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How do I start a career in IxD? (already have bachelor's, but not in design)

Hi IxDAers,

What would you recommend for someone interested in getting started with interaction design, but who already has their bachelor's?

My plan was to make a website and gradually fill it through designing my own projects (or volunteering if I can find something nearby), but first I wanted to know if there was a better way of going about this.

If it's relevant, I have degrees in Cognitive Science and Studio Art, can teach myself programming languages, and have some experience with counseling and scientific research.

12 Apr 2012 - 6:00pm
33 weeks ago
4 replies
Daniel González

My Top 5 HCI Master's Programs

Hello everyone,

I am a Computer Science Engineer from Spain and I am very interested in pursuing a Master's Program in HCI in USA so, after an in-depth research and hours and hours of reading forum discussions and thinking about it seriously, this is my final Top 5:

1st - Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction. Georgia Institute of Technology.

2nd - Professional Master's Program in Human Centered Design & Engineering. University of Washington.

30 Aug 2007 - 12:51pm
6 years ago
72 replies
Lillian Carrascoza

What's the best Computer for Designers?

I could really use suggestions on the best type of computer to buy for web design.
I'm hesitant about buying an Apple cause most of my site's users are on PCs...
but I could be talked into it.

I was also thinking to get a laptop for easy mobility, but a desktop could be more suited for the job.

What do you like and dislike about your computer?
What would be your dream computer?

Thank you in advance

Lillian Carrascoza

18 Jul 2010 - 10:12am
1 year ago
4 replies
Katie Ware

Mobile Sites and Breadcrumb Navigation

Hi all -
Wondering if anyone has any insight or can point me to information on use of breadcrumb nav with mobile sites. Some sites use it, others appear to rely on a back link (or browser back) and a home link as a hub.

7 Dec 2007 - 1:20pm
6 years ago
7 replies

Examples of Maps/Navigation for 3D interactive experiences

We're trying to create an immersive interactive experience by allowing
the user to explore different 3d environments to find content. I'm
trying to make accessing that content more direct if the user decides
they rather not explore. Just curious if anybody has some examples of
navigation/mini map married to a 3D interactive experience.

Think of halo3.com/believe but with navigation allowing you to go all
the points of interest and maybe not so linear in terms of the explore

any replies are much appreciated!

Adrian Chong

25 Mar 2009 - 9:29am
3 years ago
9 replies
Mike Dunn

UX Certification?

So I've been asked at work to research UX Certification programs. While I'm
glad that an interest is being taken, I feel to a certain extent that the
whole certification thing is outdated. I'd rather just go to one of
Adaptive Path's UX Intensives (http://www.adaptivepath.com/events/2009/uxi/),
but because no 'certification' is involved, it's not even being considered.
Does anybody know of any programs out there? Anything worthwhile? Cooper
offers certification but they are very vague about what it entails...


3 Dec 2007 - 4:03am
6 years ago
12 replies
Marianne Jensen

Placement of credit card logos

I'm curious to know where others stand with regard to credit card logo
placement on an ecommerce site.

22 Jan 2014 - 4:46pm
Louis Rosenfeld

2 new UX books

Hi all; just a note that we've recently published two new user experience books that you might find of interest:

10 Sep 2013 - 11:50am
31 weeks ago
4 replies

What are the details on contract IxD/UX work? (does it even exist)

While I was at an internship over the summer, a client recommended that I start seeking contract work while I finish up my MFA. (as opposed to my previous plan of taking a bunch of internships to learn different skills.. I'm told more than one internship can make it look like you didn't learn anything or your skills aren't up to par for a real position)

8 Apr 2009 - 1:04am
5 years ago
9 replies
Toby Biddle

Online, unmoderated user testing tool

A new online, unmoderated user testing tool has recently launched -
www.loop11.com. Anyone used it have any thoughts?