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Emily Kim

New York, NY, United States

Member since September 08, 2008

  • Needs_and_persona_chart_177_

    This needs and persona chart measures the needs of the target users and the stakeholders of their surroundings.

  • After many messages and emails, Crime Victims Treatment Center's individuals have agreed to work with me on this project.

    The organization actually does not work with children, but works with many adults who were sexually abused as a child. Because the design approach of my topic has changed, this organization seems to fit even better with what I hope to achieve.

    Amie Karp, a social worker, therapist who works at CVTC spoke to me about her various experience and input on my design topic.

    Children who grow up without beinging treated for sexual abuse, tend to continuously victimize themselves. This may be through dating someone abusive, purposely putting themselves in dangerous and unfit situations and conditions, etc. This happens often because they had to sense of safety in their childhood. It is rare that a stranger will be the perp, and most often is a close family member, if not the parent. Because someone close to the child hurt them, and the abuse was continuous, the children grow up unprotected against certain aspects of life and safety.

    The most painful effect of sexual abuse, is not just the trauma of the abuse itself but is more oriented around the pain that comes with secrecy and shame. Most of the patients Amie sees, and children who are being abused, tell a parent or an adult, but does not get help because the adult figure does not believe them for any reason. This makes it harder for the child to trust and rely on adults for help, which makes the trauma ...

  • TITLE: Design Charrette for the Abused

    Category: Design research, product design, target market research

    Subject Area: Design, Psychology

    Lesson Time: Will vary based on scheduled set by my NFP and myself

    Introduction: This “Design Charrette for the Abused” ‘s purpose is to help bring my NFP and myself together, to learn from each other, to visually map out our ideas, research, and knowledge on sexually abused children. Through this design charrette, I hope to gather much of the needed information and opinions of professionals working in the field for and with the children.


    • To identify the various problems that come with dealing with sexually abused children.

    • To understand the needs that needs to be met for these children to cope and heal from their traumatic experience.

    • To learn from each other the various information that was gathered from research and experience in the field.

    • To have conflicting opinions and approaches to dealing with a child who experienced sexual abuse.

    • To identify the things which exist to address these children.

    • To help design an actual product that could help the children, and make the product better for the child’s benefit.


    • Large sheets of paper

    • Different markers, pencils, pens, etc.

    • Tape

    • Post-its

    Procedures: Busy adults who work within a busy organization can get restless with thoughts of all the things they need to do. My goal is to get much out of the...

  • MISSION: My mission is to help abused children reconnect, communicate, and reestablish a sense of ownership with themselves, family, and friends.

    NFP: St. Luke’s Roosevelt Crime Victims Treatment Center and/or Generation Five. Currently still in the process of contacting them. It is taking a bit longer than expected but looking to make some progress this week.

    Location/Context: Addressing sexually abused children does not give a certain demographic. Children in all different locations are prone to sexual abuse. But for this project I am focusing on the United States. I want to design a tool that can be used to help children cope with their traumatic experience.

    Target Market: The target market is a sexually abused child.

    Age Group: The age group of children being addressed is from three to seven.

    Cost/Marketing Techniques: Cost and marketing techniques are yet to be determined. All the different types of materials, production process, packaging and distribution method will be accounted to create a cost estimate. But my goals of this project is not to design a high end product for the children, but a design that can be distributed without concerns of purchasing.

    Evaluation/Prototype Testing: Various designs will be drawn out and prototyped to be tested with children. The cooperation of the NFP groups is important for this part because user testing is very important.

    Materials: Materials are also yet to be determined. A list of qualities that must be given to t...

  • Design 4

    Arts & Culture


    This design is using the techniques of music therapy. Music therapy can be soothing for a child and help them to feel more comfortable. The petals of the product are piano keys that play notes while the center of the flower glows with each key. Music is an important part of healing and can be used in many different ways.

  • Design 3

    Arts & Culture


    This design is like a top. it does not sit still but continues to move as the child draws with his fingers. The material inside the plastic "cup" is like a puddy play do item, which can be molded to different finger motions etc.

  • Design 2

    Arts & Culture


    This idea is to play on the sand box that is most commonly used with different types of therapist. It also incorporates art therapy where children can draw on this pillow. It is similar to the drawing boards using metal shreds and magnets to draw. The pillow can be used to rest on the legs while the child is drawing. The pillow can be shaken to erase the board.

  • Design 1

    Arts & Culture


    Material: 1. Soft Foam 2. Covered in Nylon 3. Individual facial parts that stick to the face

    The purpose of this design is to create a companion for the child. The attachments of facial features is to give the child an opportunity to create an emotion that they feel or they want to feel.

  • NFP Exercise Part 2


    My plans engaging the NFP with the design charrette is actually pretty simple. I feel that this step will come once I have established a more comfortable relationship with the NFP. Nothing messes up creative thinking worse than feeling uncomfortable and unwanted. Whatever time the design charrette is scheduled, I will bring drinks and snacks to keep from people straying to leave for vending machines. Bathroom breaks are necessary, but having individuals taking trips outside for snacks may prevent wandering of other participants. Markers, paper, post its, will be provided to begin the charrette. I think it is important before the charrette is conducted that everyone participating knows one another, names, and simple background introductions to see what each individual specializes in. This is important in maintaining a relationship that can continue even after the design charrette. Explaining how a charrette works, but not giving specific details is my steps in not “constructing” how each individual participates. I feel that detailed explaining of how a charrette works will keep people fixed on what was said and meeting those needs rather than exploring different categories and ideas. To conduct the charrette, and to learn what I need for research and design, I will have a simple outline of the topics that need to be addressed within the charrette, such as the age group of children, existing exercises that the organization takes to approach the abused child, and actions of the ...

  • NFP Exercise Part 1


    The NFP that I will be working with is Crime Victims Treatment Center. Although I hope to have them play a big part in the research and design process, I have also began contacting different types of therapists, social workers, and counselors. Because CVTC is consisted of professionals and volunteers, I feel that it is important to have a professional’s opinion on the topic at hand. The therapists are important for me to understand the design aspect. I am able to ask them what improvements to existing products can be made and get input from professionals who use the design products with abused children. My next step is to also understand the state of the child when taken away from the abusive environment. Perhaps speaking to cops who have responded to abuse, or domestic violence calls could be able to inform me on the state of the children at the scene of the abuse. CVTC, therapists, social workers, are not there when a response is made by police officers to a residence. Getting first hand information on what the situations are like is important for me to incorporate into my designs specifically what the children need to feel safe and perhaps open up on what they are feeling or experiencing. Between the ages of four and seven, children may not always be able to express how they feel and initially just show fear and withdraw, but these are all symptoms from research that I would like to confirm with police officers and social workers who are actually there for the first intera...

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My Interests

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