Re: Programming and IxD (was- Help: Looking foranother me)

8 Sep 2004 - 5:52am
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Martyn Jones BSc
2004

Martyn Jones wrote:
> Is there anyone here with experience of starting as a Programmer and then
> becoming an Interaction Designer? Or starting as a Graphic Designer /
> Interaction Designer and then becoming a full-time Programmer? (NOTE: I
> realise that depending upon the size of the company, Programmer - IxD
> roles become blurred - and that even in larger companies, the roles
> overlap - I am more interested in larger companies, with more tightly
> defined job roles).
> I would like to hear what you think you have gained / lost from the
switch.

Christian Simon wrote:
> I've learned from those stories that interest me. Most compelling is
> anyone who can express themselves well on topics they are excited about. I

> was surprised when Martyn's thread ended on this idea. What a let down
> since there are plenty of examples in past threads.

Hey Christian - not sure if I've understood you correctly, but then I didn't
express myself properly in the first place.

I fully appreciate the multi-disciplinary approach / thirst for life. I
myself have a strong academic background in computer science and
mathematics, but have also taught myself 3D computer graphics (both code
based and using high level tools, e.g. 3DMAX), traditional character
animation and the basics of graphic design. I also freelance as a
photographer, illustrator, reiki healer and salsa instructor, and am looking
to add some martial art and break-dancing to the list.

On re-reading my post - I think it's just a cry for help. I should have
expanded more on the last line:
> I would like to hear what you think you have gained / lost from the
switch.

I want to work for a company that is concerned with IxD - but do not wish to
be pigeon holed as either as an IxD'er, or Programmer. I also fear that by
changing roles for each successive job, that future employers will think
that I don't really know what I want to do (not focused).

However, it's encouraging to hear how many of you lead similar schizophrenic
lives - and actually look to employ people with many and varied interests.

Martyn

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8 Sep 2004 - 8:36am
vutpakdi
2003

--- Martyn Jones BSc <martyn at kode.co.uk> wrote:
>Is there anyone here with experience of starting as a Programmer and then
>becoming an Interaction Designer? Or starting as a Graphic Designer /
>Interaction Designer and then becoming a full-time Programmer?
...
>I would like to hear what you think you have gained / lost from the
switch.

I started out as a software developer and then, over time, became more of
an Interaction Designer and Usability guy. I think that I now get to have
more fun and work on a wider variety of projects that I used to as a
software developer.

Having the software development background gets me a little more respect
from developers (once they know that I understand their perspective /
language) and also allows me to say "bullshit!" when needed.

I'm also able to dabble a bit in the software development side when I want
by writing common components for prototyping or for actual mainline use
(or, at least, get the components started).

Ron

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Ron Vutpakdi
vutpakdi at acm.org

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