I'm 26. I dropped out of electronics engineering in my final year. After that i have worked in the field of Interface Design for 2 years.
With things evolving at the pace that we see, I feel there will be need to take a masters in interaction design course a few years down the line. But since i dropped out, i will need a bachelor's degree and i can't give up work for financial reasons.
I'm a recent psych graduate and I'm wondering how people have transitioned from academic research in the social sciences to UX research. To those who have done it, what are the similarities and differences between the two areas of research (in terms of skills required, working environment, work life, etc.)? What were the steps you took to break into UX research? I'm thinking of applying to HCI masters programs like CMU, DePaul, and UMich. Are there other schools I should consider if I'd only like to be conducting UX research?
I'd like to share a workshop my collegue, Brian Cugelman is running on persuasive psychology for interactive design. During this two-day workshop, Brian offers a blend of scientific principles, concrete examples, and practical exercises to quickly guide you through an effective framework for designing more engaging user interfaces.
Stephen P. Anderson is a speaker and consultant based out of Dallas, Texas. He spends unhealthy amounts of time thinking about design, psychology and leading intrapreneurial teams-- topics he frequently speaks about at national and international events.
Stephen recently published the Mental Notes card deck (getmentalnotes.com), a tool to help businesses use psychology to design better experiences. Heis also writing a book on "Seductive Interactions" that will explore this topic of psychology and design in more detail.
I would like to invite you to Design for Conversion in New York the 18th of
Design for Conversion is an event that tries to bridge the
disciplines of psychology, design and marketing. After 3 successful
editions in Amsterdam and 1 in Cologne, the event will
be held in New York City. (This event is an initiative by Chi Netherlands and endorsed by IxDA Netherlands)