Design Student of the Month - Nick Poisson
There are a lot of creative students in Canada who are doing innovative work to improve people's life through interactive, visual, informational, and other aspects of User Experience Design. I invited them to introduce who they are and share their work with you. To nominate a Design Student of the Month, email us. The Design Student of the Month for May 2008 is Nick Poisson! Congratulations!! Let's hear from Nick.
I have just completed the post-graduate program, Interactive Multimedia, at Sheridan College in Oakville. Interactive Multimedia explores developing, designing, and managing applications for multiple platforms including web, desktop, and mobile devices.
I create personal and commercial applications primarily for the web using flash as well as more traditional languages such as HTML, PHP, and C#. My strength lies in my programming ability although I am also a fairly competent designer. The best thing about it is that I truly love what I do.
What cool stuff is Nick doing?
Having just completed Interactive Multimedia, I have had the privilege of creating some truly unique and interesting applications. A common element among most of my projects is audio analysis simply because I have a great passion for music. My first attempt at an audio related application was a simple piloting game in which the audio data controls the obstacles you must avoid. Shortly after, I completed an audio visualization application using 3D objects. I enjoy turning the audio aspect of applications into something more immersive as it helps create a truly unique experience and adds a new dimension to the user experience.
My most interesting application is a game entitled Rock Revolution which is a simple object collection game with a few twists. The objects that you must collect are controlled by the audio data which regulates how fast and how many objects appear. User interaction is also taken to another level with the use of motion capture via a webcam. This provides a truly unique user experience as your body movements control the game rather than simply a controller or a keyboard. It turns the game into an interactive game that provides a greater sense of fulfillment as opposed to the interpassive games we are more familiar with. Some examples of my work are included in the video below.
What are Nick’s plans after graduation?
I plan on returning to Sheridan College to complete another post-graduate course, Web Design, which focuses on more of the design side of media applications as opposed to the programming oriented, Interactive Multimedia. I am currently seeking free-lance or contract employment in a web design or flash developer position until I return to Sheridan College, which I plan to attend September 2009.
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