I'm trying to transition into the IxD area of IT. I
come from a backend web application developer background, approx. 7
visual designer. My interest in IxD has come about over the last year
or so due to my having done tons of hard work, along with my teammates,
on the backend of web applications, only have the users who don't know
anything about all the backend stuff complain and not like the
usability of the system. I began to realize that, although we did have
visual designers on the team, the interaction design suffered due to
lack of time & effort spent on that portion of it. Not to mention
I majored in Psychology, so I've always been curious about human
behavior. And, what better way to combine 2 well loved interests,
right? HCI :-)
have since left the environment described above, and I'm now working as
a Business Analyst. I thought this might put me closer to my goal, but
I realize that this particular position does not. I also know that
working in certain firms, IxD is not the companies' core concern. They
just want to get a quick application. So, I'm looking for a position
in which I would be allowed the opportunity to become more involved
with the IxD area of application design. However, every position I see
requires 3-5 years experience. Although, I have 7 years web
development experience, and I've been reading up on IxD, I've never had
the opportunity to actually create any of the deliverables to be able
to show a portfolio of any kind to a prospective employer.
Can anyone give any advice on the following, and any more that you can
-- What is the ideal background for someone entering IxD?
How can one obtain some practical experience, even when that person is
in an environment that is not conducive to providing it?
I appreciate any thoughts.
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