About Diego's graduation project 'Give me your hand'
"Give me your hand is a visual exploration about the relationship with my sister with a disability. It studies the emotions through her stereotypical hand gesture and bodily movement. How can we expand wordless communication by using digital tools?"
Hi Diego, congrats with your graduation! For starters, where does your love for (interactive/media) design come from?
It came very early on from fantasy worlds, escapism in a way. Digital products have always been around me in a form of tv programs or video games. I was fascinated by Digimon for instance. My way to re-appropriate what I was consuming at the time was to draw those monsters over and over again until they became mine.
What's your best memory about your study?
I have two. Both parties. First is the graduation party where my family was present. We were DJing with As Good Colleagues and I could see my sister, who is at the center of my project, full of joy, dancing carelessly. Second I remember a party that was shut down by the police at KABK. When they entered the courtyard the song 'Assassin de la Police' from the movie 'La Haine' was blasting with the crowd singing along. That was the first and last time I sense a ruthless energy in the Netherlands.
What's the most valuable lesson you learnt during your study?
I learned to create my own education by building a trusted network of tutors, coworkers and friends. It is very important to me to rely on the work of others. It works the same way than language. You influence each other and take words here and there that make sense for you to enrich your vocabulary.
How do you conquer a creative block?
I take a blank piece of paper and I start drawing anything that is running on my mind. I basically keep on doing that until I can build connections with my drawings and the subject I want to work on. It is thinking by making, which combines really well the thinking for making. Many times I get stuck because of an accumulation of informations I can't sort anymore. Therefore empty it, refilling it facilitates new connections. Combined with sport practice this technique never failed me so far.
How does your workspace look like?
What are your 3 favourite places in The Netherlands?
1. Maaskantje, Noord-Brabant
2. Marken Island, IJsselmeer
3. VV Wilhelmus, Voorburg
What have you recently seen that you think is great creative work?
What are your plans in the near future?
Can you give one piece of advice to future students?
Well, give me a couple of years more and I might be able to give something worth it (or not). Studies are a segment of the long line (I hope) I am going through and I think it's important to keep that in mind in order to see the bigger picture. It's okay if you fail, it's okay if this one work isn't the best ever, just concentrate on making the line smoother.