What's next in my learning and how do I get it?

19 Jan 2011 - 10:56pm
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Dave Malouf
2005

I thought I'd get people talking about what it is they are looking to learn and where they are hoping to learn it kinda question.

There's a lot of formal EDU in IxD being created all around the world, but obviously, not everyone can jump into a 1-2yr program. So my question is what do you think you need to learn to be a better practitioner of IxD and how do you want to learn it?

-- dave

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20 Jan 2011 - 12:06am
Michael Haggerty
2010

This is a great question.

A friend of a friend of mine is trying to reboot her IT career with a focus on usability. There is a degree program she is considering at a local university, the cost is about $25k and the curriculum is not all that enticing.

I would love to know what other options exist besides university training to pursue formal IxD and kinds of experiences people have had with it. I have attended a number of great conferences with a focus on usability and been able to incorporate some of what I learned into processes in my company, but it's not like there are many books you can just pick up and learn from.

Best Regards, Michael Haggerty

Michael Haggerty | CEO, Chief Internet Strategist | Trellon, LLC

web www.trellon.com | email mhaggerty@trellon.com tel 240 643 6561 | aim haggerty321

On Jan 20, 2011, at 12:45 AM, Dave Malouf wrote:

> I thought I'd get people talking about what it is they are looking to learn and where they are hoping to learn it kinda question. > > There's a lot of formal EDU in IxD being created all around the world, but obviously, not everyone can jump into a 1-2yr program. So my question is what do you think you need to learn to be a better practitioner of IxD and how do you want to learn it? >

20 Jan 2011 - 9:05am
Bill Bernstein
2009

Michael Haggerty wrote:
"I would love to know what other options exist besides university training to pursue formal IxD and kinds of experiences people have had with it."

Me too. If the goal is core, 'traditional' IxD practices and skills, any non-university learning options would be interesting to hear about. If it's something unique, then perhaps it could be followed as a model, with similar programs sprouting up locally in other places, at some point.
In terms of 'informal' IxD skills (that's not quite right... maybe 'tangential') it seems to me that the workshops in circuit building, microcontroller programming, Processing, etc. that are offered within the DIY/hobbyist hacking community may be helpful in expanding an interaction designer's technical knowledge base, and ability to brainstorm novel solutions (when novelty is appropriate). Even if you don't intend to stick around and be a part of that community, and even if those skills won't be directly applicable in your day job tomorrow, it could lend you a better understanding of interactivity beyond the borders of the screen, if your work does indeed stay within those borders much of the time. It'd be easier to get into than cracking open a dense textbook, alone in your basement, and less expensive/less commitment than university, of course. And a little bit of autodidacticism outside your area of expertise may be a nice shot in the arm if you've been out of an intense learning environment for a while.
Having written all that, I actually haven't yet taken advantage of any such workshops... Just know that they are around.
-- Regards,

Bill Bernstein
Designer
Daedalus
On Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 1:22 AM, Michael Haggerty <mhaggerty@trellon.com> wrote:

This is a great question.

A friend of a friend of mine is trying to reboot her IT career with a focus on usability. There is a degree program she is considering at a local university, the cost is about $25k and the curriculum is not all that enticing.

I would love to know what other options exist besides university training to pursue formal IxD and kinds of experiences people have had with it. I have attended a number of great conferences with a focus on usability and been able to incorporate some of what I learned into processes in my company, but it's not like there are many books you can just pick up and learn from.

Best Regards,
Michael Haggerty

Michael Haggerty | CEO, Chief Internet Strategist | Trellon, LLC

web www.trellon.com | email mhaggerty@trellon.com
tel 240 643 6561 | aim haggerty321

On Jan 20, 2011, at 12:45 AM, Dave Malouf wrote:

> I thought I'd get people talking about what it is they are looking to learn and where they are hoping to learn it kinda question.
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> There's a lot of formal EDU in IxD being created all around the world, but obviously, not everyone can jump into a 1-2yr program. So my question is what do you think you need to learn to be a better practitioner of IxD and how do you want to learn it?
>

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20 Jan 2011 - 3:15pm
Doug Anderson
2004

I need to learn more about phenomenology, the science of human experience. I completed a masters in Human Factors a few years ago and that's great background regarding human capabilities and limitations. Now I need to learn about how to learn about people's experiences: of organizations, of processes, of systems, etc. That knowledge ought to help me move my design capability to the next level.

I am currently seeking a new role in experience design that will both force and enable me to learn on the job. I am also "hitting the books" but I don't intend to formally return to school (just yet).

20 Jan 2011 - 5:52pm
Josh B Williams
2010

I am a bit interested in learning a little more about the social sciences. Trying to understand the users and how their thinking works to come up with better design solutions. Been reading a little about ethnographic research and perception in psychology.

I am also always looking at new books across graphic, industrial, and interaction design. I like seeing what other designers are doing and what I need to do to sharpen my skills.

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