Giving something back

I graduated from Interactive Media Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in 2009. Since my departure, the course has been renamed Digital Interaction Design (DIxD) to bring it in line with the skills being taught and industry terminology. Last October, I was invited to assist on a first year module alongside another 4 alumni.

I graduated from Interactive Media Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in 2009. Since my departure, the course has been renamed Digital Interaction Design (DIxD) to bring it in line with the skills being taught and industry terminology. Last October, I was invited to assist on a first year module alongside another 4 alumni.

The module was called "What is interaction design"; a module created to start students thinking critically by reading blogs, journals and magazines then asking questions and forming opinions.

I was asked to help as part of the student's second assessment: to form questions around the theme, "What is interaction design" conduct an interview. Afterwards, the teams had to create a short 3-5 minute film using the information/footage/audio from the interview.

Initially the plan was for the students to do their prep work and then contact their allocated alumni and conduct the interview. After a discussion with the module leader we decided that it would be best to have multiple meetings in order to build a better relationship and try to remove some of the nerves associated with the interview process.

I had 3 Skype meetings, with my group of 3 students, over the course of the assignment. Over the course of the the 3 calls we discussed content and potential production methods before actually conducting the interview.

Here's the video the students produced:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKAN3knfQiM

In the end the students decided to go for a kinetic typography approach and ended up biting off a little more than they could chew. Focussing on a smaller amount of text and a better consideration of the graphical elements would have produced a better result. From looking at the submissions a bigger emphasis could have been placed on story boarding. Giving the videos a logical beginning middle and end would have helped flow and continuity as some additions such as the dancing monkey (taken from a video piece I made in my first year) needed some context.