FIN:3. Different deliverables of interviews
An unedited interview can sometimes be an interesting form of delivering the final piece. Especially when we are dealing with short interviews, the unedited transcription can bring some humorous content. An unedited transcription can also be chosen for conceptual reasons, but that will depend on the content, the context of the interview and the alumni that was interviewed.
In our experiments we tested out this deliverable with the interview we had with George. We met up with him at the academy and had a few beers together, as the amount of beers we consumed increased, the content was quite funny. The unedited version of the interview was a reflection of the state we were all in. This method helped us bring forward the topics of the conversation as well as the information about the context.
This format refers to traditional interviews where the most important or interesting content is edited to make it readable. This form includes the subjectivity of the editorial team as they are the ones making a selection of the content that will be brought forward. This traditional approach is suitable when there is a certain message that wants to be communicated through the interview.
We chose this deliverable for Remco Blom’s interview, were he gave Lukas a tour around the KABK. In order to make a direct, short piece that would be interesting for someone else to read many unnecessary details had to be eliminated.
A visual interview can be composed on photographs, drawings, illustrations or random visual material found anywhere. By choosing this option you are already saying a lot about the alumni you interviewed or the circumstances that evolved around the interview.
The visual interview can be based on photographs that were taken along side the conversation and then used as the final piece. The other option is to have the visual exchange of material as the only source of dialogue and use that as the final piece.
Either way, it’s a creative way to present a dialogue. Besides, the visual interview can give room for more content generated through the comments as the interpretations of material are infinite.
A recording of the meeting can be an option when the meeting took place in different locations for example, or when the context of the interview is relevant to the content. For example, to show a museum tour, a short intro of a workspace, a Skype conversation etc.
A video can be used as a unique piece or it can be combined with other deliverables like an edited interview or a visual story.
A bullet-point interview is another solution similar to an edited interview. It takes the form of a list, where selected information is included and it’s suitable for cases were a lot of information was shared. We chose the bullet-point deliverable for the Nonstopcollective interview. Our meeting with the upcoming design studio was full of interesting content, a lot of questions that lead to a lot of answers sometimes not too elaborate to build a full article. By choosing this deliverable we were able to include all the information in a way that makes it easy to go through and at the same time informs of many different aspects that might not be directly connected.
Voice recordings can be used as raw material with no editing or they can be edited and cut to build an interesting story. This deliverable is interesting when the sounds of the atmosphere add something to the content of the interview or when there isn’t too much unnecessary noise.
We chose this form for the studio 75B. Pieter Vos, one of the designers and directors of the 75B studio gave our class a lecture together with Hidde van Schie about books and publishing. The lecture had already a prepared structure which lead the content in an interesting direction so editing anything wouldn’t have had much of a point.
An article can also be a solution to present final content. Using an article as a deliverable normally means that the answer-question format is transformed into an informative piece of text. This can be a useful format when the answers received in the interview are elaborate and a certain topic is discussed for a considerate amount of time.
We used this deliverable for the interview we had with Willem Besselink. We had a two hour interview with him and spoke about several topics. One of them was the differences on art education between Germany and the Netherlands. By eliminating the formulated questions and editing the answers we created an interesting article which informs about his personal experience on both countries.