Do you regard "Interaction Design" as good name for your design practice? else, what's your prefer?

10 Oct 2008 - 6:31pm
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Jarod Tang
2007

As we found (interaction related) guys talk about the design in
different names ( interaction design, user experience design or user
interface design , etc). Myself also found shifting between the names
back and forth in different projects along the time.

What's your preferred name for your real world design practice?

Cheers,
-- Jarod

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10 Oct 2008 - 6:46pm
Mark Schraad
2006

for the most part I am a designer.

if I meet someone in business, on a plane, or at a party... I am a
User Experience Designer. It makes the conversation simpler. People
seem to get it.

in my work I do interaction design, information architecture design,
visual design and product design.

Mark

On Oct 10, 2008, at 7:31 PM, Jarod Tang wrote:

> As we found (interaction related) guys talk about the design in
> different names ( interaction design, user experience design or user
> interface design , etc). Myself also found shifting between the names
> back and forth in different projects along the time.
>
> What's your preferred name for your real world design practice?
>
> Cheers,
> -- Jarod
>
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10 Oct 2008 - 6:51pm
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2007

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On Oct 10, 2008, at 7:31 PM, "Jarod Tang" <jarod.tang at gmail.com> wrote:

> As we found (interaction related) guys talk about the design in
> different names ( interaction design, user experience design or user
> interface design , etc). Myself also found shifting between the names
> back and forth in different projects along the time.
>
> What's your preferred name for your real world design practice?
>
> Cheers,
> -- Jarod
>
> --
> http://designforuse.blogspot.com/
> ________________________________________________________________
> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
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10 Oct 2008 - 7:16pm
Steve Baty
2009

I think of myself within the sphere of user experience. Interaction,
interface, information, service, decision-making, form components of the
work that I carry out, but the focus of the effort is on the experience.

Steve

2008/10/11 Jarod Tang <jarod.tang at gmail.com>

> As we found (interaction related) guys talk about the design in
> different names ( interaction design, user experience design or user
> interface design , etc). Myself also found shifting between the names
> back and forth in different projects along the time.
>
> What's your preferred name for your real world design practice?
>
> Cheers,
> -- Jarod
>

11 Oct 2008 - 2:11am
dszuc
2005

I lead with whatever the audience and market I am in understands, and
underneath that aim to paint a larger UX picture. The rest is just
jargon :)

rgds,
Dan

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11 Oct 2008 - 2:56am
Joshua Porter
2007

I like the term "interface designer", as it includes the artifact in
question. Calling an interface designer by some other name is like
calling a graphic designer a "visual experience architect" or some
such nonsense.

I hate the term "user experience designer", as I don't believe you
can design experiences...experience is subjective and belongs to the
individual.

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11 Oct 2008 - 7:13am
Dave Malouf
2005

Before I started doing hardware design, I said "software designer".
Like Josh I thought it helpful to focus on the product and found that
"interface" was too technical.

Now that I do hardware, I'm "stuck" with "interaction designer"
and the labor (of love) of explaining to people exactly what I do. In
a way, It is actually a great opening ...

"I'm an Interaction Designer"
"What's that?"
"Blah blah blah ... [chance to really teach people]."

What I learned from "software designer" is that many people were
left thinking I was a developer ... same for UI Designer, etc. This
way I get to explain my role more completely. Sometimes a vague
opening allows for a strong finish. :)

-- dave

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11 Oct 2008 - 8:52am
Kurt Krumme
2008

It's probably overly simplistic, but I just use Web Designer usually.
I still think that anything 'architect' is a bit pretentious unless
you're putting up buildings. Interface Designer is a close second
for me, but I find that it doesn't come-off as well unless I'm
there in person to explain it.

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11 Oct 2008 - 10:41am
Jack L. Moffett
2005

I agree with Dave on this. I've always gone by the title "Interaction
Designer". This is in large part because that is specifically what my
degree is in, but I've always considered my self to be an advocate for
IxD. So, when somebody asks me what I do, or when I am introducing
myself to a new customer or new employee, I always begin with the
truth. "I'm an Interaction Designer, which basically means..." I don't
even make them ask what it means. Depending on their reaction to my
one or two sentence explanation, I may give more detail. Every time
I'm introduced to a new customer or collaborator, it's an opportunity
to spread the gospel of the importance of design.

