Han-Jong Kim, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Design
Korea Polytechnic University
hanjongkim (at) kpu.ac.kr
I am an assistant professor at Korea Polytechnic University, Republic of Korea. I received BSc, MSc, and PhD in industrial design from KAIST.

My research interest is developing new design prototyping tools to support prospective designers. The approach of development lies in integrating scientific knowledge and practical design skills to achieve usable systems. The main objective of my research is to build well-finished prototyping systems to deploy to the public, and derive robust observations and implications from actual usage in the wild. To conduct my previous studies, I was trained as designer-researcher having convergent thinking and skills for visual design, interaction design, system development, and evaluative study.

I have developed several prototyping tools for design scenario (MiniStudio, SketchStudio) and mechanism design (M.Sketch) for my PhD period. Now I am extending my viewpoint to find valuable prototyping system in design practice and education.

Beats by Sound

Interactive kinetic typography actuated by beat of music


I developed the speaker system with kinetic typography, named ‘beats by sound’. The five bars having perpendicular panels were rotated by sound of music. This work was tended to integrate previous work using rotating and flipping with sound-based actuating mechanism such as Keepon by Kozima. The words ‘beats’ and ‘audio’ were shown at certain points alternatively by the beats of sounds. While one word is showing, another word that perpendicular to showing word become hidden on the façade. The perpendicular word panels attached on the bar were made by color acrylic panel. The sides of panels were also considered for readability of words so we designed colors of each side. White side can make panel invisible when the panel lies horizontally. We selected main colors black and red that are the color of audio system brand named beatsaudio. These two color had high contrast with white back.

Related Course

Media Interaction Design, ID KAIST