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Patrick McCrory

Interaction Design

3rd Term

Why did you choose Art Center?
I was living in the Bay Area (San Francisco) and working around lots of people in the tech industry. I was really inspired when I saw interesting/innovative ideas. I always thought that it would be interesting to take the idea of art/technology and fuse them together; when I was looking for an Interaction Design program, I saw Art Center had just opened one, and it seemed like a perfect fit. 

What was your background prior to Art Center?
My design education started in Knoxville, Tennessee, where I grew up. At the time, I didn't have many people around me that were involved directly in design, and it really allowed me to form a unique design style; this solitary time allowed me to grow in a way that I'm not sure I would have otherwise. While there, I worked on several different social networking/communication system projects before moving to California to work on technology projects more seriously. 

How has Art Center changed your creative sensibility?
Art Center is a rigorous environment. While you're there, you will constantly be surrounded by people that are as good or better than you at numerous things. Considering this, Art Center has taught me a new level of humility that I did not have before I came here. That being said, students at Art Center are very smart; there are numerous opportunities to collaborate on projects, accomplishing more than any one person could have alone. 

How do you hope to change the world through your work?
Ever since I started designing, I have always been fascinated by the idea of merging technology and art. I feel like the world is made much better if the people who are designing the next generation of products, who are on the cutting edge, are taking extra care to make their designs beautiful and brilliant. If there is one thing that I hope to contribute, it is to create things that are both innovative and artistic, thereby making the future more elegant than it might have been. 

What is your most unlikely source of inspiration?
I'm really interested in science, and there are always new things happening in that field. Some of my best inspiration comes from reading through research papers that I find online; usually I have a product in mind, and i'm trying to find out if it is feasible. For forward thinking people, sometimes the concepts in mind almost seem impossible due to technological constraints. My advice, if you have a really awesome project in mind, would be to watch for new research to come through. Sometimes technology that you didn't think was possible, is possible, you just have to go out and look for it. 

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