How do you convey another person through various shared media, in a time-based and reflective process?
This is the task that was recently given to first year Master students in the Interaction Design program at Umeå Institute of Design.
We welcome you to explore the result below, and read more about the methodology here.
That's so funny
Portrait of Miguel Peres
Despite his aggressive appearance, Miguel Peres has been such a humourous conversationist.
When being asked about how he tackled the stress at work, he shows a patient and open-minded attitude.
There's always something bigger than youself... says Miguel.
Like most of the Brazilians, He can joke about every bad situation. His favourite sport is biking instead of football.
You seldom find the end of the conversation with him once the word 'bike' is mentioned.
Moving to Umeå with his lovely wife, the couple seems well-adapted and ready to enjoy the new living style.
São Paolo, Brazil
Qui est Alexis? A portrait.
A proud Quebecer, born in 1988 north of the US border in Montreal he is a man of many languages.
Already fluent in French and English, he is conversational in German and Spanish with his sights now set on Swedish.
In short, he has a talent for learning new languages, something not considered being far away from his interests within music, computers and programming.
Searching for a greater purpose in application of skills and balancing both artistic and technical values,
Alexis accepted the challenge of becoming an Interaction Designer at Umeå Institute of Design.
A quest complete
Linus Persson, a seasoned veteran at the Umeå Institute of Design, is now starting his fourth year at the school.
After searching for his right vocation,
Linus decided that his perseverance, endurance, vision and focus would be best put to use at the Umeå
Institute of Design studying Industrial Design and Interaction Design.
Masha is warm.
This was the first impression I had of her. She expressed her presence through subtle touch and gestures, and conveyed her ideas creatively with vivid imageries.
In the interview, she showed a sense of groundedness in her desire to find logic in design. But I also discovered that she has a free-spirited and imaginative side that comes with her unique and innate artistic ability. Masha said she has been drawing ever since the age she recollects memory. In interaction design, she would like to like to combine her artistic ability and creativity with a systematic and logical design process.
Jessica Myra was born in Nova Scotia (Canada). Its nature and people left an important footprint on who she is now, and it's absence makes her realize how much it means to her.
The values of loyalty and honesty are essential for Jessica; and she expects them in return; "say what you mean" in her own words.
Jessica claims she moves by curiosity, and that she needs a creative outlet in her life. That wanting to see more and feel more stimulated, made her move to Umeå (Sweden); satisfying her restless self in the pursue of success in everything she does. So love, be curious, challenge yourself, and mean it!
“When you eat pizza everyday, you want fish.”
After more than ten years of professional work as a graphic designer, Clayton Cook left his comforts of Brooklyn to pursue an MA in Interaction Design at the Umeå Institute of Design, northern Sweden. Through interaction, he hopes to be more involved in the systems and logic behind design and technicalities of information design. A world traveler and wilderness lover at heart, he is embarking on an adventure in a foreign city with endless possibilities in search of himself, happiness and change.
New York, USA
Vivian Wai Ying Lo was born and raised in Hong Kong, studied in England and
lived for a long time in the USA. Having spent equal parts of her lifetime in
Asian and European societies, she became a perfect guide to the two world’s
frontier area. She is warm and passionate about her home city, therefore her
motto shall always be: I love Hong Kong!
Vivian has a background in engineering and industrial design. However, she
has a very strong and confident graphical taste and attitude, which makes her
works outstanding. Now she is studying at Umea Institute of Design Interaction
Design program to master in bringing rich and captivating experiences to users
of her future designs.
Be yourself but don't treat her as an idiot.
If you follow this briefly advice, you will probably go along very well with 'Lo'.
Born in Hong Kong, Tang Ka Lo, or simply Carol, is a 28 years student in the Master of Interaction Design at Umeå University, Sweden.
Lynn's family moved to the United States from Vietnam. She graduated with a degree in marketing and finance. The idea to change the direction of her life came in the winter of 2007 when she got into a serious snowboarding accident. The recovery was slow. On many occasions she found herself creating custom tools to help her in awkward circumstances.
Creating these tools inspired her to become an industrial designer. Today, Lynn says she is interested in interaction design and specifically service design to help reduce the gap in world inequalities.
Harry Clayton Cook