National Park Service. Visitor Experience for the Next Centennial

September ~ October 2014 (2 month)
Visitor journey map
Define the National Park Service’s visions for digital integration, visitor experience with digital and programs / projects to support the next generation of park visitor. A joint effort with the Accenture team.
Note: National Park Service will celebrate 100 years of serving America in 2016. Accenture has initiated this project as a gift to the celebration. And I am honored to be part of this project.
    Engagement Lead
    Service Design Lead
> Interaction Designer
    Visual Designer (Illustration)
    Accenture Federal

New York, San Francisco, Washington, San Jose, Chicago

Visitor Journey Map

2014 NPS journey

^  Final deliverable that illustrates future experience with digital integration

I was responsible for creating this map and here’s the process:


2014 NPS park visit 1

^ Research the National Park Service organization and the visitor experience. The Fjord team had the opportunity to visit Harpers Ferry and Gettysburg where we were treated to this amazing ranger tour. Dennis, a park ranger with 30+ years experience, knows the details and history of the park by heart, and his passion for it is infectious. We learned about the dreams and challenges of delivering ‘Power of Place’ by creating ‘Boundaryless Park’.


2014 NPS rumble crop


^ Generate ideas for visitor journey in the future with client at a workshop

(4 groups generate ideas for ideal visitor experience based on the personas that they developed)



^ The idea that came out of the workshop were then digitized by group facilitators. The Fjord team then talked through the ideas to construct the future visitor journey in a cohesive and polished way. I conceived a way to organize the information into a Google spreadsheet such that each row and column would function to support the story that we wanted to tell. (Simultaneously, 3 outstanding ideas are being developed into concepts. )



^ Based on the Google spreadsheet, I create a draft of customer journey map so that the visual designer can use as a reference. All components, information are near the final state at this point


2014 NPS step 4

^ A beautiful skin is applied
(by Service Design Lead)


Presented to client and incorporated feedback before the final submission.




^ Sample pages of the concept deliverable

(I collaborated with the Service Design Lead to develop the concept scripts. Then the visual designer illustrated the story.)

  • Research – workshop (vision, ideation) – visitor journey & concepts – capability & gap analysis


  • played a key and leading role on the project throughout all activities
  • supported the engagement leader facilitating the workshop, synthesized the workshop result, led creation of visitor journey, and participated in concept development


  • navigating through a low budget constraint and complex work structure


  • National Park Service is pleased with the deliverable and plans to implement
  • Accenture technology lab will be developing prototype
  • The journey map is mentioned as great examples of Fjord’s work internally

Marriott. Service Design for the Next Generation Travellers

July ~ September, 2014 (3 month)
Research summary
Competitive audit
Customer journey (current state)
Introduction of service design language for managing a customer experience that is supported by multiple channels.
Marriott’s customer service is unable to serve millennial travelers who are digital natives. In order to serve them in a cohesive and relevant way, Marriott enlisted Fjord’s vision and methodology to create an organizational change.

    Group Director Organization Evolution
    Business Design Lead
    Service Design Lead
    Visual Design Lead
> Interaction Design
    Visual Design
    Accenture Team

New York, San Francisco, Chicago

Research Summary


^ Executive summary page to narrate research findings

(I participated in the synthesis and summarizing of research findings)



^ Competitive analysis as part of research summary

I was responsible for the competitive analysis. Instead of comparing hotel chains, I constructed the research as inspirations and trends. I found key trends and examples that back up the trend from various industries including hospitality, retail, travel, technology and entertainment.

Current State Customer Journey Map


^ Customer journey map of current state to diagnose breakpoints

(I set the foundation of the document and then visual designer added skin)

Opportunity Areas


^ Part of final deliverable – future opportunities

(Final deliverables were created by the visual design lead. I constructed the foundation work through the following process:)

The process of creating both customer journey and opportunities deliverables



Synthesize existing Marriott research (there’s a lot.) and Fjord’s finding to construct a comprehensive map



^ From the customer journey of current state (focusing on breakpoints), build future opportunities with client



^ Generate consensus within the team through discussions and votes

(Side note, I did these drawings)



^ Create narratives to highlight future opportunities


 Hand over to visual designers for final touch

  • Research (primary, stakeholders, competitive landscape) – workshop – customer journey / business case


