The first inspiring data visualization design experience was continued to the investigation in a variety of UX/UI and data-driven projects that integrate digital and physical information in diverse fields including interactive data visualization, mobile/web services, social network service, portal service and interactive installations for digital advertising and media art. In this period, my data and UX/UI design practice was dedicated to the improvement of people's daily experience — personal and communal.
While working on an award-winning KT Olleh Square
project for KT (the leading Korean telecommunications organization) as a lead UX designer at Vinyl Interactive
in Korea, I was aware of different data consumption and manupulation patterns of users in the spatial environment compare to the web/mobile-based cyber world. At Naver Corporation
—South Korea’s premier Internet company and top search portal, I was involved in a team for the portal service named Naver
and learned the impact of huge data derived from the company's data center on various decision-making stages for human-centered designs. Particulary, working for a Social Network Service, called me2day
was a fascinating opportunity not only to discover the social and cultural impact of user-generated data and content in a social network ecosystem, but to scrutinize novel ideas regarding potential data utilizations in the next generation social network world.
In the meantime, I also challenged more sophisticated data visualization for personal practices, teaching myself front-end development skills and pursuing user-centered designs. Visualizing Works
was the first web-based interactive data visualization that illustrates 63 works that I have done from 2002 to 2010. This project allowed me to learn ways of designing and developing an interactive data visualization considering the effectivity, memorability, and accessibility of data-driven interfaces based on color theories. Another observable project was a web application, DataLovers
that shows 100 recent tweets and 100 useful websites for Data Beginners who want to initially explore the world of Data Visualization. Working on this project, I noticed the great value of creating data visualization applications for education.
From 2008 to 2014 in Korea, fortunately, I had incomparable opportunities to build foundations allow me to have two specialties, Data Visualization and UX/UI design. In doing so, I was expected that the practices go beyond two fields as a designer will lead me to an innovative venue in the future.
Yet, I began to be curious about ways of having deeper and my own interpretation of data as a designer. Furthermore, for long years, I had a desire to work in a global setting. These ambitions fueled me to leave Korea and started the first journey at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2014 Autumn.