Pre-thesis 1: Card Sorting

Step 1

Here are my 15 inspirations.

Step 2

Why? Why? Why?

Step 3

5 questions:

  1. Smart Mirror: How might we envision the future of smart home devices?
  2. Linkedin: How might we help job-seekers to experience companies’ culture and environments and decide if they want to go to the company accordingly?
  3. Flutter: How might we bridge the gap between designers and engineers and make their collaboration smoother?
  4. UIST — PuPoP: Pop-up Prop on Palm for Virtual Reality: How might we make the VR experience more impressive through the sensation of “feeling” or other sensation other than sight?
  5. Google Map AR: What’s the next step for the Google Map AR? How might we improve mapping service with emerging technology?
  6. Dear Data: Is there any way to quickly visualize data and make it easy to understand without any programming skill?

Step 5


Step 6

  • Ask about this History of Your Topic
  • Ask about its Structure and Composition
  • Ask How your Topic is Categorized
  • Turn the Positive Questions into Negative Ones
  • Ask What if? and Other Speculative Questions
  • Ask Questions Suggested by your Sources

Smart Mirror

  1. How do the items of furniture evolve to smart home devices? What’ s the history of home automation?
  2. Can smart home devices have emotions?
  3. How can we imagine the future of home automation?
  4. How can we define the intimacy between smart home devices and people?
  5. What if all the objects in our house come to life? How will they communicate with others?
  6. What’s the data/info from our daily life that we’ve used/not yet used on the smart devices?


  1. How do people search for a job?(including all activities not only on the job-hunting applications.)
  2. What are the pain points of looking for a job? What’s the general user journey of seeking a job?
  3. From HR’s perspective, what are the pain points of finding an ideal candidate for a job? What’s the general user journey of it?
  4. How might we envision the future of job hunting websites/apps?
  5. Can the job-hunting process be smoother, easier and more efficient?
  6. How to reduce job-seekers’ anxiety?


  1. What are the pain points that designers may encounter when they collaborate with engineers?
  2. What are the pain points that developers may encounter when they collaborate with designers?
  3. What’s designers’ language? What’s developers’ language?
  4. How to quickly deliver design to developers’ side and clearly explain all the details?
  5. How might we have the empathy for different roles in our team and feel their pain?
  6. What’s the ideal collaboration process from designers’ side to engineer’s side?

UIST — PuPoP: Pop-up Prop on Palm for Virtual Reality

  1. Can we share haptics in VR?
  2. How to create haptic interfaces in VR?
  3. How to share the VR experience with others?
  4. What’s the difference between 4D theater and VR?
  5. How might we make VR experience more immersive other than haptics?
  6. What does the VR experience sound/feel like for the visual-impaired people?

Google Map AR

  1. What if we can have this technique as a wearable device?
  2. What’s the history of AR?
  3. What’s the info that we can access from the street?
  4. Can we have sound and music as part of map AR?
  5. Can we visualize the history of the street?
  6. How to guide users to use Google Map AR smoothly?
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