Advice for a stanger

10 Oct 2009 - 12:17am
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Mohammed Khan
2009

Hi everyone,
I'm Mohammed Khan from India.I'm currently pursuing my
bachelor's degree in Computer Science Domain and hopefully will be
out in the wild by 2010.Apart from been a decent programmer i also
have had very strong likening towards Art,design and human
psychology.I always wondered if i could ever find myself a profession
that would have all the creative juice.Today i am very confident that
i wish to make my mark in the IxD,UI discipline.
I never had any formal education in design but have given my best
to learn&find as much as possible from text and web.
Today i need a sincere advice from everyone of you here in the board
in regard to how i can move ahead in life to become a successful
UI,IxD Designer.I wish to have a strong foundation and understanding
so that i can deliver by best out-of-the-box.

Lately i been having thoughts about joining the Pilot Program @ the
CIID,Copenhagen right after my graduation.Not sure yet but would be
great help if anyone of you could suggest anything better.

Please reply soon cuz i'm already halfway through to loosing my
breath.Thank U.

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10 Oct 2009 - 9:42am
Dave Malouf
2005

It doesn't get much better than CIID, but there are other definite
worthy programs. Each have their own special take on IxD & design
education which makes answering your question quite difficult w/o
knowing more about you & your goals.

Here is a list for you to look at which is by no means
comprehensive.

In Europe:
Royal College of Art
Delft
Umea
Malmo
Utrecht

US
SVA
CMU
IiT/ID
Kansas

Asia
IIT
Hong Kong Poly
KAIST

Australia
RMIT
U Sydney

Brazil also has a few schools, but I'm going blank.

Lots to research!

- Dave

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10 Oct 2009 - 9:16am
RK Dhanvada
2009

Khan

I just happened to be a Recruiter searching for UX experts and not knowing
the U of UX .. Became very fascinated with the domain to advise my daughter
who just made it Stanford for some other programme . Wanted her to explain
the huge opportunity in this domain of UX of the best of US and world across
campuses .. Then from some cross posting found the beneath latest of
Businessweek covering the best of Design Schools world across. Including
the prospective Recruiters too !!

I happened to study the profiles and going abroad is only worth when you can
afford be it Copenhagen or anywhere. In India itself I have made prelim
assessment of the best of the profiles of IIT Bombay and NID too. There
is one in IIT Gauhati also.

Chase the knowledge and not for the paper degree. Do the validation from the
alumni ..

With best wishes

RK Dhanvada
Hyderabad , India
+91 9440179822

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http://www.businessweek.com/innovate/content/sep2009/id20090930_806435.htm

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2009/10/10 Mohammed Khan <mdskhan at gmail.com>

> Hi everyone,
> I'm Mohammed Khan from India.I'm currently pursuing my
> bachelor's degree in Computer Science Domain and hopefully will be
> out in the wild by 2010.Apart from been a decent programmer i also
> have had very strong likening towards Art,design and human
> psychology.I always wondered if i could ever find myself a profession
> that would have all the creative juice.Today i am very confident that
> i wish to make my mark in the IxD,UI discipline.
> I never had any formal education in design but have given my best
> to learn&find as much as possible from text and web.
> Today i need a sincere advice from everyone of you here in the board
> in regard to how i can move ahead in life to become a successful
> UI,IxD Designer.I wish to have a strong foundation and understanding
> so that i can deliver by best out-of-the-box.
>
> Lately i been having thoughts about joining the Pilot Program @ the
> CIID,Copenhagen right after my graduation.Not sure yet but would be
> great help if anyone of you could suggest anything better.
>
> Please reply soon cuz i'm already halfway through to loosing my
> breath.Thank U.
>
>
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14 Oct 2009 - 12:03am
sbisker
2009

Even though I didn't attend myself, I can recommend Copenhagen
Institute of Interaction Design enthusiastically. (I very nearly
joined last year's class, but unfortunately it wasn't meant to be -
a variety of issues kept me here in the States.) It sounds like
you're broadly interested in interaction design as a field, and are
interested in not only interface design, but pulling all of the
various disciplines together. That's where CIID is a viking, and
arguably even a pioneer: their program gets at the heart of
interaction design in a very hands-on, comprehensivist (if not
holistic) way.

BTW, if you have a chance to design while in your CS bachelors
program (or even for an extracurricular at school), do it. I did a
CS bachelors as well in a very technical program, and first got a
taste of design through helping design various UIs at software jobs
and redesigning my singing group's website. No question that those
experiences helped me pry the door open to more IxD-ish work.

That said, Dave listed almost all of the schools I would think to
name - but here are a few additional schools off the top of my head.
A number of these programs are really quite different from each other
(and from CIID), so research them carefully to get a feel for what
might work best for you.

In Europe:
*Domus Academy (in Milan)
*Hyper Island

In the USA:
*Indiana U (Human Computer Interaction Design)
*Parsons School of Design (Design and Technology)
*NYU (Interactive Telecommunications Program)
*Savannah College of Art and Design (since Dave is apparently too
humble to list his own program :) )
*At CMU, a few different options, each approaching IxD and design in
different ways:
-Masters of Human Computer Interaction
-Masters of Interaction Design
-Masters of Tangible Interaction Design
-Masters of Entertainment Technology

Good luck, and let us know where you wind up!

-Sol

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