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.

Silk It

Silk screen printing toolkit for custom apparel with anyone’s hand-drawing


We designed Silk it, a silk screen printing toolkit to create custom apparel for end-users. It consists of silk frame, drawing pen, squeezer, palette, and special inks. Instead of digital printing technique, we focused on hand-drawing for high accessibility to print without using specialized equipment. We applied Drawing Fluid and Filler of Speedball as key material. Using this toolkit, anyone can make own custom apparel easily and rapidly. It can be used by kids for educational purpose, as well as large groups to make uniforms for instant events.

Related Course

Design Project I, ID KAIST