Joshua Kwan – MA Interaction Design Communication
Joshua Kwan is a graphic and interaction designer who recently graduated from the MA Interaction Design Communication course at London College of Communication.
Born in Hong Kong and now based in London, we caught up with Joshua to find out about his time on the course, his advice for other students, and his ambitions for the future…
Hi Joshua! Why did you choose to study this course and why LCC?
The course appeared to have the level of depth and criticality that I was looking for at an MA level, and I was already somewhat familiar with LCC having studied within UAL.
What was your first impression of LCC when you joined?
“This doesn’t look much like an art school.”
And what’s your favourite thing about LCC now?
Being able to see what other courses and students are up to within the college. It’s always great to see exhibitions being held in the galleries all year round.
What’s the most interesting project you’ve worked on through your course so far?
I would have to say the speculative design project. Not only did we tackle a very interesting topic for the brief, but also the unit itself culminated at the Interface Politics conference in Barcelona, where we had the opportunity to organise and participate in a joint panel discussion with another MA course.
What important piece of advice would you give to students thinking of studying this course?
Be critical with your work (but not too much). It helps to refine your thinking, concepts and overall design process. Just don’t let it lead into self-deprecation.
What 3 words would you use to best describe LCC?
“Creative Shenanigans Crucible.”
Where are you working at the moment and what are some recent interesting projects you’ve worked on?
I’ve just finished my final project for the MA course, creating a series of objects that explore the vocabulary often used to describe technology. It’s been a very enjoyable project; very whimsical in tone and less practical compared to my other projects on the MA, but hopefully it’s equally thought provoking.
Could you describe your style or what you try to achieve with your work?
Make people think. Make people smile. Make meaningful things.
Name 3 things you couldn't be creative without:
Cleaning your workspace – it’s a therapeutic process that allows you to blank out and refresh your thoughts. Looking outside the window – it’s important to remind yourself that there are bigger things happening out there beyond your project. Reading anything – it may be the things that are seemingly unrelated at first glance that makes the biggest stimulations to your creativity.
What are you hoping to achieve now that you've graduated?
Make meaningful and useful things for people that would benefit from them. That and trying to stay alive.