  • researched competitive landscape trend of provocative and cohesive customer service throughout multiple industries including hospitality, retail and technology to provide inspiration for higher vision for the client
  • created current state customer journey map to highlight break points of the customer experience (used at a workshop)
  • created the initial plan and set the foundation for the future state customer journey that highlights opportunities


  • comprehending complex organization that supports customer experience and visually highlighting break points and opportunities


  • Client developing programs / projects that came out from the service design deliverables

KIA. Customer Experience from Sales to Service

May ~ June, 2014 (2 month)
Research summary
Guideline for concepts
Customer journey map

Discovery of opportunity areas and guidelines for customer experience roadmap for KIA in the U.S and E.U markets. Kia wanted to develop compelling and consistent customer experience from sales to service globally. Fjord New York has been selected to research and develop preliminary concepts so that Accenture Korea could implement them in customer experience management.

    Service Design Lead
    Business Design Lead
> Interaction Designer
    Accenture Korea

New York, LA, Seoul

Customer Journey of Current State & Opportunity Areas

2014 KIA-Customer-Journey-V4-FINAL-small

^ Customer journey map from sales to service that highlights disconnected interactions between divisions in the current state. As a core team member of this project, I created this document based on our research findings and concepts. It took many whiteboard sketches and stickies to figure out the right story. Here’s the process.

Process of Creating the Journey Map


^ The team visited dealers and stakeholders in the U.S and U.K (I visited 4 dealers in the U.S), and interviewed 8 consumers who recently purchased a vehicle.  From the interviews, we identified car buyer/owner’s pain points as well as Kia’s organizational challenges.


^ 7 themes were extracted out of the research findings


^ Many whiteboard sketches were drawn to find the right way to visualize our themes in the context of customer experience.

2014 KIA Customer Journey V1-01

^ The first version of the journey map is created.


^ We presented our research findings, themes and the journey map in a client workshop to align on our vision and generate future concepts. (2 days workshop at Irvine, CA)


^ After we came back to NY studio, we developed the concepts that were generated in the workshop further into more compelling stories and laid out where our concepts are applicable in the customer experience.

Research Summary and Concepts


^ Sample pages of the final delivery that explains our process, principles and concepts

(I have been part of every step in the project from visiting dealers to developing concepts to support this final document)

  • Workshop – research (stakeholder interview, dealer interview, customer interview) – current state customer journey – concept framework


  • as a main/solo interaction designer, supported the team leaders in every step of the project
  • created current state customer journey map that illustrates disconnections and highlights opportunity areas


  • comprehending complex organization that supports customer experience and visually highlighting break points and opportunities


  • Concepts were further developed by Frum (Korean service design agency)
  • Client developing global programs / projects from the concepts
  • Client and Accenture Korea team who collaborated in the project were impressed by the work that we did and the way we work as well.

Citibank. Tablet App for Corporate Banking

November 2013 ~ January 2014 (3 month)
Rumble (Workshop) and synthesis
Visual design
Enhancement of Citi Direct BE tablet app (banking app for corporate and public sector customers.). Fjord has designed the first version of Citi Direct BE app (iOS only), and Citibank came back to design the next version of the application which would expand to Android and Windows platforms.
Corporate banking involves multiple bank accounts in multiple currencies and multiple banks in many geographical locations. The users of this app can be senior treasurers or CFOs who would need a birds eye view of their organization’s finance and make decisions.
    Business Design Director
    Service Design Lead
> Interaction Designer
    Visual Designer

New York, Dublin

Final Design



^ Final design for map view and chart view

Design Process



^ 2 days workshop with clients to set the vision and deep dive in corporate banking


^ Architecture sketches for multiple platforms

2014 CTS wfr 2

^ Sample page of platform exploration document

2014 CTS wfr 1

^ Detailed speculation for filtersets

Out in the Market

2014-CTS-appstore google

2014-CTS-appstore windows


^ In the fall 2014, the app is out to Apple Appstore, Android marketplace and Microsoft Windows store.

