On the occasion of this week’s graduation show for the MA in Interaction Design, it seems like a good time to remember that we interviewed Anuradha Reddy, a student of this year’s graduating class, at the “NOT THIS” MA show in September. Anuradha exhibited then a project called “Wired Eye”, developed in collaboration with her classmate Samantha Miller. Here are a few excerpts of the interview:
“What kind of design work do you do?
I do experimental, research-based interaction design, mostly about how people and technology come together, but not necessarily as a means to an end, but towards a working process of finding insights and working towards to it.
What brought you to Goldsmiths?
When I was back home in India, I used to follow the work of Anthony Dunne and Bill Gaver and I found it really inspiring. I came to find out that there was a course at Goldsmiths that was very closely linked to the Interaction Research Studio, and I knew that my work would be informed by their work. The fact that they teach by showing us how to do it was a big selling point to me.
Were there any challenging moments on the course and how did you overcome them?
First of all, design itself is extremely challenging, because you can’t just lean entirely on your own idea, you also need to make yourself involved with the context, that’s how you bring out something. But also, thinking of design as research, that’s something new, it hasn’t been thought before. I can’t say I’ve overcome the difficult moments completely, it’s going to be another 10 years of me working at it! I’ve planned to see what my inhibitions are and what my problems are, and how to go forward.
What do you think you’re going to do after graduation?
It’s a tricky question, because I’m torn between being part of the industry and doing research. The perfect position for me would be a research position in a corporate industry.”
Stay tuned for coverage of the MA Interaction show itself!