I'm pleased to announce a new educational institution, focused on
interaction design and social entrepreneurship. We are presently
accepting applications for September, 2010.
Austin Center for Design exists to transform society through design
and design education. This transformation occurs through the
development of design knowledge directed towards all forms of social
and humanitarian problems.
I'm pretty green in interface design. I've read quite a lot but
often sit down to start a design and have a complete block. I realise
that there are a lot design patterns on the web, but it can be
difficult to really get a deep appreciation of them.
I'd like to build up some experience. Of course, the best way is to
'just do something'. However, students and newbies, such as myself,
perhaps don't have any real projects or sometimes long gap between
I was thinking about reverse engineering a couple of sites.
I have about a week to figure out if Adobe AIR is a potential tool for
a new web portal I'm developing. I'm hoping it is, I'm looking
forward to using it.
For those of you who are familiar with it, do you think the best way
to get to know it is to set it up (I have no project funding yet but
I could do this at home), to read some of the "bibles" or are there
any good urls you know of? Being that I don't have a lot of time to
figure it out and then sell it, I'm looking for a good overview type
understanding but one with some depth.
I'm resubmitting this b/c not a soul responded and I think it's a goody!
Whether formal or informal education is an important part of anyone pursuing
a career, especially one like interaction design that has so many elements
to it. In pursuing my own formal education I came across a book called "The
Elements of Design" by Gail Greet Hannah. The book is part chronicle and
part instructional text for anyone interested in abstract 3-D design, which
is a primary component of Industrial Design.