  • Stakeholder interviews – workshop – design research – detail design – prototype


  • support facilitating the 2 days workshop
  • translated a complex banking data into a comprehensive story by providing clear rules and developing patterns of the UI
  • recommended design framework for multi-platform development (Windows Surface, Android and iOS)
  • created click-through prototype (InVision) for demo


  • understanding complex subject matter
  • creating robust, and yet easy-to-use tool


  • developed by Citibank Innovation Lab in Dublin and out in the market in the fall 2014

  • won the award for Best Mobile Service or App for the Enterprise at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, 2015. Citi was the first bank to receive this award, the honor have been given to tech or telecommunications sector in the past.

Play with Playmobil. Service Design Prototyping Tool


December 2013 ~ March 2014 (3 month)


One of the best way to build a successful digital interface is through prototyping (AKA failing fast). Same principle can be applied to service design, but we have limited tools to prototype systems where we have to consider people and surroundings. To bring service design methodology in our everyday design practice, Lena Hammes and I proposed to purchase a series of Playmobil. The small size replication of our world can be used in all stage of service design process from visualizing complex systems to envisioning design solutions.

Our proposal was accepted and I ran two series of design sessions to show what they are, and how we use them.


This was not a client project, but an initiative that came out of my curiosity. Finding a way to work better as a team is also a big part of what I do at Fjord.


2014 Playmobil proposal

^ Summary of our proposal

They are here!

2014 Playmobil

^ This is a shot from the day it arrived (January, 2014). After the arrival, I ran a couple of design workshops to promote our new hires into the studio.

Design Workshop Part 1


^ On Feb 14, 2014, I invited everyone in the New York studio to brief what we’ve got and why we got them as well as to give them hands-on experiences. We divided into 3 groups and within 30 min of time, they produced really fun stories told with Playmobils.

Design Workshop Part 2

2014 Playmobile example

^ Soon after the first workshop, designers started using Playmobil in their work. A team did a great concept deck to show a workflow of an app that they were designing, which was a great way to visualize the usage of the app without showing too much details. Another team bought more Playmobil sets to use in the business development deck to visualize their perception on the subject matter. On March 21, we had ‘Play with Playmobil’ workshop part 2 to showcase these examples.

Design Clinic. Weekly Gathering on Design

September, 2012 ~ Now (over 2 years)

Internal presentation
Guest presentation
Field trips
Design workshops
Video watching


Weekly design discussion in Fjord New York studio. I initiated and organized this series of meetings with 2 other colleagues, Nour Diab and Petra Farinha, over 2 years to support education, inspiration and bonding. Every Friday 4 PM I go around and ring beer bell in the studio, and we all gather to talk about design. I am very happy that we, as a team, spent time together to cultivate our own curiosity.

> Organizer

New York

2014 Design Clinic drawing3

^  Design Clinic on Drawing by Visual Design Lead, Brian McLaughlin. April, 2014

2014 Design Clinic fieldtrip-cooperunion2

^  Field trip to <Image of the Studio, a portrait of New York City graphic design> at Cooper Union. October, 2013

2014 Design Clinic littlebits

^  LittleBits Workshop with LittleBits. August, 2014

2014 Design Clinic IxDA

^  Extended Design Clinic as IxDA meetup on Wearables. August, 2014


  • initiator, curator, organizer, occasional presenter and all time beer ringer
  • recruited internal and external speakers
  • organized field trips to various types of exhibitions
  • facilitated design exercises


  • internal presentation/workshop: what’s happening in Congo, 3D printing, design + business
  • guest speakers: Critter and Guitari, LittleBits, BeerBot
  • fieldtrip: Pencil to Pixel at Monogram, Applied Design at Moma, Brooklyn Design at Dumbo
  • design workshop: improv, play with playmobile (I led 2 sessions), book binding
  • debate: debate over ‘How to lie with Design Thinking’ with Dan Saffer
  • video: The Invention of Dr.Nakamats, Objectified


  • Fjord New York studio has been growing very fast in size and the organization became challenge over time


  • grew into 3 people team with Nour Diab and Petra Farinha
  • Mentioned as heros at Fjord USA gathering
  • in employee surveys, team members mentioned Design Clinic sessions as highly valuable time at Fjord.
  • in September 2014, we opened a session with larger design community by hosting IxDA meetup (on wearable). We sold out 80 seats in a day, and participants were very engaged.