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Welcome to ne/x/t, the RMIT Master of Design Innovation and Technology (MDIT) online virtual exhibition. This lobby space acts as an introduction to the 12 galleries that make up the entire show and showcases the 6 students works that were awarded program prizes this semester.

The MDIT program speculates on the future of design and seeks to develop design methodologies that integrate the needs of people with the potentials that lie within technological innovation. Through design studios, elective specialisations and major project works the students are challenged to not only develop beautiful objects and spaces, but more importantly to ‘redesign the way the world works.’ As the coronavirus global pandemic takes its toll and environmental degradation threatens the planets ecosystems, this brief has never been more critical.

Another huge shift in our daily lives, is the move from operating in a tangible and physical reality, to one in which human interaction occurs predominantly through internet-based communication technology. This evolving relationship between the physical and the digital is becoming a defining characteristic of the times.

Both the content and means of delivery of this exhibition explore the potential that lie in this technological and social revolution. The student projects presented in the exhibition’s galleries, uncover the realm of strategic experience design in which physical engagement and digital platforms merge to create enhanced realities. In comprehending the potentials of this synthesis, the students have developed deep understandings of sensorial perceptions, social constructs and the fine grain of human interactivity.

In the projects presented here, technology is used to enable positive social conditions and to inform, educate and assist people in a connected and networked world. This appreciation of socially responsible networks extends from the building of new communities and modes of interaction to the development of systems-based approaches of design that contribute to a sustainable future.

In order to address the salient issues of the present, designers cannot afford to operate in the silo of one discipline. In this exhibition the design project responses work across all scales of endeavour, from urban, architecture, landscape, interior, sound, product, service, biological and interaction design. This cross-disciplinary approach seeks to find integrated solutions to the issues that face the world today.

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Welcome to ne/x/tthe RMIT Master of Design Innovation and Technology (MDIT) online virtual exhibition. This lobby space acts as an introduction to the 12 galleries that make up the entire show and showcases the 5 students works that were awarded program prizes this semester.  

The MDIT program speculates on the future of design and seeks to develop design methodologies that integrate the needs of people with the potentials that lie within technological innovation. Through design studios, elective specialisations and major project works the students are challenged to not only develop beautiful objects and spaces, but more importantly to redesign the way the world works.  

As the coronavirus global pandemic takes its toll and environmental degradation threatens the planets ecosystems, this brief has never been more critical. Another huge shift in our daily lives is the move from operating in a tangible and physical reality, to one in which human interaction occurs predominantly through internet-based communication technology. This evolving relationship between the physical and the digital is becoming a defining characteristic of the times.  

Both the content and means of delivery of this exhibition explore the potential that lie in this technological and social revolution. The student projects presented in the exhibition’s galleries, uncover the realm of strategic experience design in which physical engagement and digital platforms merge to create enhanced realities. In comprehending the potentials of this synthesis, the students have developed deep understandings of sensorial perceptions, social constructs and the fine grain of human interactivity 

In the projects presented here, technology is used to enable positive social conditions and to informeducate and assist people in a connected and networked worldThis appreciation of socially responsible networks extends from the building of new communities and modes of interaction to the development of systems-based approaches of design that contribute to a sustainable future. 

In order to address the salient issues of the present, designers cannot afford to operate in the silo of one discipline. In this exhibition the design project responses work across all scales of endeavour, from urban, architecture, landscape, interiorsound, product, service, biological and interaction design. This cross-disciplinary approach seeks to find integrated solutions to the issues that face the world today. 

Associate Professor Ross McLeod
Program Manager
Master of Design Innovation and Technology
School of Design
RMIT University

Associate Professor Ross McLeod

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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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