Young Designer Seeking Advice

7 Jun 2009 - 3:25pm
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Matthew Ell
2009

Hello All,

I graduated from school about a year ago and have been working as a
independent freelance web designer. I am in the process of doing some
career planning and would really appreciate all of your feedback, as I
would imagine there also many other people out there like me.

Basically, I received a design education (BFA @ The School of Visual
Arts) and have been a tinkerer in Web Design since high school
(1998). Since then, I have followed new technology, studied and
learned new web programming, worked in a small
interactive/communications design studio, and have been trying to
learn all I can about careers in Interaction and Digital Design.

My goal for September is to be starting my career at an Interactive
Studio or Agency in New York or San Francisco.

My Questions are:

1. What Interactive Job titles should I be applying for? or which are
most suitable for someone with 1-2 years of professional experience in
Basic Programming and Front End Web Development?

2. Can you recommend any studios in NY or SF that would be good to
start a career in Interaction Design.

3. What professional and technical skills should be built upon before
applying to a Studio that works in Interaction design (web site
design, mobile applications, user interface, and interactive media.)

Thanks in advance for everyone's help!

Best,

Matt

Comments

8 Jun 2009 - 8:44am
jrrogan
2005

Hi Matt,

All the best with your endevour and new career! Here's my 2 cents worth:

1. What Interactive Job titles should I be applying for?

- Beginner/Intern Information Architect/ Interaction Designer/Prototyper.
I'd get anything you can to get in the door, even Business Analyst.

2. Can you recommend any studios in NY or SF that would be good to
start a career in Interaction Design.

- The job market is pretty tight in NYC, I'd imagine SF is tight as well. An
idea is to network like a madman, and see what's available. Don't be
discouraged if the pickings are slim, get something and take it from there.

3. What professional and technical skills should be built upon before
applying to a Studio that works in Interaction design (web site
design, mobile applications, user interface, and interactive media.)

- Knowing how to prototype is a great start - Basic JavaScript, DHTML,
XHTML, CSS, Cross browser/platform/device knowledge. Build anything for
browsers and devices, it always looks good if you have an i-Phone app to
show, even if it does virtually nothing but look good.
- UML/modeling is good - Activity & Sequence diagrams are useful, Visual
Vocabulary has some nice tools.
- Read up on the classics, know the basics, Old school Jacob Nielson,
(lately he seems to be getting Alzheimer’s), Tufte, Jared Spool, Old school
Alan Cooper (dido to Jacob Nielson). There's got to be 50 good writers in
this field over the past 20 years. Note this field is very new, but some of
the older books are the most relevant.
Good Luck!

Rich

--
Joseph Rich Rogan
President UX/UI Inc.
http://www.jrrogan.com

10 Jun 2009 - 10:04am
Matthew Ell
2009

Thank you every one for your feedback. This is helping me
tremendously.

Best,

Matt

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