by the therapist. Each was assigned a colored post-it and added their words most often used to the charrette.

    -Releasing anger in a non destructive way

    -Daily experience is usually rich in clues to dissociated past memories

    -Confronting something or distraction

    -Can’t recognize own emotions

    -Individuality and independence

    -Working with the inner child

    -Difficulty finding words

    -Career, work problems because of triggers

    -Body always holds to trauma

    -Too child like, doll or animal like is creepy to most patients

    -Measuring anger is satisfying

    -Normality does not exist

    -Learn to be a parent to themselves

    -Visual or tactile

    -Sexuality such as no sex or too much sex, confusion with gender and homosexuality

    -Forgiveness for self and others

    -Transitional object/tactical touch to anchor themselves

    -Voicing anger

    -Terrified of rage/ and what they will do

    -Strong support networks

    -EFT great exercise but not great for sudden rage

    -Open up possibilities

    -Role play

    -Being clear on boundary

    -People pleasing: their needs were always second

    -Pornography more interested in story than visuals (male)

    -Tapas acupuncture (focusing on pressure points while speaking to keep grounded and prevent panic attacks)

    -Painful but not scary

    -Saying when you are angry so it doesn’t grow

    -Something you push



    -Afraid of losing control


    -Not being believed

    -Therapist support system is creating a safe, structured ...

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    Location: St. Luke’s Roosevelt Crime Victims Treatment Center Office Participants: Amie, Louise, Michael, and Sally

    The design charrette exercise was a success. Amie and Michael brought two other therapists in different divisions and practice. Amie and Louise both work as trauma therapist, Michael has interactions with first comers who seek help and therapy for the first time, and Sally is a complimentary therapist who uses exercises to relieve certain parts of posttraumatic symptoms.

    The exercise, although successful in gathering information and interaction, did not exactly follow the lesson plan for the design charrette. The initial interaction was more of a conversation with me taking notes and the therapists answering questions. At the half point of the session, they were each given note cards to write down words that are often used whether is be a feeling, emotion, or reaction. This was to get an idea of the vocabulary used daily during sessions by both patient and therapist. Ideas that came up during the design process were also introduced in gathering professional opinions

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  • Mid Review Board


    (Organization of design 1)


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    This chart organizes the basic qualities of the product's design qualities and its purpose.

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