Interaction Design as a worldwide-accepted profession

13 Sep 2006 - 2:22pm
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Esteban Barahona
2006

Hi (first post ^_^ ),

There are some people that want to start a useful profession as an
Interaction Designer. I think it should be a career on its own right, not a
hybrid graphic design/software engineering pseudo-career.

Currently (at least where I live, Costa Rica), there's not one single
University that teach Interaction Design as one profession. I decided that I
will start to study graphic design and later finish software engineering,
but that's far from optimal.

Some universities, companies and other groups aknowledges "Human-Computer
Interface (HCI) Design", but only as a subset of "Software Engineering". Is
there at least one University in the world that accepts and teach Interaction
Design as a profession/career on its own?

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13 Sep 2006 - 3:24pm
Cecily Walker
2006

On 9/13/06, Esteban Barahona <esteban.barahona at gmail.com> wrote:
> Is
> there at least one University in the world that accepts and teach Interaction
> Design as a profession/career on its own?

The Illinois Institute of Technology has an Institute of Design. I
didn't go there myself so I can't comment on the program.

http://id.iit.edu/

13 Sep 2006 - 3:24pm
Lorne Trudeau
2006

Estaban,

The IxDA has a listing of educational institutions here:
http://resources.ixda.org/archive/category/education/

In addition, this article by Dan Saffer has a brief section on training:
http://www.adaptivepath.com/publications/essays/archives/000656.php

It includes mention of an Interaction Design program at Carnegie Mellon
University:
http://design.cmu.edu/show_program.php?s=2&t=3

Cheers,
Lorne Trudeau

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Hi (first post ^_^ ),

There are some people that want to start a useful profession as an
Interaction Designer. I think it should be a career on its own right, not a
hybrid graphic design/software engineering pseudo-career.

Currently (at least where I live, Costa Rica), there's not one single
University that teach Interaction Design as one profession. I decided that I
will start to study graphic design and later finish software engineering,
but that's far from optimal.

Some universities, companies and other groups aknowledges "Human-Computer
Interface (HCI) Design", but only as a subset of "Software Engineering". Is
there at least one University in the world that accepts and teach
Interaction
Design as a profession/career on its own?
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13 Sep 2006 - 3:32pm
Dave Malouf
2005

There is a list of educational programs listed on the IxDA Resource
Library.

Resource Library: http://resources.ixda.org/archive/category/education/

-- dave

Cecily Walker wrote:
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> On 9/13/06, Esteban Barahona <esteban.barahona at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Is
>> there at least one University in the world that accepts and teach Interaction
>> Design as a profession/career on its own?
>>
>
>
> The Illinois Institute of Technology has an Institute of Design. I
> didn't go there myself so I can't comment on the program.
>
> http://id.iit.edu/
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13 Sep 2006 - 3:39pm
Esteban Barahona
2006

Thanks, its truly helpful.

2006/9/13, Dave (Heller) Malouf <dave en ixda.org>:
>
> There is a list of educational programs listed on the IxDA Resource
> Library.
>
> Resource Library: http://resources.ixda.org/archive/category/education/
>
> -- dave
> (...)

13 Sep 2006 - 3:42pm
John Gr√łtting
2006

I have hired people from Carnegie Mellon and been very impressed with
their program. It is well rounded and helps students face the very
challenging issues of working in teams. If you have an undergraduate
degree in graphic design, computer science or psychology then you
have a good footing to start there in the graduate program.

John Grøtting
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22605 Hamburg
Germany

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Am 13.09.2006 um 23:24 schrieb Cecily Walker:

> [Please voluntarily trim replies to include only relevant quoted
> material.]
>
> On 9/13/06, Esteban Barahona <esteban.barahona at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Is
>> there at least one University in the world that accepts and teach
>> Interaction
>> Design as a profession/career on its own?
>
>
> The Illinois Institute of Technology has an Institute of Design. I
> didn't go there myself so I can't comment on the program.
>
> http://id.iit.edu/
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13 Sep 2006 - 3:44pm
Dave Malouf
2005

While I answered this more directly as where are there programs, I think
there is an implicit question in Estaban's posting. Is IxD a profession?

I'm not so confident that it is a profession. I am confident that it is
a discipline, but I don't think it makes sense for almost any of us to
be exclusively interaction designers. We have to incorporate so many
different design facets into our work.

I don't think this is a question of specialization vs. generalization
either.

I do deeply believe that IxD is a deep discipline yet to be uncovered
completely. I think that some of these schools are just getting to the
tip of the iceberg as to the effects a concentration in IxD foundational
principles can have on design as a whole.

-- dave

Dave (Heller) Malouf wrote:
> [Please voluntarily trim replies to include only relevant quoted material.]
>
> There is a list of educational programs listed on the IxDA Resource
> Library.
>
> Resource Library: http://resources.ixda.org/archive/category/education/
>
> -- dave
>
> Cecily Walker wrote:
>
>> [Please voluntarily trim replies to include only relevant quoted material.]
>>
>> On 9/13/06, Esteban Barahona <esteban.barahona at gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>
>>> Is
>>> there at least one University in the world that accepts and teach Interaction
>>> Design as a profession/career on its own?
>>>
>>>
>> The Illinois Institute of Technology has an Institute of Design. I
>> didn't go there myself so I can't comment on the program.
>>
>> http://id.iit.edu/
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13 Sep 2006 - 3:57pm
Sarah Nuehring
2006

I am especially interested to find out the general consensus about the
differences/similarities between interaction designers and usability
engineers. Is it a difference in training and background? Do they tend
to be involved in different portions of the development process? It
seems like there are many similarities but yet they are very separate
at the same time.

