I am glad that I have found this portal. I am a Industrial Designer and I was laid off in 08.
I have not even had one interview for a job in my field. I was going to take advantage of
some of the training funds available. I am considering a certification offered at NCSU for
web developer. It seems to be a lot to cover in 3 months. Is this something that will put
me in demand with my design background? I have also considered working on a Phd.
I aspects of user centered design and interface design. Input would be a great help.
G -I know several Industrial Designers who have made the transition successfuly to this field. I'd recommend getting a Master's degree in Interaction Design/User Interface Design/Human Factors. IMO a PhD is over-kill for working in this field, unless you want to go into research/academia. Regarding web design, do you want to do the interaction design or the HTML? This is one of the first questions you want to ask yourself--the two areas are very different. Perhaps some others could advise on shorter certification courses than a full Master's. Good luck in the transition!
Drew thanks for your comments.
I have always been interested in usability issues so human factors is right up my alley.
I already have a MFA and I think a MS would compliment my skill set.
The interaction thing would be great! I am not sure how one would find this major.
Is it listed under computer science master degrees? Is this the area that I should look at?
Thanks for your help.
I have found a great resource for my search into programs that will
help me specialize in interaction. There are so many different names