Christian asked about getting into interactive design...
David Heller wrote:
"I hope others share in their path's to the glory of IxD w/ the rest of
us. I think sometimes we oft feel we are under credentialed b/c many of
us came from related fields or are grassroots such as myself."
I can't resist joining in on this thread.
Keep in mind that IxD did not exist a few short years ago. That means, by
definition, that everyone in the field came here from some "other"
In my case: my degrees are in art history & archaeology - Greek & Roman
mostly, with a bit medieval, Renaissance, and 19th century thrown in. And
how does art history prepare you for interactive design, you ask? Well, the
work of art history is largely putting into words some equivalanet or
analysis of what exists visually and experientially (paintings, buildings,
etc.). In IxD, a good part of the design task in putting into words (and
drawings) the sights and experiences you are trying to bring into existence!
One is the reverse of the other!
Anyway, my sojourn went from art history to book publishing... then to a
design office, where I stumbled into designing an early interactive
videodisc program (I'll explain if necessary to any subscribers for whom
videodisc is about as remote as cuneiform). From there to a training &
education company (more videodiscs), consulting, a production studio,
consulting, an electronic publisher (CD-ROMs), a internet startup, more
consulting, a consumer-electronics firm... this recitation is exhausting!
Currently I make websites.
In short, on-the-job is an excellent way to learn a good deal, if perhaps
not all, about interactive design. Teaching yourself is also good - just
going through the discipline of completely designing a product, however
"theoretical," will take you through a lot of decisions, which you can then
compare to other products and other design experiences as you get into the
Also, bear in mind that technology changes so quickly that often the best
experts around have only 6 months experience, because that's how old the