My name's Noah Ruede, and I'm a 22-year-old aspiring Interaction Designer.
spent three years studying Communication at Rutgers University before
learning about IxD. I was immediately fascinated by the field, so much
so that I have decided to transfer instead to CUNY City Tech's "Emerging
Media Technology" major, with the Media Design concentration on the
Interaction Design track.
The foundation of my understanding of
the field is still developing. Thus far I've read Jon Kolko's
"Thoughts on Interaction Design" (http://www.thoughtson..., as well as William Lidwell's "Universal Principles of Design."
as I'm on my own financially, I've opted to live in NYC for a year
before attending CUNY for the Fall 2012 semester; this way I will be
able to take advantage of in-state tuition. In the mean time, I need a
job. Sure, I could wait tables or work in retail, but I'd much rather
work in an environment relevant to my new-found passion, ideally one
that will leave me with networking opportunities and a budding
portfolio. The problem here is that through my research, I've found
most job openings in that vein to be open only to those with a degree
and/or experience under their belt, as well as programming skills.
Unfortunately, I lack these things thus far.
What I do have is
insatiable curiosity, a great willingness to learn, a creative mind (I'm
also a music composer/performer) and excellent interpersonal
communication skills. I'd also like to think I'm a talented writer with
a modest but respectable portfolio.
I'm doing everything I can
think of to maximize my opportunities and gather experience. I've
registered for countless mailing lists and am keeping my eyes peeled for
relevant events and meet-ups. My question for you, my dear
professionals, is this: Am I missing something? Is there something I
may not have considered?