If I refer you to my ‘101 things list’ written just over 2 weeks ago, you will notice that number 3 has partially been crossed off. That’s because after 3 years of umming and aahing, the light bulb has finally gone off: I know what I want to do a Master’s in.
After a Bachelor’s in Interior Architecture, doubt started growing around me like ivy grows around a tree. How does one decide what they want? When they… Just. Don’t. Know.
I was drawn to urbanism, exhibition design and even sustainability. Journalism was also a field I wanted to consider. When I started writing for a design magazine, I thought to myself “maybe I am not meant to design but to write about design”.
It is with a big sigh and a broad smile that I can finally say… I now know: I want to work in interaction design.
Our lives are brimming with interactions. From the smile of a stranger to this very moment where I am writing this and you, reading it. Interactions can be found in our everyday lives, when we greet the bus driver (seems to be a very British thing –never in Bulgaria has anyone paid attention to the bus driver), hold the door for a colleague or listen to music.
When I think of it, interactions are at the core of my novel too. Cause and effect. Interdependence. Kind actions and rash decisions rippling across decades, affecting the most unexpected of individuals. The intricacy and the sometimes intangible magic in the complex, interconnected lives we all live. (This might be the best description I’ve given of my novel so far)
Interactions also exist in nature. Although they may not be as reciprocal as human interactions, they still imply communication. The moon moves the oceans, sunflowers turns to the sun, grass grows greener after a rainfall. The exchange is there, we just don’t see it.
Your smartphone is an interactive device. So is the Wordpress app you might be on right now. But I am interested in the environment. The way a space responds to human beings, and vice versa. The way an exhibition space or display is designed to convey knowledge in a different, more fun and engaging way. The way a public space can become an ever-changing, artistic canvas controlled by human presence.
The world of architecture has been static for far too long. And I am not revolutionising anything here. I am not the one who will introduce movement, motion sensors or light-sensitive blinds in the field of architecture. But you never know… I might have a few ideas up my sleeves.
Now… onto the next question. Where shall I study it?