Hi, I'm Sungjoon • Steve
I enjoy designing thoughtful products, developing individuals & teams to be at their best, and investing in technologies that can make life simple.  
These have led me on a journey filled with excitement as well as challenges that helped me grow as a person and as a designer.
My journey
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Notable work & contributions
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Some of the past work I've been most proud of focused on enabling people to be productive, designing tools to shape ideas, and defining how mobile can be mindful & highly intentional in your day-to-day.
Design leadership
On an adventure helping shape work and crafting ideas in better ways. Managing & growing a talented team of designers focused on teams, monetization, user trust, and enterprise.
2020.3 - Current
Head of Design (Emerging products),
Head of Studio (Incubation)
Built a new team focused on incubation and new product development. Founded two products (Tarte, Focusbot) and helped grow NAVER's own browser (Whale) and translator (Papago).
2017.1 - 2020.1
Lead, Senior Designer, PM
Took on a few different roles. Started out as a PM on Windows, then came back as a Designer in Office. During this time, started another bottom-up initiative that I got to pitch to Bill Gates in person and ultimately ship on Android & iOS.
2014.1 - 2016.12
Designed at the intersection of software and hardware. Was fortunate to work on various mobile, tablets, and wearables products including the Galaxy series. Started a bottom-up initiative and founded S-View cover, which grew into a new multi-million dollar business for Samsung.
2009.2 - 2013.12
London Design Biennale
Creative Technologist
Represented South Korea with a team of graphic & product designers in an international design biennale. Took place in Sommrset House, London.
Non-fiction "회사에서 티 나게 딴짓하기"
Was offered an opportunity to push a book, sharing learnings on design and putting momentum behind your passion.
Contextual Web History
Lead researcher at Carnegie Mellon University
Independent project that grew into a full research paper accepted at ACM CHI and received awards from IBM & others.
Occasionally, I share my learnings in different forums.
Thoughts and articles on design
List of thoughts pieces here.
👋 You can also find me on LinkedIn, Twitter, or Coda
- Sungjoon Steve Won