Meet the 18 students who will make up the Class of 2017. Over the next few weeks, we’ll highlight three incoming students. Today: Shane, Song, and Uijun.
Following four years of service in the United States Marine Corp, where he fought in the Battle of Fallujah, Shane returned to New York City in 2007 unsure of his next move. He held various jobs as a waiter, bartender, wine and spirit salesman, fur coat deliverer, horse-track photographer, and NY State Court Officer. In 2010, he returned to school to pursue a Master’s degree in Anthropology, and became fascinated in the intersections between culture and technology. He decided then to build a career around those interests and discovered the growing field of User Experience, which would serve as a logical fit for his anthropological background.
Shane is currently developing a NYC Basketball Court Locator App, which he hopes can strengthen the culture and community for local basketball players who want to challenge themselves by finding new courts and competition to play.
Song is a visual designer living in New York City. Born and raised in South Korea, she moved to the United States at 15, living in a number of East Coast locations including South Jersey, Rhode Island, and New York.
Song holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design. After graduating, she worked as a graphic designer for DiMassimo Goldstein where she had the great honor of re-branding Reader’s Digest which is currently published in over 50 countries. Song has also had the opportunity to study under Richard Wilde, the Chair of Design and Advertising Department at School of Visual Arts. While there, she focused on UI/UX design study with her colleagues and agencies such as R/GA and Google.
Besides designing and working behind the computer, Song loves to cook, explore hidden gems in NYC, enjoy bourbons, and lift weights.
Born and raised in Seoul, Korea, Uijun has always been excited about solving problems with creative thinking that eventually improves people’s everyday life experience. To be more specific, his interests include better understanding about user needs in addition to expanding knowledge in prototyping and designing products or services.
While majoring in Industrial Design at Handong University, Uijin was deeply inspired by an idea that designers must take multiple aspects into consideration comprehensively in that people easily make mistakes when encountered design problems. From then on, he has been putting his energy into acquiring skills and knowledge in basic and advanced design methods for grasping human anatomy, behavior, and interaction. Upon graduation, he worked several years in a mobile phone manufacturer, Pantech, as an User Interface designer.
Now, he is thrilled to continue this journey at SVA and looks forward to working with people from diverse backgrounds.