how to get into IxD

4 Sep 2007 - 1:28pm
8 years ago
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Bunny Brown

Dear Folks,

I'm writing to the list to ask the advice of anyone in a helpful mood on
moving into interaction design. I've had a long career in IT and want to
move into something both more people-oriented and more creative than code

Given what you know now about the field, what would be your recommended
course of study for someone wanting to redefine herself as an IX designer?
What degree? If you care to suggest, what schools?

I'm at a point in life where I can do pretty much whatever I like in terms
of relocating for school.

So, if you had it to do over, and you could do it any way you liked, how
would you get into your profession -- again??





4 Sep 2007 - 2:51pm
Jeff Howard

Hi Bunny,

This is a popular topic of discussion. A friend of mine wrote about
it on his blog a while back and I wanted to point you to a particular
comment that I found inspiring:

I'll excerpt it here:

. . .

> Chad! Did you learn nothing in your time here in Pittsburgh? He
> wants to be an interaction designer and you gave him some articles
> from Cooper and uiweb?
> Tsk. Tsk. Tsk.
> You tell him I said to take a long unstructured walk around his
> city. Talk to strangers. Take pictures. Visit at least one museum.
> Pretend like he’s from somewhere else for an hour. Stop in a park
> to read Raymond Carver’s “What we talk about when we talk about
> love.” (outloud would be rad, but I leave that up to him.) Go into
> a music store, find two people who seem completely different from
> him and buy whatever they are buying. And then end his travels at
> your house where he’ll tell you the story of his day over a bottle
> of Bombay Sapphire Gin. The story should last as long as the bottle.
> You listen to his story and then like Mr. Miyagi in “The Karate
> Kid” tell him all the things he already knows interaction design
> without even realizing it.
> And to answer the question before you ask - why Bombay Sapphire
> Gin? Gin because it’s yummy. Bombay Sapphire because it’s
> beautiful. We’re still designers after all. ;)

. . .

For context, Chad and Maggie are both graduates of the Interaction
Design program at Carnegie Mellon University, as am I. Every school
has its own character that evolves over time; that's the kind of
perspective I think you might find there.

If you're looking for some different opinions, or just don't like
gin, there are a lot of great threads here in the IxDA archives about
Interaction Design education:

// jeff

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