Re: [IxDA] Is it really necessary to master TYPE to be an IxD?

21 Jul 2010 - 4:51pm
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Dan Saffer
2003

There are no core skills you need to be an interaction designer.

If you want to be a GOOD interaction designer, there are several that are helpful.

Learning typography, while not necessary, might make you a better interaction designer. I know it did for me. I can't think of a single thing I've ever learned that has improved my visual design eye as much as learning typography did. The documents we produce: mostly type. Our interfaces: filled with labels made up of (you guessed it: type). Presentations: type. Text links: type. Presenting information in a clear and understandable way is one of the traits of a designer. I don't see how you can do that without understanding at least some basic rules of typography.

Dan

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