Interaction Design jobs

28 Apr 2005 - 6:33pm
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Anjali Arora, NYU
2004

Hi,

I was wondering if you could point me to good sources to look for interaction design jobs, now that I am almost through with my program. Any pointers / advice is highly appreciated.

Many thanks.
-Anjali
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Anjali Arora,
Interactive Telecommunications Program,
Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
aa917 at nyu.edu
http://www.artbrush.net/

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28 Apr 2005 - 7:23pm
Wendy Fischer
2004

1) Post up a portfolio online if you don't already have one.

2) If there is a particular type of job (interaction design, information architecture, interactive multimedia, application design, etc) or industry (software, advertising, etc) that you are interested in, then focus on that niche..

3) Sign up for a membership with BayCHI. You can receive an email listing of jobs that are in the Bay Area, but also include other jobs elsewhere.

http://www.baychi.org

4) Sign up for the IAI job listing.

http://iainstitute.org/jobboard/

5) Look at the jobs sections on the www.upassoc.org site.

6) Look at jobs posted on the ACM SIGCHI mailing list.

http://www.listserv.acm.org/archives/chi-jobs.html

7) Consider doing an internship with a company.

8) Consider taking a contract or freelance job in order to get more experience and to get exposure to different types of industry, jobs, etc.

9) If you are having trouble finding a job in New York, then I'd recommend widening your options and considering other geographic locations where there are jobs.

10) Network, network, network!

29 Apr 2005 - 5:58am
Dave Malouf
2005

Great list Wendy ... Here are my additions:

newyork.craigslist.org - great place especially for contract jobs
Join the NYC CHI list ... Jobs are posted there all the time.
I know the ITP program of NYU has an alum list where people post jobs to.
Ok-Cancel.com has a funky jobs section.
Well you are already on the IxDG list. ;)
SIGIA-L of the ASIS&T also gets people to post jobs on their mailing list.
Core77.com has a job posting section.

Don't underestimate the usual suspects: HotJobs and Monster do have job
postings.

Lastly, you can't underestimate the value of having a really excellent
online portfolio.

Good luck!!!!

-- dave

29 Apr 2005 - 7:54am
Petteri Hiisilä
2004

Forgive my slightly off-topic question:

What's the job situation in the US for imported interaction design
professionals? I've heard that getting a visa can take months, and many
companies aren't willing to wait for that long.

I ask this, because the IxD scene in Finland is in its baby stage. Not
many managers know why they need us. In-house organizational change is
of course fun in itself, but it consumes quite a bit of my calendar
time, which should be dedicated to saving the world from bad products :)

What other countries could be classified as IxD-aware?

Best,
Petteri

--
Petteri Hiisilä
Palveluarkkitehti / Interaction Designer /
Alma Media Interactive Oy / NWS /
+358505050123 / petteri.hiisila at almamedia.fi

"I was told there's a miracle for each day that I try"
- John Petrucci

29 Apr 2005 - 8:04am
Anjali Arora, NYU
2004

Thanks Wendy & David, this is very helpful. There were some resources listed here that I was aware of, others that I wasn't, & still others that I was overlooking ( monster, craigslist).

Another that I find really useful is the Good Experience job section at http://www.goodexperience.com/blog/archives/cat_job_openings.php.

Best.
-anjali
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Anjali Arora,
Interactive Telecommunications Program,
Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
aa917 at nyu.edu
http://www.artbrush.net/

----- Original Message -----
From: Wendy Fischer
To: Anjali Arora, NYU ; ixd-discussion
Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2005 8:23 PM
Subject: Re: [ID Discuss] Interaction Design jobs

1) Post up a portfolio online if you don't already have one.

2) If there is a particular type of job (interaction design, information architecture, interactive multimedia, application design, etc) or industry (software, advertising, etc) that you are interested in, then focus on that niche..

3) Sign up for a membership with BayCHI. You can receive an email listing of jobs that are in the Bay Area, but also include other jobs elsewhere.

http://www.baychi.org

4) Sign up for the IAI job listing.

http://iainstitute.org/jobboard/

5) Look at the jobs sections on the www.upassoc.org site.

