Gene Lu's Portfolio

A self-initiated project with Duncan Hoge that showcases Pokémon-inspired Nike shoes created with the Nike iD Builder.

Pokémon and Nike iD

A self-initiated project with Duncan Hoge that showcases Pokémon-inspired Nike shoes created with the Nike iD Builder.

Aug, 10
A collection of run routes that I've mapped out and completed over the past couple of years.

Running Routes

A collection of run routes that I’ve mapped out and completed over the past couple of years.

Dec, 21
It's like Rock Band, but for running. 2 years ago, this was a concept. Today, it is a reality.

Nike+ Running and Spotify

It’s like Rock Band, but for running. 2 years ago, this was a concept. Today, it is a reality.

Aug, 23
I used to have doubts about starting a Tumblr until earlier this year. Here's a quick writeup about one of those Tumblrs.

Nike+ Running Tumblr

I used to have doubts about starting a Tumblr until earlier this year. Here’s a quick writeup about one of those Tumblrs.

Jan, 30
In early 2014, R/GA and Nike collaborated on Nike+ Running's first app on a wearable device, the Samsung Gear S.

Nike+ Running and Samsung Gear S

In early 2014, R/GA and Nike collaborated on Nike+ Running’s first app on a wearable device, the Samsung Gear S.

Jan, 24
Kicking off 2015 properly with a champagne chair dedicated to the Oregon Outdoors. This was a part of the Design Within Reach Champagne Chair contest.

The Unsinkable Chair Project

Kicking off 2015 properly with a champagne chair dedicated to the Oregon Outdoors. This was a part of the Design Within Reach Champagne Chair contest.

Jan, 01
A brief post on the evolution of UX for the Nike+ photo sharing feature.

Nike+ Photo Sharing

A brief post on the evolution of UX for the Nike+ photo sharing feature.

Feb, 19
Run of Thrones combines my interest in running and my love for HBO's Game of Thrones. Here's more from my interview with Huffington Post.

Run of Thrones

Run of Thrones combines my interest in running and my love for HBO’s Game of Thrones. Here’s more from my interview with Huffington Post.

Jul, 20
Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to work with Tender Creative as the lead experience designer in redesigning the Public Art Fund's website.

Public Art Fund Redesign

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to work with Tender Creative as the lead experience designer in redesigning the Public Art Fund’s website.

Oct, 05

NikeFuel Stickers: Contextualizing a New Metric

The Nike FuelBand was released earlier this year and with it, came a new metric, NikeFuel (NF). A lot of […]

Sep, 27

Nike 1thology, It’s Alive!

A few days ago, Nike and R/GA launched (soft) the Nike 1thology Facebook app that I worked on a while […]

Jul, 24

Nike 1thology

Overview In 2007, R/GA created an interactive Flash site that cataloged hundreds of unique Nike Air Force 1s around the […]

Jul, 23

Copilot’s Deal Performance Analytics Tool

Copilot is a service that provides restaurants with instant reports on the performance of their past deal campaigns. Earlier this […]

Mar, 24

Kobe VII System

Late last year, Nike released the latest Kobe shoe, the Kobe VII System and needed a product detail page to […]

Mar, 12

Nike Gear Up

Nike Gear Up is an e-commerce solution that recommends a set of products to consumers based on their answers to […]

Mar, 11

Thunder, Thunder, Thundercats!

About a week ago, I dug into my treasure trove of childhood memories and attempted to reconnect with an old […]

Dec, 25

The Economic Ripple Effect of Investing in Education

A couple of weeks ago, fellow interaction designer and data visualization enthusiast, Sera Koo and I worked together on a […]

Sep, 16

“Get to the Choppah!”

During my teenage years, I used to obsess over Predator. There was something super cool about the helmet (a bit […]

Sep, 13

Infauxgraphics, Beware!

Like most people in the design community, I love infographics. Instead of having your eyes glaze over while looking at […]

Jun, 13

Open IXD 2011 Presentations

If you happened to miss the thesis presentations from SVA’s MFA in Interaction Design program last month, the videos are […]

Jun, 03

Kenpachi Munny Doll

With school out forever and summer right around the corner, I spent some time today finishing a project that I […]

May, 29

Hand Wash Tracker for the Hospital

A while back, several of us (Michael Katayama, Colleen Miller, Eric St. Onge, and I) at the School of Visual […]

May, 24

Capturing the Interaction Design Thesis Process

Open House at SVA’s MFA in Interaction Design program seemed like it was only yesterday. I remember feeling my heart […]

May, 17

A Chance to Parallax

For the final leg of my thesis project, I had to create a one page website that summarizes what my […]

May, 02

Nike+ Plus Dogs

Thesis has taken over my life. Activities like eating three meals a day, getting at least 7 hours of sleep […]

Apr, 21

Final User Journey

After a brief brainstorming session with fellow schoolmate and soon to be 2nd year student, Sera Koo, I came up […]

Apr, 19

Shooting a Live User Journey

As you might have noticed, I usually do my user journeys in sketches, but being that this is my last […]

