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.


Recently, with the flow of protection of the environment, the ratio of using bicycle is increasing. Many developed countries have made an effort to make citizens use bicycles instead of car through many policies and facilities for them. The bicycle helmet is necessity for bicycle riding. However, people don’t want to wear it although they know they have to wear it. The reason of avoidance of wearing helmet is that it is inconvenient for carrying. We devised the new concept design of bicycle helmet which has the function of bicycle lock which riders have to carry. In this Undergraduate Research Program, we performed the research process which contains brainstorming, survey, design process, development, 3D modeling and rendering for the design of helmet named ‘LOCK-ON’. We expect that the helmet can provide convenience, safety, and security at the same time.



Red dot design award: design concept 2010


Shape design, 3D modeling and rendering