I was reading the last part of the Ph.D. thread and well it occurred to me
that people were using "HCI" to mean interaction design. HCI is seldom a
design degree (that's one piece), and it is not equal to Interaction Design.
Maybe it is that HCI is a research degree and SHOULD be done the way it
currently is, but a design degree is more like a professional degree and
should probably be done in a very different department than an HCI degree.
I wonder if any of us really need a Ph.D. to do our jobs. I can see a higher
degree in design being very effective for jump starting an education to
match 5 years or so experience in the field, but if you have that 5 years,
is an education really going to ad any more value? Has it just become a
lithmus test for recruiters? Are we as a society so turned on by letters
after our names?
Anyway, I think my main point in this thread is that maybe we should try to
focus the conversation on what IxD education should be and not HCI.
BTW, I can see that if I was going to head up the usability or ease of use
lab at IBM that I should have a PhD, but if I was going to be working on a
project for IBMs Lotus UI Team, even in a lead position, anything more than
a Masters, seems like overkill and then a masters in what? Design? HCI?
Media? Anthro? Cog?