Miyu Hayashi – MA Interaction Design Communication

Miyu is a recent graduate of the MA Interaction Design Communication course at LCC.

How would you describe your practice and where in the world are you from?

I'm an Interaction Designer from Japan.

Why did you choose to study this course and why LCC?

I was making motion graphics for gigs in my local area alongside my full-time job when I was in Japan.

I wanted my work to move out from the 2D world and do something more exciting! One of my tutors in Japan told me about IMI, now BA (Hons) Interaction Design Arts and I found it interesting that the students all had really diverse outcomes. So after having a great time on the BA course I decided to continue onto MA Interaction Design Communication.

What was your first impression of LCC when you joined?

I was surprised at the number of people and how multi-cultural it is!

And what's your favourite thing about LCC now?

LCC has many interdisciplinary courses. It's a really good opportunity to collaborate with people from other courses that will make the project even more powerful! There are also amazing facilities definitely worth using. I also enjoyed the research-led study as well as hands-on practical study.

What's the most interesting project you've worked on through your course so far?

A project called Shiki-on, which is a game where you create music through the process of drawing an image and then running your doodles through a music-making machine. The game encourages interaction and experimentation with drawing and sound.

It was a simple project first, but it was great that I had a chance to develop it with several people like someone from the sound department to improve the project. I had great opportunities to show this work in a few places like Somerset House, Roundhouse and NEoN digital arts festival.

Work by Miyu Hayashi, LCC Alumni
Image © Miyu Hayashi


What important piece of advice would you give to students thinking of studying this course?


  • I think organising your time is quite important to achieve your full potential.
  • The MA is the best time to shape your ideas through research.
  • Knowledgeable tutors will help you to develop your idea (theoretically, contextually, critically and practically).

What three words would you use to best describe LCC?

Practical, Open and Interdisciplinary.

Where are you working at the moment and what are some recent interesting projects you've worked on?

I'm showing my project Shiki-on (colour to sound project) at NEoN Digital Arts festival in Dundee until next February.

I also worked on a projection mapping project for Projection Artworks which was at the Honourable Artillery Company in Moorgate.

The project was about experimenting with analog projection mapping effects as modern day design is very digitized and the company wanted to use traditional craft methods. I helped to replicate a cinema4d digital effect called MoGraph into a physical wooden version connected by wires to give a smooth motion. Later on, I made an interactive table that people can experience projection mapping in real time.

Name three things you couldn't be creative without:

Curiosity, Experimentation and Iteration.

Work by Miyu Hayashi, LCC Alumni
Image © Miyu Hayashi


How have you found living in London, and where's your favourite place to explore?

I really like that there are always great exhibitions everywhere in London. It's also great that you have an opportunity to showcase your work whilst studying; people are so open and curious about art and design.

What are you hoping to achieve after you graduate?

Studying both the BA and MA courses at LCC enabled me to grow practically, critically and contextually. It opened up my perspective of design in depth. I want to push myself into challenging situations and learn more for the future.