Does it make sense for me to go back to school for Cognitive Psychology?
19 Jan 2012 - 9:26am
3 years ago
I majored in Industrial Design and HCI but am interested in Cognitive Psychology, but after reading Don Norman's article about the flaw in design education, I think what he says makes sense in that a lot of designers end up as pixel pushers because they don't really know much about people and how they behave to be designing for them, so they end up focusing on visuals only, which further causes companies to think designers are there to make things "pretty" rather than solve problems.
Would I benefit from getting a Masters/PHD in Cognitive Psychology? I want to be an expert in human behavior and really know what I'm talking about when I make design decisions. I don't think people take me seriously because I have a design degree. I was thinking about going back to school for IxD, but I'm afraid of ending up as a pixel pusher again once I get out.