6) Look at jobs posted on the ACM SIGCHI mailing list.

http://www.listserv.acm.org/archives/chi-jobs.html

7) Consider doing an internship with a company.

8) Consider taking a contract or freelance job in order to get more experience and to get exposure to different types of industry, jobs, etc.

9) If you are having trouble finding a job in New York, then I'd recommend widening your options and considering other geographic locations where there are jobs.

10) Network, network, network!

29 Apr 2005 - 6:55am
Daniel Williams
2005

i was wondering if anyone could tell me what type of things to include in a interaction design/HCi etc portfolio?

are there any good examples you could point me to?

where is the best place to post a portfolio to get it seen?

thanks for any help
Dan

-----Original Message-----
>From: David Heller <dave at ixdg.org>
>Date: Fri Apr 29 11:58:34 BST 2005
>To: 'ixd-discussion' <discuss at ixdg.org>
>Subject: RE: [ID Discuss] Interaction Design jobs

> [Please voluntarily trim replies to include only relevant quoted material.]
> Great list Wendy ... Here are my additions:
> newyork.craigslist.org - great place especially for contract jobs
> Join the NYC CHI list ... Jobs are posted there all the time.
> I know the ITP program of NYU has an alum list where people post jobs to.
> Ok-Cancel.com has a funky jobs section.
> Well you are already on the IxDG list. ;)
> SIGIA-L of the ASIS&T also gets people to post jobs on their mailing list.
> Core77.com has a job posting section.
> Don't underestimate the usual suspects: HotJobs and Monster do have job
> postings.
> Lastly, you can't underestimate the value of having a really excellent
> online portfolio.
> Good luck!!!!
> -- dave
> _______________________________________________
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29 Apr 2005 - 10:13am
Wendy Fischer
2004

Most companies currently are not hiring H1B visas, as far as I know, due to the unemployment here. I think it depends on a case by case basis and at what lengths the company is willing to go through to support and acquire foreign job candidates. The last company I was at was not hiring any H1B visas.

However, there seems to be recent mini-explosion of interaction design jobs in the Bay area in recent months. My guess is that if companies are not able to find designers in the Bay area or get Americans to relocate, then perhaps the companies will look to foreigners to fill positions and go through the visa process. I think that if you have an interest in a job in the US, you should go ahead and apply for it and see what happens.

That said though, I will say that I still know of enough unemployed designers in the Bay area that have been out of work for a long time and need jobs....

I do know of a friend from Europe who was able to come and work for a design agency in the Bay area through a practical training/internship visa (Q1 perhaps, I don't know) as an intern, however, he wasn't really an intern since he was a senior level designer.

-Wendy

Petteri Hiisilä <petteri.hiisila at luukku.com> wrote:
[Please voluntarily trim replies to include only relevant quoted material.]

Forgive my slightly off-topic question:

What's the job situation in the US for imported interaction design
professionals? I've heard that getting a visa can take months, and many
companies aren't willing to wait for that long.

I ask this, because the IxD scene in Finland is in its baby stage. Not
many managers know why they need us. In-house organizational change is
of course fun in itself, but it consumes quite a bit of my calendar
time, which should be dedicated to saving the world from bad products :)

What other countries could be classified as IxD-aware?

Best,
Petteri

--
Petteri Hiisilä
Palveluarkkitehti / Interaction Designer /
Alma Media Interactive Oy / NWS /
+358505050123 / petteri.hiisila at almamedia.fi

"I was told there's a miracle for each day that I try"
- John Petrucci

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29 Apr 2005 - 12:27pm
Karen McGrane
2005

I would recommend thinking about your portfolio in two ways: first, as a
supplement to your resume (to get you in the door), and second, as
something you can talk about during an interview.

You should post a resume and work samples on a personal portfolio site,
so that prospective employers can see that you're qualified. When I'm
screening resumes and portfolios, I don't look too deep -- I just want
to see the type of work someone has done. You should include a list of
past projects, brief case studies of the work, and some sample
deliverables. The sample deliverables can be sanitized or just
screenshots if you're nervous about having proprietary information out
on the web.