Apr, 12

Wireframes and Prototypes

I spent the past week iterating and testing wireframes for the Story Forest iPhone app using the method as described […]

Mar, 29

Story Forest Flowchart

Before moving to wireframes, I created the user task flows for Story Forest. By going through this process, I can […]

Mar, 21

Story Forest Logo

This is a follow up to the sketches that I had posted earlier yesterday. As mentioned before, I was originally […]

Mar, 19

Story Forest Logo Sketches

Here’s a quick first round sketch of logos for Story Forest. I’m leaning towards the last logo in the list […]

Mar, 18

Paper Prototyping the Interactions with a Memory Tree

The interaction between people with their memory trees plays an important role in this project. To figure out whether or […]

Mar, 17

User Journey (Initial Rough Draft)

Before diving into the user journey, I’d like to introduce you to Ethan. Ethan Currently Ethan is a young professional […]

Mar, 14

Notes on Nostalgia

Most of what I’ve read so far aligns with the findings from my prototyping research.  The content below also sheds […]

Mar, 14

Catalyzing the Global Dialogue

“Catalyzing the Global Dialogue”, Winner of the World Economic Forum Data Visualization Challenge for Visualizing.org, November 2010. In collaboration with […]

Mar, 11
From Joomla! to WordPress

From Joomla! to WordPress

Holy cow, I never thought that I’d be free from the shackles of my outdated Joomla! CMS, which still lurks […]

Mar, 07

Story Forest

After my meeting with thesis adviser, Rob Faludi last Thursday, I’ve updated my statement to the following: Story Forest shares […]

Feb, 26

1st Round of Prototyping

Last night, with the help of my brother, Will, I completed my first round of prototyping for Memori. Will was […]

Feb, 17

Sticking with this Concept

In this post, I’ve finalized on my thesis concept and I’ll also be wrapping up questions from my last post […]

Feb, 03

The City as a Memory Tool

How can moments, which are individually encapsulated at points within the urban landscape,  self-reflect on our past to help us […]

Jan, 28

Hometown Concept Map

“The steps in-between were more fulfilling than achieving the goal.” This statement, which was expressed in an interview with my […]

Jan, 22

Marginalia Mania

A few days ago, we were fortunate to have Craig Mod speak at SVA’s MFA in Interaction Design’s Spring Lecture […]

Jan, 21

Post Up Demo

After successfully prototyping Post Up, we took what we learned and applied it to our next prototype, which was a […]

Dec, 25

Summarizing First Semester of Thesis Dev

Before the start of the semester, my thesis statement involved increasing mental and physical acuity among the elderly, but with […]

Dec, 20
Systemic Thinking

Systemic Thinking

After going through preliminary concepts for my initial thesis statement, I have realized that having such a general statement could […]

Dec, 14

Pulling It All Together

After going through a couple of ideation processes and coming up with several different concepts, it’s time to synthesize everything […]

Dec, 07

Elevator Arrival and Departure Times (Thesis Concept No. 3)

This concept focuses on making the time it takes to get to your floor more transparent so that you can […]

Nov, 29

Word Up! (Thesis Concept No. 2)

About Word Up! Taking what I’ve learned from Chalk Walk along with some of the suggestions given to me by […]

Nov, 27

Prototyping Post Up

Overview Post Up is an interactive interface that gives New Yorkers a venue to report contextualized civic problems. This display […]

Nov, 26

Learning Over Time

During my years of undergrad, I used to sporadically tap my pencil to the music that my roommate blasted in […]

Nov, 24

V-Nam Cafe

Role Designer, Developer, Photographer Design Objective Disclaimer: this restaurant is owned by my uncle and being the only web designer […]

Nov, 22

Calling Karaoke

Disclaimer I’m aware that most New Yorkers, especially the ones in Manhattan, can surf the web on their smartphones and […]

Nov, 19

Prototyping Chalk Walk

Last week, our thesis development class held a brainstorming session where we broke up into groups to help each other […]

Nov, 14

Business Model Canvas

Last week, we had a thesis workshop led by Manuel Toscano of the Helsinki Group in Jennifer Bove’s Thesis Development […]

Nov, 08
Thesis Mile Marker

Thesis Mile Marker

Before going on break last summer, I knew that I wanted to help the elderly. This topic struck a personal […]

Oct, 31

Converging on Thesis Idea

Lots of converging and diverging lately on thesis ideas. Just to quickly restate what I’m currently working on: I am […]

Oct, 25
Notes on Weight Loss & Exercise

Notes on Weight Loss & Exercise

As mentioned in articles by both the Guardian and Time.com, exercising alone doesn’t necessarily mean you will lose weight. According […]

Oct, 16

A Layer of Imagination

In our Public Interfaces class taught by Jake Barton and Ian Curry of Local Projects, we were introduced to a […]

Oct, 15
Interviews About Fitness

Interviews About Fitness

Rick H. Interviewee #1 | Physically Active with Training Program Rick has been doing interval training during the past four […]

