How to transition from technical writer to interaction designer?
10 Feb 2008 - 3:48am
5 years ago
I need your advice.
I am a technical writer, and I want to be an interaction designer. How do I
get there from here?
Do I need to go back to school or not? If so, what is the best course to
take? HCI at a more CS-oriented institution or an interaction design course
at a design school? (From what I can see, most IxD courses at design schools
require you to already have some sort of portfolio...)
(I live in Israel but I am a British citizen, so any school in Israel or
Europe is a possibility. N. America is not an option, unfortunately.)
For now, I am just reading as much as I can (this list, relevant blogs,
books, etc.), listening to relevant podcasts, etc. I am also trying to use
the little I have learned so far to give suggestions here and there to the
developers that I work with who are working on GUI stuff. (Unfortunately,
the main project that I write documentation for has a command-line
interface, so the scope for "helping" there is minimal...)