Maxine is an animal lover and loves to cook. She was born in South Korea, immigrated to Canada when she was 17, then moved to New York to achieve what she loves. Her visceral approach to interaction design has lead her to focus on tactile interfaces at the intersection of materiality and computation. She is an interactive/creative technologist who is fascinated by aesthetic qualities of human experience blended with technology.
Minsung loves making things to explore her creativity and express her design thought. Before studying at Parsons MFA Design and Technology, she was an artist in South Korea. In Korea, she struggled with her calling and how to use art in a more meaningful way. She believes that combining art and technology together would make the communication between people more efficient, and that technology has brought various innovative possibilities to the traditional understanding of art. She uses such methods to make people think about things they would normally overlook.
HIDE raises awareness of cruelty to animals in the service of fashion. The focus is the fur trade and the pain animals suffer due to trapping and farming practices--a horrifying inconvenient truth, revealed through wearable technology. HIDE denounces the torture and slaying of animals to make fur coats and evokes the animals’ horrifying deaths. HIDE reveals the true cost of supporting the fur industry and invites consumers to reconsider buying fur products in the future. HIDE efficiently delivers the experience to participants through the new medium of wearable technology, raising consciousness due to the product's controversial look. The hope is that, by educating consumers about the inhumane farming and trapping of fur-bearing animals, HIDE will cause people to rethink the nature of beauty.