Education formal or informal or both (was RE: RE: How to Get Into Interaction Design?)

29 Jan 2004 - 10:03am
10 years ago
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Dave Malouf
2005

I was wondering what peoople felt about academic vs. non-academic based
career approaches. Not is one better than the others, but it is so easy to
say "go to this school", but for those who are less academically oriented
what are the suggestions? And if the suggestions aren't as strong what could
we be doing as an organization to make such options more viable?

If I wanted to learn how to make/design a watch I don't think the first path
would be to go to school. There is a history of guilds and apprenticeships
(not that an industrial design degree wouldn't hurt), is there a similar
(not exact, but similar) path that we might be able to create.

Maybe I'm alone here I don't know, but I'm adverse to the academic path:
1. it is costly
2. it is still incredibly centered in western, white, and male dominated
think and processes

I also find that acadmic approaches while attempting to bring practical
application to their worlds work best w/o the real world constraints and
thus graduates still require a strong mentoring before or after anyway.

So I guess I'm not talking about a replacement to academic approaches, but
alternative and supplementary career paths.

-- dave

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29 Jan 2004 - 11:32am
Todd Warfel
2003

3) It's primarily based in theory, not practice.

On Jan 29, 2004, at 11:03 AM, David Heller wrote:

> Maybe I'm alone here I don't know, but I'm adverse to the academic
> path:
> 1. it is costly
> 2. it is still incredibly centered in western, white, and male
> dominated
> think and processes

Cheers!

Todd R. Warfel
User Experience Architect
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