3D redesign of an AI educational application


UX Design Intern


May - Nov 2020


User Experience Design Team, Tanya Zhang (Manager)

3D Design UI/UX Design Artificial Intelligence
SenseTime Cover


During my gap semester in 2020, I was a UX Design intern for SenseTime in Shanghai, China. SenseTime is an AI unicorn specializing in computer vision and facial recognition, with a current valuation of $12 billion.

As part of the User Experience Design team, I developed 3D brand characters and UI for the Education website (shown in this case study) and created the UI/UX for the Smart Community web app SenseSpace (under NDA).


AI educational application

SenseStudy Cover


SenseStudy is an eLearning computer science platform for all ages, used by K-12 schools as well as vocational training programs. However, our current vector designs are similar to competitors and lack the feeling of tangibility in the hardware-related lessons.


How do we represent software and hardware development through our visual identity and distinguish ourselves from competitors?






Q3 2020

product launched!

SenseStudy Cover2

3D Character Design

Based on the 2D line designs created by my colleague, I developed five characters from scratch. It was my most challenging 3D design project and a strenuous process of modeling, shading, rigging, skinning, and rendering.

SenseStudy Picture
SenseStudy Picture
SenseStudy Picture
SenseStudy Picture
SenseStudy Picture

Explore Page Redesign

Using the 3D characters that I modeled, I redesigned the product's explore page. This product teaches K-12 students software development for AI sensor hardware in their IT classes, so I also created reusable 3D assets related to sensors and cameras.

    Explore Page
SenseStudy Explore
SenseStudy Picture
SenseStudy Explore
SenseStudy Explore

Login Page Redesign

Lastly, I redesigned the education website's login page. The main audience is teachers, so the UI is more minimal to convey the logical nature of computer science. Ultimately, the renders were used on the Home page instead.

    Home Page
SenseStudy Login Solution
SenseStudy Login Solution
SenseStudy Login Solution 1
SenseStudy Login Solution 2
SenseStudy Explore
SenseStudy Explore
SenseStudy Explore
SenseStudy Login Solution

Neumorphic UI Design System Exploration

SenseStudy Login Solution

My design is displayed in the company's exhibition hall!


Smart Community Web App

While I can't disclose all the project details due to NDA, feel free to reach out to me and I would love to talk more about what I did!

For now, you can see the login page I designed.

SenseSpace login


Another project I worked on was SenseSpace, a smart community web app using AI facial recognition security cameras in residential compounds. Its main audience is security guards over 50 years old, who are not the most well-versed with technology. Current problems include difficult security controls and tedious onboarding.


How do we improve the security of residential compounds with AI cameras and make the experience accessible for older workers?

My Role

At a higher level, I worked on defining the problem, analyzing competitors, and iteratively prototyping lo-fi and hi-fi demos.



active users


compounds by 2021

Q4 2020

product launched!

SenseSpace Research 1

Whiteboarding sessions

SenseSpace Research 2

Daily discussions


Working cross-functionally with PMs, Engineers, and Designers, I grew immensely as a designer and team player. This project also taught me how to resolve many UX and visual design problems.

1. Accessibility for an aging population

Since the smart community web app's main users are security guards over 50 years old, I learned to prioritize simple interactions and clarity over visual design.

2. UI trends might not be all-inclusive

I initially designed a Neumorphic UI system for the education platform, because its realism is more coherent with 3D design. However, after doing more research on the topic, I learned that its use of low color contrast makes it hard for visually impaired people to see. I archived my old document and stuck with 2D UI designs to ensure that our platform is all-inclusive.

3. Inconsistent user needs

We are humans and what we say isn't always what we want. Each week, we are faced with new problems on how to design the experience of new functionality. Instead of creating new designs to solve new problems, we should maintain a holistic view and approach new problems with existing interaction designs in mind.

More Highlights

Sense Hackathon

Other than the SenseStudy and SenseSpace projects, I also participated in the internal hackathon. It was super fun presenting my project in front of all the judges and cheering my colleagues on during the award ceremony!

Hackathon 1
Hackathon 2

If you are down here already, thanks for taking this journey with me! I would love to hear from you to talk more about my projects. Otherwise, thanks for reading!

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