A 3rd year student in BDes Interaction Design, Doriane talks about her choice of studies, her course, what she wants to do after her studies and the early stages of her career.
Interaction design – a childhood dream?
No, not at all… Like a lot of children, I dreamt of becoming an astronaut or an airline pilot. As I grew up, I became more and more interested in new technologies. So my future path was clear: a scientific baccalaureate then probably a general or IT-based engineering school. In my last year of high school, I went to open days for numerous schools, but none of them really inspired me. Then when I went to the open day for Nantes Polytechnic school, located on the Chantrerie campus, we saw that it was also the open day at L’École de design just nearby. As I enjoyed art and creativity without being an artist, we visited the school out of curiosity. As soon as I walked in, the atmosphere was different from all the other schools. I discovered that design was involved in many fields and I heard all about the branch of interaction design. That was when I realized that my interest for digital technology was more geared to creating interfaces, services and concepts than to the technical aspect that an engineering school could offer me.
Why did you choose the Interaction Design option for your Bachelor’s degree (BDes)?
As I explained earlier, I came to the school for the interaction speciality. However, in the first year we discover the various options offered by the school through different modules during the year (graphic design, spatial design, product design, etc.) I was tempted by the graphic design module and the spatial design module, but after reflection, I came back to the original reason I came to the school: interaction design. For me, interaction design is a way of combining my passion for digital technology while developing my creativity.
What do you like about the course?
I like the fact that it’s quite a broad course where everyone can find something they like doing. There are a multitude of domains in which we can use interaction design: mobile applications, websites, video games, connected objects, interactive scenography, creative code, graphic design, etc. Even though the course is more geared towards UI/UX design, it’s a vast subject so one day you may find yourself working on a web interface for example, and the next day on an interface for an interactive terminal. As the course has progressed, different profiles have developed within the class which we then make good use of in the project work, for example the people who are most comfortable with web development work with someone more familiar with graphic design. It’s the combination of these profiles which makes for the success of the projects.
What do you expect to get out of the course?
I expect the course to be constantly evolving to keep up with the software used by agencies. I also expect to be trained as a designer but also as a manager to have all the skills I need to set up a company at the end of our Master’s degree.
Where did you do your BDes internship and what did you get out of it?
I did a 3-month internship at EMOTIC, a digital agency based in Nantes. This internship really showed the relevance of the course as I had to use the methods and software studied during the year on concrete projects. For me, it was also an opportunity to work on interfaces for screens other than desktop and mobile for the first time, as I had the chance to create interfaces for a showroom (a big touchscreen) and a mirror screen. It was my first professional experience in the field of design which I found really rewarding and inspiring, and it gave me a much clearer idea of my future career as an interaction designer.
Where do you see yourself doing your master’s degree (MDes)?
I want to do the MDes Tangible UX Design. I find the notion of augmented space particularly interesting with the arrival of self-driving cars and cars that are increasingly connected which are going to shake up the user experience and open up new possibilities for interaction between humans and cars. I’d like to do the first year of my MDes at the Montreal Studio which opens in September 2018 and which is geared to the issues of design and entrepreneurship. It’s based in the CENTECH building, a Startup incubator and accelerator linked to ÉTS engineering school. This first year of master’s would enable me to acquire the skills I need to get my startup off the ground as soon as I finish my master’s degree.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
I’d like to start by working in a digital agency to gain more skills and maturity before possibly setting up my own agency. I’d like to work on projects on connected environments (for example, interactive billboards). I don’t really have a geographical preference, although Canada appeals to me because of its growth in the field of new technologies.
3rd year student in BDes Interaction Design