Programming and IxD (was- Help: Looking for another me)

5 Sep 2004 - 2:41pm
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Christian Simon
2003

on 9/5/04 12:00, wrote:
>> Can I be a programmer and an IxD?
> "Can Programmers Do Interaction Design?" by Kim Goodwin (Cooper)
> http://www.cooper.com/content/insights/newsletters/2003_08/Can_Programme
> rs_Do_Interaction_Design.asp

Programmers can design programs and interaction very effectively. It's
absurd to think that they are under qualified because of some Neolithic gene
or innate character that impedes their understanding of designing for users.

Programmers are bad IxDers, because they spend more of their time
programming and less time designing. If there is a difficulty its
inexperience not inability.

Christian

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6 Sep 2004 - 4:48am
Martyn Jones BSc
2004

Christian wrote:
> Programmers can design programs and interaction very effectively. It's
> absurd to think that they are under qualified because of some Neolithic
> gene or innate character that impedes their understanding of designing for

> users.

> Programmers are bad IxDers, because they spend more of their time
> programming and less time designing. If there is a difficulty its
> inexperience not inability.

One of my earlier posts was actually meant to be directed at seeking roles
within our industry.

I know that currently I am asked to design and animate 3D graphics, design
and program applications (which involves Interaction Design), and more
recently, handle clients and run some rudimentary risk analysis.

I would like to work for a larger/another company that allots time for
Interaction Design (appreciates the value in it) and would like to continue
programming, but also have a say in the Interaction Design.

Maybe my real concern is that I feel IxD is not taken seriously enough at my
present company - and perhaps I would be content purely as a programmer in a
company where IxD is adequately addressed.

Is there anyone here with experience of starting as a Programmer and then
becoming an Interaction Designer? Or starting as a Graphic Designer /
Interaction Designer and then becoming a full-time Programmer? (NOTE: I
realise that depending upon the size of the company, Programmer - IxD roles
become blurred - and that even in larger companies, the roles overlap - I am
more interested in larger companies, with more tightly defined job roles).
I would like to hear what you think you have gained / lost from the switch.

Martyn

6 Sep 2004 - 1:42pm
Jef Raskin
2004

Heck, I started designing *hardware*. Then moving to programming, then
manual writing, and then to interfaction design.

Any experience can be helpful, so long as you learn the new discipline
well.

On Sep 6, 2004, at 3:48 AM, Martyn Jones BSc wrote:

> Is there anyone here with experience of starting as a Programmer and
> then
> becoming an Interaction Designer?

6 Sep 2004 - 1:30pm
Christian Simon
2003

This general question has been raised before on the list. I've asked it
myself. The archives are not searchable, but they are online.

There are many opinion and often a lot of clapping when someone comes up
with a good second look at what makes a good IxDer. Responses vary, Martyn,
so the response you get now may not answer your question.

This might be a good topic for additions to the IxD web site. A feature -
successful and interesting accounts in IxD. Projects vary the most and this
may be an angle. Personally, I favor a look at people's attitudes and
activities. The personal account is better as long as it remains fresh.

I'd certainly be interested to collaborate and organize such an effort.

Am I missing anything?
Christian

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