Daniel Naraindas, Industrial Design

Daniel Naraindas

Hello! My name is Daniel Naraindas and I’m in my final year of Industrial Design. I’m an international student but currently live in downtown Toronto.

I work in a variety of different digital mediums, anything from coding to 3D animation to UX to strategic design. I’d consider myself a futurist and as a result a lot of my work and mediums are pretty tech-reliant. As a designer I’d like to refine my research skills and better understand human centred design. Also adapting to a remote-work environment has been an interesting challenge.

People have been thinking more about thinking because of COVID. There’s a lot to be learned in the way people’s thinking and behaviour have changed and the implications for the future. I’m fascinated with the human brain by understanding habits, behaviours and thinking, so I’m also hoping to put that to good use when designing for a post-COVID world.

My thesis looks into the concept of synthesizing virtual empathy in digital assistants by understanding our personalities and behaviours to provide intrinsically valuable responses

Daniel’s thesis looks into the concept of synthesizing virtual empathy in digital assistants by understanding our personalities and behaviours to provide intrinsically valuable responses.

I like the concept of the roaring 20s. I believe that post-COVID is going to be the biggest celebration of life and art our generation will see. Along with reconnecting, all the new art and the variety of experiences that will emerge are some of the things I’m looking forward to enjoying and creating.

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