TYPO Berlin 2013: Studio NAND interview

Computer Arts: Give us an overview of your talk ...
Studio NAND:
The talk had the title: Handling Multidisciplinarity. We are a studio that's especially concerned with bringing together experts from different fields: we work with linguists, synthetic biologists, people from technology domains. And, as designers, we try and bridge the gap between all of these expertise and create interesting design products, services and experiences that communicate knowledge or show the potential of technology.

CA: Do you think a callaborative approach is better than a mutidisciplinary one?
SN: I think it's about both. We call it T-shape: you have an overview of all the disciplines, and then you have the points where you dig in deeper. It's about adopting roles quickly. We can't be an expert in every domain. So it's a mix of both. Finding the right balance. Not getting tapped by specialising in a certain domain. Staying open to all the other things. It's really important for us to get our hands on the technology ourselves, and not just consult other people: 'You do this. You do that.' If you're able to deal with the technology yourself you have a different perspective.

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