Oct, 11
Changing Behaviors

Changing Behaviors

So why do people do the things that they do? During a brief conversation with Rob Faludi (thesis advisor and […]

Oct, 10
City Games – Thesis Proposal V1.0

City Games – Thesis Proposal V1.0

What better time than now to change my thesis proposal again. Rather than another image of a house on fire, […]

Oct, 10
Wish List

Wish List

Inspired by the urban wishlist exercise that Jake Barton and Ian Curry presented in class, this will be an ongoing […]

Oct, 03

Text Your Drink to the Bar

One of my ultimate pet peeves is when trying to order a beer at a bar. There are 3 things […]

Sep, 27
Thesis Proposal V0.2

Thesis Proposal V0.2

For my thesis, I would like to focus on how a public space can serve as a platform for older […]

Sep, 26

Snowboarding in the Subway – 2nd Thesis Idea

Unlike my first idea, this new idea focuses on a younger audience. The question that I pose is, how can […]

Sep, 20
Dancing with Lights – Thesis Proposal V0.1

Dancing with Lights – Thesis Proposal V0.1

Topic Statement Q: What problem are you taking on? A: The problem that I’d like to address is the decline […]

Sep, 18
Finding and Maintaining One’s Inner Narrative

Finding and Maintaining One’s Inner Narrative

The following are notes and stories taken from the book that I found relevant to the ‘inner narrative’ that Dr. […]

Jul, 11
Ideating and Prototyping at Ninety-Three

Ideating and Prototyping at Ninety-Three

Mr. MacGregor, a 93 year old resident at the neurology clinic of St. Dunstan’s went to see Dr. Sacks, an […]

Jun, 25

The Elderly in China

Before arriving into Shanghai, I wasn’t really sure what to expect of the elderly and their lifestyle here in the […]

Jun, 06
Thesis Statement SVA IXD

Thesis Statement SVA IXD

Bear with me, but the following might be a bit general. I’m purposely leaving room for myself to budge around […]

Jun, 05

Airloom Accomplished

As the semester was coming to an end, we had set our eyes on a working prototype that would provide […]

May, 05

The Airloom: Reframing the Project

In the latest user journey above, we incorporated several new ideas: A new set of interactions allowing users to drag […]

May, 03

Does Temperature Affect Marathon Runners?

For our Information Visualization class, we were to visualize a section within the permanent collection at MoMA or the Metropolitan […]

Apr, 14

The Bright Points Project

In Jill Nussbaum’s Design for Public Spaces class, we were to create a networked, mobile, or interactive installation that enhances […]

Apr, 08

The Hamburg Cell

The Hamburg Cell, a group of radical Islamists, executed the 9/11 attacks under the guidance of Osama Bin Ladin, Atef, […]

Mar, 26

A Bus Heading Crosstown

Friday, 7:28PM This chart maps out 42nd street starting from 11th avenue to 1st avenue. The distances between each stop […]

Mar, 08

The Airloom: Interviews and Key Findings

Running in parallel with paper prototyping, we conducted several interviews with young families to determine whether or not there was […]

Mar, 02

The Airloom: Paper Prototype & Screencast

Quick Note to the Interface Before I dive into the results of our participatory design along with paper prototyping, I’d […]

Mar, 02

The Airloom: Prototype 3.0

What Did We Come Up With? The Airloom is a device that passively records conversations and photographs family members around […]

Mar, 01

The Watch: Prototype 2.2

This prototype embodies the same goals as the previous prototype. The only difference is the form and interaction. Two noteworthy […]

Feb, 27

The Dongle: Prototype 2.1

This final concept map can be summarized as follows: Our system helps to share short term tasks with friends, family, […]

Feb, 27

Concept Map: Prototype 2.0

Prior to creating our initial concept map, we wrote out all our ideas onto post-its and laid them out on […]

Feb, 27

To-Do Bracelet: Prototype 1.0

For our first assignment in Prototyping User Experiences class, featuring the guys from Frog Design, we were to bring in […]

Feb, 26

A Retake on Playfair

William Playfair (1759-1823) was a political economist and data visualizer in Britain who was “against the ‘ruinous folly’ of the […]

Jan, 21

The Toilet, A Closed Loop

I know most of you are asking the same question I’m asking, how does a toilet work? Well you’re in […]

Jan, 21

Project PlatInform

As a final project for Jason Santa Maria’s Communicating Design class, we were to: “Identify a problem with navigating the […]

Dec, 23

Hand Wash Tracker

Due to the recent Swine Flu outbreak, our team created a handwash tracker that keeps track of the handwashing habit […]

Dec, 09

Alphabills Y’all

As a part of Jason Santa Maria’s Designing Communication class at SVA’s MFA in Interaction Design program, we were to […]

Nov, 26

Track Your Package LIVE!

Oct, 09

Outdoor Library Kiosk

Oct, 04

Shopping for Superhero

Sep, 25

Radio Flyer Sail Wagon

Sep, 25

Lead UX Designer on Nike+ Running at R/GA.