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Make Things Interactive

with Chuan Khoo

This physical computing elective looked at creating electronic microcontroller-activated objects and environments. Students learned the fundamentals of tangible interaction design with the open-source Arduino and Particle electronic prototyping platforms. We focussed on the creative use of sensors that detected stimuli such as movement, light, and sound, mapped to physical phenomena through a healthy degree of coding.


3D Printing for Creatives
Ambisonic Modelling
Designing w/Data
Design Process & Comm.
Design for Sust. Systems Innovation
Flexible Modelling
Make Things Interactive
Service Design
Soundscape Studies
Work Integrated Learning

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No MDIT exhibition – digital or otherwise – happens without a collection of great work from students, supported and curated by their tutors. Thanks to EVERYONE for the help contributed!

A special mention goes to Illiyanna Ibrahim, our information wrangler, content uploader and design front-liner, for your hard work fine-tuning and assembling the nearly 500 articles of media, text and supporting content.

Thanks Hartwig Bentele & Kunstmatrix for your technical support.

We’d also like to extend our gratitude to the following students who volunteered (despite their busy coursework) what precious time they had to help sort out the finer details of digital media work:

Video chat

Guglielmo ‘Bosco-sorry-my-laptop-died’ Bartilomo

3D lightbake tester

Sowmiya ‘yes-Chuan-click-UV-unwrap’ Selvakumaraswamy

Media queries

Suresh ‘should-we-unit-test?’ Saicharan Maniganahalli

Web tester

Diego ‘nicest tester alive award’ Garetto Morande

Thanks for visiting and fare thee well – across the digital ether. Be well; be kind.

– Chuan Khoo
MDIT Associate Lecturer
Interaction Design & Technologies

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/ Major Projects

In the final semester of the program, students undertake a self-driven design research project. The outcomes of these major projects are wide-reaching and reflect the individual interests and career trajectories of the students as well as the broad scope of design fields that the program explores.

Gallery A

Mengru Zheng
Ailei He
Tian Zhang
Aroonima Mohile
tutor: Pirjo Haikola

Gallery B

Suri Iham
Jorge Castillo
Janhavi Joshi
Tria Ningsih
tutor: Ollie Cotsaftis

Gallery C

Thomas Jianhao Tan
Yoyo You Wang
Khushboo Jethmalani
Gagandeep Kaur
tutor: Michael Trudgeon

Gallery D

Guanjie Ding
Peter Huanmin Zhang
Sonali Kathuria
Yue Hao
tutor: Jeff Hannam

/ Electives

MDIT electives augment the explorations undertaken in the design studios by providing focused and specialised skills training into the technologies and techniques that underpin the programs research streams.

3D Printing for Creatives

Advanced digital production continues to push the boundaries of what is physically possible and extend the limitations of the maker.

Ambisonic Modelling

The precise production of sound fields can create the experience of a true three-dimensional acoustic environment.

Designing with Data

Literacy around big data, open data and personal data is becoming critical in all forms of design practice.

Design Process & Communication

Communication assets showcasing the link between human (mis)behaviour and biodiversity loss.

Design for Sustainable Systems Innovation

The biggest impact upon environmental sustainability can only be attained on a systems level.

Flexible Modelling

Advances in parametric design have brought new and complex methodologies to the way that form is generated.

Make Things Interactive

Designing interactivity involves the crafting of physically embodied, responsive digital systems.

Service Design

Service concepts for the Pub of tomorrow.

Soundscape Studies

The study of noise levels, listener comfort, memory and ecology define the spatial and perceptual effects of our sonic surroundings.

Work Integrated Learning

The engagement of design research thinking within the professional practice of design is one of the key philosophies of the MDIT program.

/ Studios

Each semester MDIT offers a selection of design studios, these form the core of studies within the program. The studios address issues relating to the development of technologies and their innovative application. The design studio briefs are connected to industry partnered projects and academic research collaborations.

Arden 2020

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The Arden Activator studio imagines the Arden Precinct as an innovation district, testing new sustainable systems at an urban scale.

Biodesign Challenge 2020

An international education program and design competition shaping the next generation of biodesigners—in partnership with the MoMA (NYC).

Binging on Radiant Blandness

An Interactive Technologies studio that critically reflects and responds to the ways we live with social media today.


As our physical and digital worlds become more deeply entwined how do we design for end of life and what meaningful role does technology have the potential to play in this last pivotal life experience?


How can information, object, space and phenomena combine to create engaging and compelling museum experiences?

Surface 2 Edge

Is it possible to reimagine the design of a loudspeaker? What form should it take? What does it look, and sound like when situated within a space?

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Hello, world. How are you?

Here’s our second edition of ne/x/t. We hope you enjoy this theme created specially for Semester 2, 2020: convergent rings and orbits of inter-connected disciplines, and all the people that make it happen – the MDIT community coming together to draw the academic year to a close.

Once again, this exhibition is made possible only through the collection of great work from students, supported and curated by their tutors amidst the busy virtual landscape of online learning. Kudos to everyone for the help contributed!

So long, and thanks for all the fish.

MDIT Student Team

Sushmita Deb
Suresh Saicharan Maniganahalli
Sowmiya Selvakumaraswamy

Concept, Design & Code

Chuan Khoo


Illiyanna Ibrahim

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