Friday, August 20th, 2010

Dong Yoon Park is a Designer and Creative Technologist.

I became interested in computer graphics with painting software Dr.Halo and Deluxe Paint, during the era of XT computers. I was fascinated with computer hardware & software, especially curious about how they construct beautiful graphics. The curiosity inspired me to study electrical engineering at Korea University, from semiconductor to operating system and I started working in the web design and development fields in 1999 with dot-com startups and internet boom.

After the military service and receiving my bachelor of engineering degree from Korea University, I worked at Samsung Electronics as a software research engineer, in the Telecommunication R&D Center, focusing on the user interface for GSM/WCDMA and experimental mobile phones. My collaboration with the creative team and previous experience in web design fueled my desire to become a designer.

From 2007 to 2009, I studied visual communication design at SADI(Samsung Art & Design Institute) and now I am studying at Parsons The New School for Design, in the MFA Design & Technology program. My current research interests include designing applications for evolving new mobile platforms, data visualization and 3D graphics. I’m currently working on diverse UI design projects and mobile Apps for iPad, iPhone and Android.

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Featured Works

Final App review for iPad

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Final App review for iPad. Now downloading iPhone SDK GM Seed for final build.

[Data Visualization As Generative Narrative] Readings 2

Friday, September 18th, 2009

1. Stephen Few, Effectively Communicating Numbers Selecting the Best Means and Manner of Display

This brief white paper about information visualization introduces practical and crucial rules of selecting graph types. Starting with Table and Graph, it shows several core types of data which are key elements to determine the type of visualization. Especially the concept of three types of categorical scale – nominal, ordinal, and interval – are basic but crucial. Proper selection of graph types to encode quantitative data can be achieved by understanding the characteristics of each graph types – Points, Lines, Bars and Boxes(Range bars). Visualization of data with these consideration will prevent from unintended miscommunication.

• Determine your message and identify your data
• Determine if a table, graph, or combination of both is needed to communicate your message
• Determine the best means to encode the values
• Determine where to display each variable
• Determine the best design for the remaining objects
• Determine if particular data should be featured, and if so, how

2. Jennifer Tidwell, Designing Interfaces: Showing Complex Data: Trees, Tables, and Other Information Graphics

This reading introduces more interesting concepts of data visualization including Preattentive variables, Colors, Navigations and Browsing, Sorting and Rearrangement, Filtering. Introduction of various examples with What, Why, use When and How gave me practical insight of applications. And I could rethink about computer’s GUI that, they are also information graphics and result of deep considerations. After reviewing these examples, I became to think about the fact that, it is extremely difficult to standardize the method of visualization, even though fundamental rules can be and should be applied to it.

Data viz inspiration – How Different Groups Spend Their Day

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

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This is an interactive data visualization on New York Times – visualizing the time consumption of people in groups. First of all, the stacked shapes of graph and simple buttons attracted me to easily get involved – visual attraction for interaction which I think very important. Second, the basic interactive actions – the transition between groups – work smoothly which made me stay longer. Especially, delicate and interesting detail information tracking the mouse cursor makes more exploration of this graph. It is good way to reveal the detail and specific data by mouse-over than mouse-click, layering the information with user interaction. In terms of visualization, and Data-Ink, I think this follows fundamental principles well, the grid on the background is dim enough to not disturbing my eyes from concentrating on main data elements. It is an intriguing interactive data visualization work, not that complicated, simple interactions with interesting stories.

[Data Visualization As Generative Narrative] Readings 1

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

1. Edward Tufte, Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Chapter 4, “Data-Ink and Graphical Redesign”

Edward Tufte, with his publications, showed us various examples of data visualization and emphasized the fundamental objectives of it. – to help people reason about quantitative information. I remember the impressive case discussion about the Challenger explosion, how poor data presentation contributed to the space shuttle disasters.

In this chapter, I can meet with interesting concept – ‘Data-Ink’ which means non-erasable core of a graphic to visualize data. And this concept is utilizaed as Data-Ink ratio which is proportion of a graphic’s ink devoted to the non-redundant display of data-information. Through the gradual improvment steps with trimming redundancies, it introduces simple but fundamental principles. These made me to rethink about tiny elements such as grid, units, numbers, points which were used so frequently that I could not think it as redundancy.  The main idea of this Data-Ink ratio and priciples is that, avoid visual disturbance caused by unnecessary elements. However, we should approach carefully, since the redundancy also can be a helpful element for context and aesthetic balance. Even though it would be an redundancy from the aspect of Data-Ink ratio, some graphical elements can improve the overall understanding of information.

2. Christiane Paul, The Database as System and Cultural Form: Anatomies of Cultural Narratives

About 10 years ago, as a software developer in the web solution company, I could experience the back end of the internet portals, community systems – the database. I have gone through many database projects with MS-SQL Server, Oracle and MySQL. These experiences made me to think the database as a storage for bulletin board data (or similar one). However, this article – Database Aesthetics – gave me a good inspiration, changed my viewpoint. With introduction of various types of different works with database I could rethink about the database and fundamental algorithms as a foundation of artistic and cultural narratives – possibilities of synergy between database and narrative. Now I could rethink about our surroundings. All of our life is related with database – contact list in the cellphone, email boxes, bank account transactions data, class registrations, metro cards… And these database can be a source of possiblity.