Should interaction designer produce code... (Formally: Open Position: Sr. Interaction Designer @ MITRE)

18 Oct 2004 - 1:12pm
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Cindy Alvarez

> I see no problem with having some working experience of the actual
> development context and processes of the programmer and indeed would
> encourage it as the portion of learning more about the mindset.

I spent about a year just out of college working as a web programmer,
building some simple applications, churning out some pretty awful but
working code. It made me a better interaction designer, both in terms of
designing workable solutions and having a good working relationship with

Technical background is a good requirement; experience in a specific
language development environment raises some red flags for me: is this
*really* a design position? would the ID report to engineering? would
the ID end up responsible for fixing bugs and QA?


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