Sometimes called the “mad scientists”, we found a beautiful yet accurate way of describing the role of creative technologists by dubbing them “the tech creatives driving projects into the future.”
Daring and avant-garde, creative technologists develop ambitious creative projects. Let’s reveal what their job is all about and the real impact they have on the user and customer experience.
Do You Truly, Really, Seriously Know What Is a Creative Technologist?
Considered a relatively new position, the role of a creative technologist is to invent new products or new uses based on cutting-edge scientific knowledge and technologies. Their work revolves around a marriage between the worlds of creativity and technology, and by adapting to technological and cultural change, the end result translates into a hybrid of a strategic and conceptually minded creative mixed with a forward thinker.
- Creative technologists are more focused on making the end-to-end experience better for users.
- They bridge between ideas and technology.
- They curate creative ideas and translate them through innovative solutions that are technology-based.
- They investigate, analyze, and experiment with emerging platforms and frameworks, to deliver processes and solutions to problems that were discovered through data and behavioral insights.
- They’re knowledgeable in the areas of ideation and visual design.
- They have a strong collaborative side, especially with the production and marketing departments.
Creative technologists’ professions come in different variations and from different backgrounds; however, they all share a passion for creating something innovative. Jobs can vary according to personal preference and competencies as well as market needs, but all fall under the product development and strategy categories:
- Creative technologist
- CEO / CTO of a startup
- Research and development engineer
- Designer and product engineer
- Expert consultant in innovation
How to Become a Creative Technologist?
The engineers of this major should be trained to become the actors of disruptive and transdisciplinary projects. Through the master in engineering major of creative technology at ESiLV, you are offered two main thematic axes to help you be part of rethinking the world of tomorrow:
Interested in developing more sustainable technologies and industrial chains for the protection of the planet, notably through new organic materials and systems thinking.
By rethinking our human-machine interfaces by integrating humans at the heart of the system by coupling artificial intelligence and virtual reality with intelligent materials, robotics, and the Internet of Things.
This major is open to ESILV students on internal application: it is the only major to be the subject of a selection.
ESiLV’s Antidisciplinary Approach
The two innovation groups aforementioned are headed by Dr. Marc Teyssier and Dr. Clément Duhart. Thanks to their connection to the Medialab of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), MRI students benefit from high-level speakers and training in addition to privileged access to the nine laboratories of the DVIC.
To further clarify this approach, it’s important to note that the whole idea is to train the brains of the students in seeing how the future will evolve before others. The antidisciplinary outlook is about working in spaces that simply do not fit into any existing academic discipline.
ESiLV’s creative technology major specifically offers its candidates specific frameworks and methods of studying by creating a collaborative space among peers and offering content and tools that allow different parties and members of this major to understand each others’ technical language and mode of work.
If you’re one of the rare engineers that have a vision for developing future technologies without jeopardizing the creative part, then this major is for you!