Whether formal or informal education is an important part of anyone
pursuing a career, especially one like interaction design that has so many
elements to it. In pursuing my own formal education I came across a book
called "The Elements of Design" by Gail Greet Hannah. The book is part
chronicle and part instructional text for anyone interested in abstract
3-D design, which is a primary component of Industrial Design. The book
outlines 6 core attributes of any 3-D design solution and calls these the
foundation courses. I don't have the book w/ me right now, but they are
something like, line, volume, space, color, value, and ??? Oy! some
reading retention, eh?
As I was coming in on the subway this morning to work, I was wondering
what would be the foundation classes for IxD like these. do any of the
cirriculums out there have such a process as foundation? I know there are
people on teh list from CMU and Ivrea and I would be interested to hear
it. The foundation I'm talking about is for both Grad and Undergrad in
IndDes @ Pratt.
What I find so interesting about the foundation classes is that the first
year where these classes take place, nothing "useful" is created. The
functional is removed from the classes and all that is done is for the
purpose of exploration, experience, collaboration, and learning to control
these properties so that when you do add use and functionality to the
equation, there is a level of mastery in these properties so they can move
to the background of the process instead of being more conscious and
central in focus.
When attempting to apply this to IxD I get a little stuck. I'm not sure if
these are analogous to the IndDes version, but these are the areas worthy
of exploration in interaction design (or the design of behavior).
1. time - how to master time
2. selection - the organization and presentation of objects to be selected
3. I/O - input/output into digital systems
4. digital systems (duh!) - what is a digital dystem
5. research methods
When I look at this list though, they don't all seem analagous.