Discussion Archive: October 2004

18 Oct 2004 - 5:06pm
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Alder Yarrow
2004

RE: Should iteraction designers produce code... (Formally: MITRE position)

The expectations you expressed below are perfectly valid. Definitely and 100
percent valid.

18 Oct 2004 - 4:58pm
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Juhan Sonin
2003

RE: Should iteraction designer produce code... (Formally: MITRE position)

Don't apologize Coryndon for taking me to task on the mediocre job
description.

We're developing rapid prototypes, not commercial-on-the-shelf
products. MITRE is an R&D center; we can't legally produce COTS
products. In our case, 'final products' are working prototypes. There
was relevant text before the 'Java or JSP' line: "Ideally, this person
will also have experience in some, or all, of the following:"... I'll
massage the job description to make this clear.

Alder/Coryndon: Designers often have to make their ideas/prototypes
jump to life...

18 Oct 2004 - 3:34pm
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9 years ago
17 replies
Petteri Hiisilä
2004

Should interaction designer produce code... (Formally: Open Position: Sr. Interaction Designer @ MITRE)

> Technical background is a good requirement; experience in a specific
> language development environment raises some red flags for me: is this
> *really* a design position? would the ID report to engineering?

18 Oct 2004 - 1:12pm
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Cindy Alvarez
2004

Should interaction designer produce code... (Formally: Open Position: Sr. Interaction Designer @ MITRE)

> I see no problem with having some working experience of the actual
> development context and processes of the programmer and indeed would
> encourage it as the portion of learning more about the mindset.

I spent about a year just out of college working as a web programmer,
building some simple applications, churning out some pretty awful but
working code.

18 Oct 2004 - 12:37pm
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9 years ago
40 replies
Adlin, Tamara
2004

Cell phone interaction design rant

Ok, maybe I'm a luddite. And maybe this has been talked about too much. But my cell phone is driving me completely bonkers and makes me crazy as someone interested in IA.

I transferred my number to ATT. I got a great little phone with a camera (not a total luddite). I did NOT take the time I should have to research the whole "mMode" thing, supposing it was just an optional 'get online with your phone' OPTION.

18 Oct 2004 - 12:29pm
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Michael Rabjohns
2004

Information Architect position - Washington DC

We're hiring an Information Architect for an intranet redesign project at a
government agency.

18 Oct 2004 - 11:22am
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Narey, Kevin
2004

Should iteraction designer produce code... (Form ally: Open Position: Sr. Interaction Designer @ MITRE)

Good point.

Alan Cooper suggests in Inmates that to be an interaction designer you need
to understand the mindsets of the user and programmers of the application
(or something very similar).

18 Oct 2004 - 11:16am
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Alder Yarrow
2004

Should iteraction designer produce code...(Formally: Open Position: Sr. Interaction Designer @ MITRE)

Coryndon wrote: "However, in my professional experience I rarely see this
happening anymore. Besides the need for the interaction designer to have
enough skills to produce effective disposable prototypes it seems like this
skills are more and more being divided into two different roles."

Amen.

Would you ask the architect of your building to put on a utility belt and
hammer and start framing the walls? Might be a nice idea but she's unlikely
to know how to do it.

18 Oct 2004 - 10:44am
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Dave Malouf
2005

Relevant IA study about employment trends ( was FW: [aifia-members] IA Trends Survey--Results)

http://louisrosenfeld.com/home/bloug_archive/000307.html

This study by Louis Rosenfeld and his comments with it are pretty much in
line w/ the discussion going on regarding in-house vs. out.

Just thought I'd pass it on.

--dave

18 Oct 2004 - 9:25am
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9 years ago
1 reply
Coryndon Luxmoore
2004

Should iteraction designer produce code... (Formally: Open Position: Sr. Interaction Designer @ MITRE)

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- Creating release quality web development code and graphics for inclusion
in the final products
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- Java or JSP development experience
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I see position requirements like this a lot in job postings (Sorry to pick
on you Juhan)where the expectation seems to be that the interaction designer
will be doing the production coding as well as the design. However, in my
professional experience I rarely see this happening anymore.