In an interview, you should be prepared to discuss your work products in
detail. I like it when interview candidates come prepared with a
portfolio that includes a range of work -- good examples of the variety
of deliverables they've created. I don't like it when people come just
with screenshots of the finished homepage, or just with a link to the
live site (I need to see the actual documentation that they created.)
For an interview, you can have your portfolio on the web, or you can
bring paper hardcopies.

I wouldn't assume you can post your portfolio someplace and have it be
seen -- you will need to point people there from your resume.

-k

Karen McGrane | Executive Director, User Experience

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>
> [Please voluntarily trim replies to include only relevant quoted
> material.]
>
> i was wondering if anyone could tell me what type of things to include
in
> a interaction design/HCi etc portfolio?
>
> are there any good examples you could point me to?
>
> where is the best place to post a portfolio to get it seen?
>
> thanks for any help
> Dan

29 Apr 2005 - 12:59pm
Wendy Fischer
2004

Having gone through a recent interviewing process at my last company for hiring two interaction designers, I recommend highly that designers have a physical portfolio that they can bring in and discuss. I'd also suggest that you bring in a range of different types of artifacts (specs, wireframes, flows, site maps, etc) and deliverables to illustrate the design process. I had 3 designers come in and not bring portfolios. 2 of them presumed that I had a laptop to go look at it online.

If you have an online portfolio, then bring your own laptop on which it resides, because you don't know if there will be the capability for others to see it on line or if there is an internet connection.

Additionally, you may be meeting with other people (engineers, PM). Having something physical and tactile that you can show to interviewers and that they can make a physical connection with scores extra points (unless of course, it's not organized and crumpled, then negative points). Pretend that you are telling a story to illustrate UCD process and design projects. Assume that the engineers and PM aren't 100% knowledgeable about UCD and design and structure your presentation as such.

Also, if you have projects that are under NDA and you know you can't show, there's always ways around this, like obscuring content, brand, etc or just showing high level design cases, in which you talk more about process rather than the actual project..

-Wendy

2 May 2005 - 12:23am
Lokesh
2005

Anjali,

check out : www.ok-cancel.com

It has a jobs section where they post job openings in the field of usability
all across US and world.

Lokesh Sapre
Information Architect
Blue Star Infotech
2nd Floor, Alpha Building,
Hiranandani Gardens,
Powai, Mumbai- 400076
Ph: 56956914(direct), 56956969 (board)

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Thanks Wendy & David, this is very helpful. There were some resources listed
here that I was aware of, others that I wasn't, & still others that I was
overlooking ( monster, craigslist).

Another that I find really useful is the Good Experience job section at
http://www.goodexperience.com/blog/archives/cat_job_openings.php.

Best.
-anjali
---------------------------------------------------------------------
Anjali Arora,
Interactive Telecommunications Program,
Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
aa917 at nyu.edu
http://www.artbrush.net/

----- Original Message -----
From: Wendy Fischer
To: Anjali Arora, NYU ; ixd-discussion
Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2005 8:23 PM
Subject: Re: [ID Discuss] Interaction Design jobs

1) Post up a portfolio online if you don't already have one.

2) If there is a particular type of job (interaction design, information
architecture, interactive multimedia, application design, etc) or industry
(software, advertising, etc) that you are interested in, then focus on that
niche..

3) Sign up for a membership with BayCHI. You can receive an email listing
of jobs that are in the Bay Area, but also include other jobs elsewhere.

http://www.baychi.org

4) Sign up for the IAI job listing.

http://iainstitute.org/jobboard/

5) Look at the jobs sections on the www.upassoc.org site.

6) Look at jobs posted on the ACM SIGCHI mailing list.

http://www.listserv.acm.org/archives/chi-jobs.html

7) Consider doing an internship with a company.

8) Consider taking a contract or freelance job in order to get more
experience and to get exposure to different types of industry, jobs, etc.

9) If you are having trouble finding a job in New York, then I'd recommend
widening your options and considering other geographic locations where there
are jobs.

10) Network, network, network!

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