How "high-touch" is IxD (was are we an early indicator...)
19 Dec 2009 - 8:15am
3 years ago
This discussion sparked a question I've wondered about for awhile, so
I thought I'd ask the group:
How "high-touch" is the interaction design discipline?
In other words, when I build web development teams, I often find that
my back-end developers can work remotely, almost as much as they want,
as long as I have one or two local senior developers for strategy
On the other hand, I usually need my own designer and usability folks
really close at hand, and work-at-home days for them are usually few
and far between. I'd LOVE to be a telecommuting designer, but would
have a hard time hiring someone for such a collaborative role.
I ask because I get a lot of offers for very short-term positions some
five states away, and would love to telecommute, but I know that I
would have a hard time swallowing that pill as the hiring manager, so
I don't blame others for turning away remote designers. NYC companies
seem to have made this a big point in their job postings, f'rinstance.
Flipping the question around, with all of the smart "virtual
collaboration tools" lying around, what are we missing, in order to
make telecommuting a realistic possibility for our profession?
Nothing on the market seems to affordably provide that tactile sense
of "we're working together" as much as just sitting next to each other
in an office.
Apologies if this is off-topic...
On Dec 19, 2009, at 2:56 AM, Eric Reiss wrote:
> Our sector certainly SHOULD recover faster. With all the layoffs of > real > people, web-based self-service should be very appealing to businesses. > > > > However, each market is dramatically individual so there is no way to > generalize. At a time where it was virtually impossible to find decent > interaction folks in London, Copenhagen's largest shop fired half > its staff > (about 80 people). > > > > We've been looking for folks for several months now in various > markets we > serve, but with little success. The folks with real talent are few > and far > between. > > > > Cheers, > > Eric > > ----------------------- > Eric Reiss > CEO > The FatDUX Group > Copenhagen, Denmark > <http://www.fatdux.com/> http://www.fatdux.com > office: (+45) 39 29 67 77 > mobile: (+45) 20 12 88 44 > skype: ericreiss > twitter: @elreiss > > > > FatDUX is an official sponsor of the > Usability Professionals' Association > <http://www.upassoc.org> http://www.upassoc.org > > ----------------------- > > If you received this in error, please let us know and delete > the file. FatDUX advises all recipients to virus scan all > emails, and to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables > daily. > > > > ________________________________________________________________ > Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)! > To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org > Unsubscribe ................ http://www.ixda.org/unsubscribe > List Guidelines ............ http://www.ixda.org/guidelines > List Help .................. http://www.ixda.org/help