Top design title in your organization?

12 Sep 2007 - 7:16pm
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russwilson
2005

I was wondering if IxDA'ers would share their views on promotion
paths in software design.

(I believe this has been discussed to some degree before)

I see two:

1) Chief of Design or Chief Designer or ??
2) VP of Product Design and possibly Chief Design Officer

The first seems more along the creative, individual contributor
track -- similar to Chief Architect. Whereas the second is more
corporate.

Do both hold as much political weight within the organization (potentially)?
(the tracks - disregard the exact title for the moment)

And, what is the best top title for the creative track? What about the corporate
track? What top titles exist in your organizations?

Thanks!
Russ

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12 Sep 2007 - 7:38pm
Dante Murphy
2006

Russ-

My comapny (DigitasHealth) has a pretty good career path specifically in IxD, going from Associate IxD up to SVP of User Experience. Probably the highest position that is purely an IxD practitioner is our "Principal IxD" position, which equates to a Director-level.

Above the SVP, we fold into the Chief Creative Officer, who (as nearly as I can tell) reports directly to God.

There are also opportunities for very senior IxD's to transition into Creative Director or Account Management roles that capitalize on their IxD skills pretty directly but integrate other skills and interests. After all, we're a pretty talented bunch of bears.

Interested in what opthers have to say on the topic...

Dante

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Subject: [IxDA Discuss] Top design title in your organization?

I was wondering if IxDA'ers would share their views on promotion
paths in software design.

(I believe this has been discussed to some degree before)

I see two:

1) Chief of Design or Chief Designer or ??
2) VP of Product Design and possibly Chief Design Officer

The first seems more along the creative, individual contributor
track -- similar to Chief Architect. Whereas the second is more
corporate.

Do both hold as much political weight within the organization (potentially)?
(the tracks - disregard the exact title for the moment)

And, what is the best top title for the creative track? What about the corporate
track? What top titles exist in your organizations?

Thanks!
Russ

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13 Sep 2007 - 8:50am
mtumi
2004

lucky you. I'll throw in on my experience as part of 2 smaller
software companies (one about 50 people and the other about 100), and
one very large company (part of news corp).

In one of the 2 companies, I was design director, but in actuality it
turned out that in addition to all design, including print, it was
expected to be a product/program management position as well (and
even primarily). the other company in the past had a creative
director, and graphic designers, all of whom were primarily slanted
towards graphic design, with few if any interaction design processes
in place. At the large company once again the designers were in a
position of "putting lipstick on the pig" - doing graphic comps of
wireframes that were completed by product managers with no design
training (which is not to say no aptitude, but still).

At this point I am going back to one of the small companies, in a
product manager role w/ responsibility for design as well as some of
the development, and hopefully will grow it into a formal design
position if the company can stretch that way. Rather than fight it,
I am testing out the theory that product (not project) management is
the best position to influence design in many real-world software
companies. I also happen to have a lot of friends there, which is
always helpful. :-)

I just wanted to throw in my 2 cents because I think many on the list
are in the fortunate position of being in part of a company with an
established design process and even (gasp) design management. In
some sense this whole list is ahead of the curve. I suspect there
are many more people out there in the marketplace who are in a
situation closer to mine, and end up carving out an interaction
design and/or usability position based on involvement with some other
aspect of software design (usually client-side engineering, product
management, or graphic design).

The experience of fighting the battles to establish processes in an
organization can be potentially more educational than walking into an
existing team (or so I tell myself) - not that I wouldn't love to
join an established team one of these days. :-) I just wanted to
throw that out there in case any find it helpful. props to the
undercover IxDers!

Michael

On Sep 12, 2007, at 8:38 PM, Dante Murphy wrote:

> Russ-
>
> My comapny (DigitasHealth) has a pretty good career path
> specifically in IxD, going from Associate IxD up to SVP of User
> Experience. Probably the highest position that is purely an IxD
> practitioner is our "Principal IxD" position, which equates to a
> Director-level.
>
> Above the SVP, we fold into the Chief Creative Officer, who (as
> nearly as I can tell) reports directly to God.
>
> There are also opportunities for very senior IxD's to transition
> into Creative Director or Account Management roles that capitalize
> on their IxD skills pretty directly but integrate other skills and
> interests. After all, we're a pretty talented bunch of bears.
>
> Interested in what opthers have to say on the topic...
>
> Dante
>
> ________________________________
>
> From: discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com on behalf of
> Wilson, Russell
> Sent: Wed 9/12/2007 8:16 PM
> To: discuss at ixda.org
> Subject: [IxDA Discuss] Top design title in your organization?
>
>
>
> I was wondering if IxDA'ers would share their views on promotion
> paths in software design.
>
> (I believe this has been discussed to some degree before)
>
>
> I see two:
>
> 1) Chief of Design or Chief Designer or ??
> 2) VP of Product Design and possibly Chief Design Officer
>
>
> The first seems more along the creative, individual contributor
> track -- similar to Chief Architect. Whereas the second is more
> corporate.
>
> Do both hold as much political weight within the organization
> (potentially)?
> (the tracks - disregard the exact title for the moment)
>
> And, what is the best top title for the creative track? What about
> the corporate
> track? What top titles exist in your organizations?
>
> Thanks!
> Russ
>
>
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