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Gemma Roper

MA work

Radio Activity | Safe + Sound | Doorbells

The Internet has transformed the way we listen to and interact with music; increasing digital content and advances in touch screen technology have gradually rendered tactile and kinetic interfaces obsolete. Radio Rhythm is an overtly reduced interface for music selection, where the dial becomes the central focus for interaction and slides vertically to mimic a metronome – allowing you to select songs from Spotify purely based on tempo or BPM (beats per minute). Paring back the visual overload and digital clutter of online music platforms, the dial provides a direct translation between action and effect without the need for a screen.


  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Design Products, 2015

  • Gemma designs electronics with a reduced analogue aesthetic to create optimistic experiences with technology that engage at both an imaginative and intellectual level. Her work is focused towards interaction with digital audio content, with a meticulous attention to detail that stems from her fascination with buttons, stacking objects and all things mottled.
  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Product Design, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, 2010
  • Experience

  • Designer, Chris Lefteri Design, London, 2008–15; Designer and co-founder, Nice to be Nice Studio, London, 2013–15
  • Awards

  • Brilliant Prize, Eddie Mundy Award, 2015
  • Publications

  • Chris Lefteri, 'Making It', 2, 2012