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shinwoo Her

NewYork, NY, United States

product design

Member since September 08, 2008

  • Questionaire/Survey - Missing Children

    Communication, Industrial Design

    I sent out my survey to 50 people randomly, and received 36 responses.

    Have you ever had an experience that you got lost when you were a child?

    • Yes (74.3%)
    • No (25.7%)

    If you have #1 experience, where it happened?

    • Amusement park (29.6%)
    • On the beach (11.1%)
    • Crowded street (18.5%)
    • Unfamiliar place (11.1%)
    • Public transportation (3.7%)
    • Near home (22.2%)
    • ETC (3.7%)

    If you have #1 experience, how long were you separated from your parents or guardians?

    • Less than 1hour (44.4%)
    • 2 to 3 hours (44.4%)
    • 4 to 10 hours (7.4%)
    • 11 to Less than 24 hours (3.7%)
    • More than a day (0%)

    If you have #1 experience, did you try to contact with your parents or guardians? How?

    • Called your parents or guardians by phone (0.0%)
    • Went to police department or information center (3.7%)
    • Waited for your parents to return on the place where you lost them. (37.0%)
    • Wandered from place to place in order to find your parents (59.3%)

    What kind of products do you think preventing missing children?

    • GPS System (22.9%)
    • ID wristband that contains name, home phone number, or address, (51.4%)
    • Implant GPS chipset (11.4%)
    • ETC (14.3%)

    What kind of products do you always have or wear?

    • Many people answered cell phone, others mention a belt, a necklace, a ring, and so on.

    Would you allow a doctor to insert a tiny GPS chipset into your child’s body for preventing missing children? (The chipset does not harm human body.)

    • A...
  • By the numbers - Missing Children

    Communication, Industrial Design

    U.S. Population of Children in 1999= 70,172,700

    Reason Children Become Missing

    • Family Abduction= 56,500 (7%)
    • Runaway/Thrownaway= 357,600 (45%)
    • Missing Involuntary Lost or Injured= 61,900 (8%)
    • Missing Benign Explanation= 340,500 (43%)
    • Non-Family Abductions= 12,010 (1.5%)
    • Stereotypical Kidnappings= 115 (.014%)

    Gender of Missing Children

    • Males= 409,400 (51%)
    • Females= 388,000 (49%)

    Race/Ethnicity of Missing Children

    • White, Non-Hispanic= 428,800 (54%)
    • Black, Non- Hispanic= 149,700 (19%)
    • Hispanic= 163,900 (21%)
    • Other= 52,100 (7%)
    • No Information= 3,000
    • Estimate is based on too few sample cases to be reliable

    Age of Missing Children

    • 0-5 years old= 96,500 (12%)
    • 6-11 years old= 113,400 (14%)
    • 12-14 years old= 235,500 (30%)
    • 15-17 years old= 349,300 (44%)

    Characteristics of Stereotypical Abducted Children Age Of Victim

    • 0-5 years old= 20 (19%)
    • 6-11 years old= 25 (24%)
    • 12-14 years old= 45 (38%)
    • 15-17 years old= 20 (20%)

    Victim's Gender

    • Male= 35 (31%)
    • Female= 80 (69%)

    Victim's Race/Ethnicity

    • White, Non-Hispanic= 80 (72%)
    • Black, Non-Hispanic= 20 (19%)
    • Hispanic= 10 (8%)
    • Other= 2 (5%)

    Characteristics of the Abduction Child's Location prior to the Episode

    • Own Home or Yard= 16%
    • Other Home or Yard= 3%
    • Street, Car, or Other Vehicle= 40%
    • Park or Wooded Area= 14%
    • School or Daycare= 2%
    • Store, Restaurant, or Mall= 8%
    • Other Location= 9%
    • No Information= 8%

    Movement of the Child

    • Child was taken or moved= 95%
    • Child was detained= 83%

    Child was moved more than 50 miles

  • Missing Children - Existing Design Examples

    Communication, Industrial Design


    “To-Do Tattoos”, designed by Andy Ward

    Are you a little burnt like me? Not necessarily from smoking anything, you just have a mind full of “more important” things than menial tasks like grocery shopping. Well for all you sub-genius’ out there, this next item up for bids is right up your grocery aisle. Don’t look like a crack-head and just write willy-nilly all over your body words like Melons, Coke or Tampons. Get organized and pick up some “To-Do Tattoos” by Andy Ward for Fred & Friends. Never again misplace your shopping list, just jot your list on something you will never misplace or lose (unless you steal in an Arab country), your hand.

    • Customizing set-up
    • Adhesive product
    • Giving information

    more information about To-Do Tattoos

    Ascend Enlightenment, designed by Gauri Sharma

    Ascend is a human-centric system designed to deliver personalized air-travel information in real-time, tailoring it to each and every individual no matter who they are. By utilizing biodegradable vibrating stickers with modular touch screen kiosks, it addresses 97% of the frequent complications that modern day air travelers face. Ascend offers these advantages in a very innovative, non-intrusive, cost-effective, and simplistic manner without compromising on air travel security, thus making it an ideal solution to be utilized within airports around the world.

