I enjoy reading this list although I don't have much to contribute being a developer.
I have never worked in a shop that had any Interaction Designers. Most of the time we don't even get to do any real design up front. Most of it is Extreme programming, delivering little tidbits as you go, fixing problems later rather than on the front end. We have a brief meeting with the users or decision makers, and are turned loose with a "wish list" and a deadline. I don't know of a single company in Nashville that has interaction designers.
I've been through Cooper's Interaction Design seminar, and although I try to sneak in Goal Directed Design as much as I can, I'm often fighting an uphill battle.
1. Do the members of this list have any advice for developers in my situation?
2. What are some little ways I can build more interaction design into a "develop now" mentality?
3. What are the biggest pet peeves of IxD's regarding developers that I can try to avoid?
I came into programming from a more creative field (music) about 8 years ago. I don't carry the baggage of many programmers who have been doing it since Methuselah hit puberty. I find my applications less cold and "geekish" than most of my peers. They write the code first, then make the UI conform to the code. I design how the application should look and flow, then make the code conform to the UI. I'd like to hear some tips from actual interaction designers. Am I going in the right direction?