Thursday, August 31, 2006

So you want to be an interaction designer 2006

What it takes to be an interaction designer ...

"Five years ago, Robert Reimann wrote a seminal article for the Cooper Newsletter called “So You Want To Be an Interaction Designer.” Like many people, I read the article and said, yep, that’s what I want to be. I took Reimann’s (good) advice and found both work and training as an interaction designer.

Now, thanks to my book, I find myself in the odd position of people asking me how to become an interaction designer, what it means to be an interaction designer, and what do I really do all day? And while Reimann’s essay is still a great place to start, I want to embellish on to his advice with some of my own.

The Last Five Years of Interaction Design (IxD)

In the five years since Reimann wrote his article, there have been many changes in the field. The dot-com bust caused a lot of interaction designers to leave the field, but the Net’s recent resurgence has allowed new practitioners to join. Interaction designers formed a new group, the Interaction Design Association (with Reimann as its first president), to create a body of shared knowledge among interaction designers and in addition to “traditional” areas for interaction designers (software and the Web), new fields of work have opened up in mobile and medical devices and in the financial, entertainment, and retail service areas."   (Continued via adaptive path)   [Usability Resources]


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