We can't expect the world to know what Interaction Design is if we all
take pains to dumb it down or use other titles that we hope they
already know.

Best,
Jack

On Oct 11, 2008, at 1:13 AM, David Malouf wrote:

> In a way, It is actually a great opening ...
>
> "I'm an Interaction Designer"
> "What's that?"
> "Blah blah blah ... [chance to really teach people]."
>
> What I learned from "software designer" is that many people were
> left thinking I was a developer ... same for UI Designer, etc. This
> way I get to explain my role more completely. Sometimes a vague
> opening allows for a strong finish. :)

Jack L. Moffett
Interaction Designer
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11 Oct 2008 - 10:07am
Lucilla
2008

This is what I am finding as well within my own experience. I'm currently
taking part in a entrepreneurial training program, and all of the program
participants have to deliver their business plan, and present it in front
our business advisors and a representive group of business owners from
various industries. Having done some initial introductions and presentations
of my marketing plan, there has been alot of confusion over the term
'interaction design' or 'product design'. This exercise has forced me to
really clarify my title and business description. When I use "software
interaction design" followed by an explanation and examples of usage
scenarios in terms that the audience understand, then they get it, as it
applies to their own experiences, whether it's personal, such as online
shopping, online banking, or work-related, such as using the company's
Intranet to find HR forms or using desktop software on their workstation.

cheers,
Lucilla Madamba

http://www.linkedin.com/in/lucilla

On Sat, Oct 11, 2008 at 9:52 AM, Kurt Krumme <krumme at gmail.com> wrote:

> It's probably overly simplistic, but I just use Web Designer usually.
> I still think that anything 'architect' is a bit pretentious unless
> you're putting up buildings. Interface Designer is a close second
> for me, but I find that it doesn't come-off as well unless I'm
> there in person to explain it.
>
>
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11 Oct 2008 - 7:08am
Rusaila Bazlamit
2008

I think "Interaction Design" is fine... sometimes I use responsive
design... if it applies on the project...

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11 Oct 2008 - 1:54pm
michel.milano
2005

> what's your preferred name for your real world design practice?

when speaking to folks outside of the industry,
I have received good responses to some variant of "i work on the ergonomics of software," since i believe that a wider swath of the population has some experience with ergonomics in the context of physical objects. The term has a suitable amount of both novelty and familiarity to allow people to get a "handle" on the concepts. After that, I can elaborate with additional detail if my audience appears interest, receptive, or has some existing knowledge of interaction design or user experience.

my work is primarily in software/web, so take the above in that context.

-michel milano

12 Oct 2008 - 6:32am
schepop
2008

I pretty much like the inversion. Intead of Interaction Design, I use
Design for Interaction. In that way I feel confortable to explain it
further in whatever context. Nowadays I am designing hardware
interfaces, before I worked with software and internet services,
mainly with interface design and information architecture. Design for
Interaction is a good fit for both.

cheers.

14 Oct 2008 - 4:09pm
Anonymous

I use the term "Functional Architect".

The issue is that for many larger projects (with 100 people over
years), there are actually 3 distinct jobs with different skillsets.

There is the "designer" who works with product management &
marketing to help PM figure out what they want, and the focus is
around requirements.

There is the "designer" who works with developers on actual
screens, graphics, layout, control selection, and detailed
interaction design.

Then there is a third area somewhere in between that deals with high
level design which I call "functional architecture". This need
appears, in my experience, only with really large projects because of
the need to analyze the cohesive whole rather than fleshing out single
areas. I use the "architect" metaphor because almost all software
companies understand it, even if some "agile" ones may disagree
with it. There is an parallel between a technical architect and a
functional one. The former tries to figure "how to build it right"
especially for cross-cutting concerns and sometimes leaves the coding
to a developer. The latter figures out "how to make it work right
for users, businesses, etc.." for the whole product suite, and
leaves the exact screen/flow designs to a "designer". Difference
with a "strategist" though, is that an architect has skin on the
game and needs to see things all the way through to implementation.
(Again, I'm talking about the metaphor, that people commonly accept,
not how y'all are doing your jobs).

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