    • Customizing set-up
    • Giving important information
    • Adhesive product

    more information about Ascend Enlightenment


  • Matrix Diagram

    Communication, Industrial Design


    This is my matrix diagram. It shows how my thesis project is going to connect with important things.

  • Missing Children - Thesis Statement

    Communication, Industrial Design


    Almost 800,000 children are reported missing each year in USA. Although people are rich or poor, missing children issue is one of the common concerns that all parents have had or are having while they are raising their precious children. My mission statement is to prevent children who have working parents in USA from becoming missing children. The target age is 3 to 7 year old children who do not memorize their information such as their home phone number, home address, or parents’ name. My product is going to be portable, durable, affordable, and semi permanent.

  • Revisited map-2

    Communication, Industrial Design


    It is my new revisited map. I try to quantify the several categories that I’ve thought the five products engage. I assigned each product a rating for each category.

  • Map Revisited

    Communication, Industrial Design


    Balloon Mouse (conceptual): Designed by Bongkun Shin, Heungkyo Seo, Jiwoong Hwang & Wooteik Lim Formal: It is simple and funky. A small flexible pcb board which houses all the elctro-goodies, a slim-profile USB connector/cable, and an inflatable plastic body. Functional: It is smaller than other general mouse to be carried easily.

    Icon Watch: Formal: simple and clean shape wrist watch. Functional: it gives simple information: time. Size: 1.25h x 1.25"w; Band: .75"w. Cost: $75. It is affordable.

    Lego Webcam: Formal: The Lego Webcam is a 2×2 Lego brick which has a tiny cam fixed within it. There’s a 50cm long cable which can be connected to your computer using the USB port. $79

    Nike IPOD Sport Kit: Formal: Simple rounded shape tracking product. Functional: It gives signal to iPod nano to track your progress, providing feedback on distance, time, pace and calories burned directly through headphones. Cost: $29 It is affordable

    Window Alarm: Formal: simple and clean shape alert product. Functional: It gives awareness to people when windows open. Ethical: it is simple to set up and use for varies age users. Cost: $7.99. It is affordable.

  • Design Criteria

    Communication, Industrial Design

    • Function: My goal is for the product to prevent children not to become missing children. I want to try to understand how children think, observe through their perspective, and behave when they run into unfamiliar situations for them. At this point, I think the function is my challenge. The function could helps children not to get lost their way, shows how to do after they become lost, or aids parents keep in touch with their children.

    • Form: Form follows the function. The form will be interesting and attractive shape to children. It won’t be a form that gives children a feeling that they are tracked or observed by their children. In addition, it will be natural to their outfit, underwear, or body in other to carrying it all the time.

    • Color & Materials: Colors should be attractive and for children and changeable not to give bore to children. Material must be safe and non-toxic for children. It also relies on the function of my design.

    • Cost: Cost is very important part for me because I want my product to be affordable to a wide range of income levels. There are no parents in the world who desire their children to become lost or who do not worry about their children when they cannot connect each other for even a while. Therefore, my product should be affordable.

    • Technology: At this point, I want to keep my product relatively high-tech. However, my product is going to be affordable for most children in the world, so I will adjust the technology between high and low-tech.

  • Street Observation

    Communication, Communication Design

    • What did you observe in the physical space? : I think 5th Av, 13th St is a little crowd street because there are many students from parsons and they pass on the street every time. I saw many people walking around the street and many parsons students sat on the stairs, tilted place under the window, or stood up in other to smoking, drinking, or talking. Moreover, I saw a driver get off from his car, put some coins into the parking meter, and then check the parking meter.

    • What did you observe in the social/interactions? : When I observed one group of students nearby windows, two of them sitting on the tilted place under the window, others were standing. Some of them were drinking a cup of coffee and smoking. They seemed they had fun with conversations and enjoyed the sunshine in cold weather.

    • Did you observe any issues/problems in physical and social space? : At that time, there were four students in a group. While I was observing the students, I realized that when some students sit, the others stand. I think because they want to face to face when they have conversation, but there are no chairs in front of the tilted place under the window. If they sit in a line, they will be bothered to have conversation by their bodies or heads.

    • How can design address those issues/problems? : We could design folding chairs that students could take out easily from the wall. It can be installed inside of the wall not to bother walking people on the street. The chair could give great comfort t...

  • Intersection (9/29)

    Communication, Industrial Design

    • Door & window Alarm: It can be used when parents and children separate each other

    • Amber Stick: we can access any database for missing children with using USB Flash drive

    • Child Tracker Alert, GPS: Parents can track their children by GPS system

    • Personal Black box (ex: CAR): when a car gets an accident, it records the scene.

    • Nike IPOD, GPS: People can set up the GPS module in a shoe pad.

My Interests

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