Ph.D in UX related field (e.g. HCI) - Wil it be helpful enough as investment?
9 Oct 2011 - 7:28am
2 years ago
How do you think about Ph.D in UX related field (e.g. HCI or Interaction Design)?
There are many discussions going around in academia but some professionals has complained that the researches are not useful enough to apply to the working process for real products. They argues that the academia cannot lead the innovation for the next 5~10+ years any longer, and that sometimes they are even behind the industrial world.
What is your opinion about the role of academia nowadays? And what do you expect?
So far, many UX designers are from various fields and their enducational
background cannot be standardized. And is also true that in some
companies, everybody talks about UX and thinks that anybody can actually
do UX design.
One of my colleagues thinks HCI will be integrated as a mandatory course in
Computer Science or Design, but NOT stand as an independet descipline.
If somebody is considering about getting Ph. D in this field, what will
you advise, especially for someone with 4-6 years of experience as a
Do you think it's time to establish this field academically? Or all of these academic discussions are too much (or useless or stagnant) and keep going with the real products are the best practice?
Will this investment (Ph.D) be worth making for the future career (professional or academia)?