Thursday, September 25, 2008

I used to be...

a baller in high school. Still I am. Still I can be if time allows me to do so...
I spend most of my day on a chair nowdays either attending classes and doing homework. I mean, that's why I'm here for but today I really felt like playing basketball and run around. I was talking to my other baller friend the other day and we miss those good ol dayz. I will go see Knicks' game sometime this season.


I used to play games a lot until graduating from college but this kind of building-up the stage game was very new to me. I really stayed up more than 24 hours with help of non stop drinking coffee. I'm very happy about our game which contained lots of different mini games in one level. It was a amazing experience but I don't think I can stay all night up again for a while.

There are more pictures on MTV site. See if you are there :D

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Design Brief on ‘A Flower Alarm Clock’

Sunrise in the Union Square

With my Parsons Planet teammates, I got to see the very quite Union Square around 6:30 am. I stayed all night up and it was kind of exciting because I really don't stay awake late often. Fresh breeze, nice talk, and the calmness made me recharged.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Green Market @ Union Square

It was this Wednesday I went to Union Square Green Market after class. I loved the awesome whether and hope it stays like that longer. I don't like cold whether but funny things is I've always lived in extremely cold places during winter like Colorado Springs, Chicago, Seoul, Connecticut, Wisconsin.... I guess it's my destiny to bear with coldness...

Thursday, September 18, 2008

My block is the shooting location

They were shooting Candace Bushnell's Book Lipstick Jungle in front of my apartment. How exciting! I didn't get to see any actor though. I'm looking forward to seeing this new drama.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Design Brief on 'Turnstile'

Goldfrapp Concert

Sept 12 2008

I didn't know much about Goldfrapp until my friend asked me to go to this concert. As I listen more and more, I keep falling in love with its stylish instrumental usage and vocal tone. I even became their fan in facebook. lol

How to wash your hands

I found this in google image when I was searching about the hand sanitizer. I mean... Who does this???

Extended Study of Object: Purell Hand Sanitizer

Extended Study of Object: Purell Hand Sanitizer
By Iva Son

- FDA definition - “a supplement or alternative to hand washing with soap and water” (Retrieved from Wikipedia)

- How does it work?
Hand sanitizers work by stripping away the outer layer of oil on the skin. This usually prevents bacteria present in the body from coming to the surface of the hand.
(Retrieved from

- Manufacturer?
Slogan- “Imagine the touchable world”
Kills 99.99% of most common germs that may cause illness as little as 15 seconds.
Specially formulated moisturizers leave hands feeling soft and refreshed even after repeated use

- Target consumers? All but keep it away from children just in case.

- History? On June 27, 2006 Johnson & Johnson announced its acquisition of the Pfizer Consumer Healthcare division, which includes the Purell brand. In 2006, New York Times reported that Purell is heavily used by politicians during election season, when they have to shake countless hands so it attracted more consumers.

- Point of contact? When people are in contact with various objects and need to clean their hands without physically going to the restroom (e.g. bankers, post officers, cashiers…).

- How to use it?
1. Squirt the hand sanitizer into palm of your writing hand. It should be about the size of a quarter.
2. Start rubbing your hands together. Be sure to get every single spot and not miss any part.
3. Sing the "Happy Birthday" song to yourself twice to time yourself, Don't finish until the song is done for the second time.
4. Finish up. Don't dry your hands on a towel, it will be better to let them air dry. You have used hand sanitizer correctly. (Retrieved from

- Design? Plastic. Simple. Light. Very practical and serves its purpose as a hygienic product. Size varies(2L, 8 fl. oz. (236 mL), 2 fl. oz. (59 mL), 1 fl. oz. (30 mL), 0.5 fl. oz. (15 mL), even wipes) Small ones are small enough to fit into pocket. Large ones can be hung on the wall(hospital-new born babies room). Substance is untangible(?) because it’s kind of liquid.

- Solves problem? Quite. It temporarily and partially kills bacteria in your hand.

- Color? Transparent white, green, pink

- Active ingredient: Ethyl alcohol 62% that are more effective at killing germs than soaps

- Price? 99cents(2oz) to $50(40 oz) – very affordable. It lasts long. Small one lasts about 3weeks-a month?

- Various kinds to fulfill consumer’s needs:
Instant Hand Sanitizer, Instant Hand Sanitizer Moisture Therapy, Instant Hand Sanitizer Ocean Mist, Instant Hand Sanitizer Spring Bloom, with Aloe Instant Hand Sanitizer

- Pros
Handy, you many not able to find places to wash your hands all the time.

- Cons
Harmful to small children. The product is flammable and may discolor fabrics.
Hand sanitizers don't have a positive effect on your immune system. ...
The manufacturers of the products test the products on inanimate surfaces so they are able to derive the claims of 99.9 % of bacteria killed. However, we are moving around and our lives are inconsistent every moment.

- Opposite object?
Soap(hard or liquid). These should be the primary method for washing hands. A full length time to wash hand will take minimum of 10-20seconds (30 seconds recommended)

Object Study: Purell Hand Sanitzer

Yum in NYC

For the first class, I expressed myself with "Yum's Diary" the comic strip I published in the Korea Times-Chicago in 2005 and 2006. Here I am.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Museums in Chelsea

September 9th, 2008

Around 5 pm, I hung around in Chelsea area and visited few museums. Most of them closed at 6 so we had to move at full speed. I will probably go early in the Saturday afternoon next time.