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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
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.