13 Sep 2006 - 4:07pm
Dave Malouf
2005

Hi Sarah,

A common question out there. I mean, aren't we all User Experience
Practitioners of one kind or another, right?

1st off ... no doubt there is overlap between roles and disciplines.
Just look at Anthropology, Sociology and Psychology. Since there
individual inceptions there have been lots of points of overlap between
these disciplines. The same is true within the various disciplines of
interactive systems design and development.

The idea here is to look at affinity. I think your question hints at
this by asking about "training".
The first thing to look for is where is someone educated or how do they
talk about their experience. IxD is about "design". It is best taught
and practiced within design oriented environments that include studio
and craft skills and that focus on skills around assessing value,
accuracy and appropriateness. Usability Engineers tend to come from
research oriented areas, or computer science.

Again, there is lots of blurriness here.

Something I tend to notice is that usability engineers believe that
there is a "perfect" answer and an ixd believes there is a "beautiful"
answer. Both bring huge value to a project.

-- dave

Sarah Nuehring wrote:
> I am especially interested to find out the general consensus about the
> differences/similarities between interaction designers and usability
> engineers. Is it a difference in training and background? Do they tend
> to be involved in different portions of the development process? It
> seems like there are many similarities but yet they are very separate
> at the same time.
>
--

David (Heller) Malouf
Vice President
dave(at)ixda(dot)org
http://ixda.org/
http://synapticburn.com/

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13 Sep 2006 - 4:22pm
Alexandros Phil...
2005

On Wed, 13 Sep 2006 22:22:04 +0200, Esteban Barahona
<esteban.barahona at gmail.com> wrote:

> Is
> there at least one University in the world that accepts and teach
> Interaction
> Design as a profession/career on its own?

Hi,

you can also check the User System Interaction programme offered by
Technical University of Eindhoven
http://usi.tm.tue.nl.
Its a two-year postgraduate programme (salaried traineeships:you get paid
to study!) and they accept people from different backgrounds and
nationalities.

I graduated from this programme and I can recommend it since it combines
theory and practice, they have an international pool of professors from
academia and business and good connections to companies where you can do
your final industrial project.

Alexandros

13 Sep 2006 - 4:21pm
Esteban Barahona
2006

Yes, training is the keyword. For my situation (...and of many others who
don't live near a Interaction Design University, School, etc) I think it's
better to study first Graphic Design.

...people should start seeing knowledge as modules. IMO, One-size-fits-all
mentality is counter-productive in University careers/professions. There's
no need for an IxD career name if knowledge can be taught in modules.
Basically, people will make "custom careers" combined with "base careers".

This kind of innovative education is important to research, develop and
deploy. Universities will be much more enjoyable and maybe society will be
more efficient.

2006/9/13, Dave (Heller) Malouf <dave en ixda.org>:
>
> [Please voluntarily trim replies to include only relevant quoted
> material.]
>
> Hi Sarah,
>
> A common question out there. I mean, aren't we all User Experience
> Practitioners of one kind or another, right?
>
> 1st off ... no doubt there is overlap between roles and disciplines.
> Just look at Anthropology, Sociology and Psychology. Since there
> individual inceptions there have been lots of points of overlap between
> these disciplines. The same is true within the various disciplines of
> interactive systems design and development.
>
> The idea here is to look at affinity. I think your question hints at
> this by asking about "training".
> The first thing to look for is where is someone educated or how do they
> talk about their experience. IxD is about "design". It is best taught
> and practiced within design oriented environments that include studio
> and craft skills and that focus on skills around assessing value,
> accuracy and appropriateness. Usability Engineers tend to come from
> research oriented areas, or computer science.
>
> Again, there is lots of blurriness here.
>
> Something I tend to notice is that usability engineers believe that
> there is a "perfect" answer and an ixd believes there is a "beautiful"
> answer. Both bring huge value to a project.
>
> -- dave
>
>
>
> Sarah Nuehring wrote:
> > I am especially interested to find out the general consensus about the
> > differences/similarities between interaction designers and usability
> > engineers. Is it a difference in training and background? Do they tend
> > to be involved in different portions of the development process? It
> > seems like there are many similarities but yet they are very separate
> > at the same time.
> >
> --
>
> David (Heller) Malouf
> Vice President
> dave(at)ixda(dot)org
> http://ixda.org/
> http://synapticburn.com/
>
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> MSN: hippiefunk(at)hotmail.com // Gtalk: dave.ixd(at)gmail.com
>
>
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14 Sep 2006 - 2:22pm
Doug Murray
2005

Dave (Heller) Malouf said:
>>A common question out there. I mean, aren't we all User Experience
Practitioners of one kind or another, right?

Absolutely!

>>1st off ... no doubt there is overlap between roles and disciplines.
Just look at Anthropology, Sociology and Psychology. Since there
individual inceptions there have been lots of points of overlap between
these disciplines. The same is true within the various disciplines of
interactive systems design and development.

>>The idea here is to look at affinity.
<snip>

>>Again, there is lots of blurriness here.

That's because successful user experience is not made up of discreet elements.
Instead, it is an amalgam of a variety of elements (information, graphics,
interactions, etc.), which combine together to create the experience. The
disciplinary boundaries we impose are artificial, not part of the user's
"experience."

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