Virginie Tan – MA Interaction Design Communication
Virginie Tan is an alumni of MA Interaction Design Communication at London College of Communication (LCC), she graduated in 2017.
Where did you come from?
Why did you chose Interaction Design Communication (IDC)?
I was already doing a MA Research in Visual Arts, when I applied for IDC. However, I felt that neither my practice nor my research were grounded in real life – it was niche.
I wanted to study subjects that anyone could relate to. Everyone knows about technology (maybe not design), because it’s all around us – and we all have an opinion about it.
That’s why I was looking for a course that encouraged criticality and wasn’t afraid of interdisciplinary, which are qualities I found in IDC.
What was your first impression?
It’s quite big compared to any schools I've been in France.
What’s your favourite thing about IDC and LCC?
Experimentation. You're always encouraged to experiment, and fail – failure is fine, and iteration is key.
I feel that this must also apply to others courses at LCC – whenever I went to others shows, I could see that the students were always encouraged to look beyond their own fields and take an experimental discourse.
What was an interesting project or event you took part in on IDC?
Our whole cohort had the opportunity to exhibit at Ars Electronica – such an honour. This definitely brought our year group together – doing events enforces teamwork, even when exhibiting our own projects.
I exhibited DO IT RIGHT, DO IT SLOW – a meditative musical tool that encourages the audience to slow down by scrolling down.
Inspired by the Slow Movement, it is mainly a critique of the common gestural experience offered by the screen. This research definitely shaped my practice and gave it the meaningful direction I wanted to take.
What advice would you give to prospective students?
You get what you put in. Nobody is there to tell you what you are looking for.
What are you doing now?
I’m freelancing, whilst also working on personal projects.
What does the future of design look like?