— is a three-dimensional interactive space made for educational institutions to take the learning experience to a whole new level.

Web Designer
User Researcher
Digital Designer
Visual Identity
3D Designer
Valerie E. Lianggara
User Research
Web Design
Information Architecture
Design System
3D Modelling
Adobe Illustrator
April - May 2021

The Challenge

As a follow-up of the brief created for afterhours., this brief presents itself as a continued exploration of design as a tool in the future of education and learning experiences.

Living in such a fast paced world, we often neglect what keeps us most alive - human connection and interaction. With or without the impact of the current pandemic, the
rapid mergence of modern technology is supposed to be a solution to improve ease of communication. In this self directed brief, I want to question how potential virtual human connection and interaction can be implemented in learning experiences.

Guided by the research question: ‘How might we use the enhancement of human connection and interaction in
a digital learning setting to facilitate a collaborative experience for school communities?’, the challenge was to figure out what we can design and implement to a digital learning environment that still highlights the significance of human connection and interaction.

The Solution

In this brief, I wanted to reimagine learning experiences after being stuck in my home country due to the pandemic, limiting my social interactions with her university peers. This sparked an idea of creating a 3D virtual space where school communities get to interact as characters. Using 3D software Blender, Assembly was born, a three-dimensional interactive space made for educational institutions to take learning to a whole new level.

Whether you are attending class, group meetings, social events or simply having a chat during break time, Assembly is designed to highlight the importance of interaction within learning environments. With today's world constantly evolving and everyone situated across the globe, we aim to bring together anyone who share the same goal of learning.

*featured at Central Saint Martins Graduate Show 2021 🥳



Understand our users

As a form of qualitative research, I asked some of my friends who are studio-based learners these questions to gain better insight on their experience as students:

  • What do you study in school?
  • Do you normally have studio sessions as part of your university coursework (pre-covid)?
  • As a studio-based learner, how have you adapted to online learning?
  • What do you like/not like most about online learning?
  • Do you think your quality of learning will increase with in-person learning?
  • What do you miss most about in-person learning and going to campus?
  • What do you like/not like most about in-person learning

From the user research insights, I focused on identifying the key pain points of these students that I could act upon. I simplified them into keywords that stood out to me, in hopes of helping me indicate such words as the main strategies and struggles that students experience that bans them from having a strong human connection.

With the data collected from the research, I decided to create a mindmap to sort out my findings and help me identify what the problem really is.

To highlight the fundamentals of my project, I created a Golden Circle diagram and a Policy Analysis Triangle diagram. This helped me map out the context, reasoning and aim for my final outcome.

I decided to identify a set of design principles I wanted to stick to for this brief, which are:

  1. Accomodating - Accessible across different environment and living situations.
  2. Fluent - Easily integrated with other virtual communication tools.
  3. Immersive - Engages students in projects, critiques and conversations that resembles a real-life setting

How might we...

use the enhancement of human connection and interaction in a digital learning setting to facilitate a collaborative experience for school communities?



I started to wonder... What if a database of online 3D models of universities/educational institutions exist? Like Google Earth? But what if we can interact in them? Enter an immersive virtual space where it feels like we're in school even when we're not?

To frame my project, I went back to my goal and reminded myself of how I’m going to solve the problem. I tried to visualise my concept more by sketching out how I am achieving the goals I set for my self.

As seen in the image on the right, a video calling feature will be available within the platform. I also considered a conversation radius, which meant that users can only hear people within their radius of a certain distance. This encourages users to actually interact with others within the platform.

Building Exterior



Final Avatars:


Building’s Interior


Visual Guidelines

When thinking of what to name my product, I listed out numerous key words that related to my medium and aim. From this, the word ‘assembly’ really stood out to me, as I used to attend a whole school assembly every morning in secondary school and I HATED it. Growing up in a very strict school, they made us do push ups whenever we were one second late to assembly - not to mention that the assembly hall was on the 7th floor and we were not allowed to use the lift.

In line with how I am essentially reimagining the school and classroom setting, why not reimagine the word‘assembly’? Because I have always associated the word with negative connotations, I wanted to give it a new meaning for myself. By definition, assembly means a group of people gathered together in one place for a common purpose. It perfectly described my project, and it sounds catchy as well.

Final Experience


Key Takeaways

This project for me, was no doubt the most challenging project I have ever done. When we first started this second brief, I had zero knowledge and skills on 3D modelling and Blender. Now, not only do I know how to create 3D models, but I managed to create one of my university.

There is SO much room for improvement. One mistake I made throughout this project was focusing too much on the technical side of things that I sometimes lost myself in it and fail to focus on the concept itself. Creating 3D models is something I have grown to love, and I for sure would want to further develop my skills in the future.

Further developments I would make is definitely solidifying the concept and identity a lot more. As mentioned earlier, I definitely got lost in the process and forgot to step back once in a while. I would ideally create a more defined and well designed user interface for my product, and also render it in a higher and better quality. Additionally, I am currently learning three.js to build Assembly, for it to be live and accesible online.