KABK Netherlands and other IxD schools

19 Mar 2008 - 9:35am
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vlad
2008

Hey!
I'm (still) looking for formal training in interaction/type design. I
noticed the KABK in Hague has a new course titled Interaction - Media -
Design.
Anyone here studied/is studying at KABK or in the Netherlands? I'm
interested in how things go around there in the field.

Also, what other good schools in Europe teach this kind of thing? Besides
type design, interaction design is my choice for a career, so I'm interested
in starting points.
Any feedback greatly appreciated.

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19 Mar 2008 - 12:03pm
.pauric
2006

Heyup Vlad, I've been collecting IxD schools on this map
http://platial.com/ixdamaps/map/56336

I cant seem to get KABK.nl up right now to add it to the list. Can
you register on the map site and add it when you get a chance, plus
any other resources you come across in your research

all the best - pauric

(full disclosure: I consult for platial.com)

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19 Mar 2008 - 1:00pm
Anonymous

Since interaction design is tangetally related to HCI (or the other
way around, depending on how you look at it), you might find this
response on Google Answers interesting. Basically, someone asked
about PhD HCI programs. Mostly US-based - where there's a PhD
program there's often a Master's!

http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=400802

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19 Mar 2008 - 1:07pm
Anonymous

Also, there was this Business Week article a little while ago.

http://images.businessweek.com/ss/07/10/1005_dschools/index_01.htm?chan=... -- d-schools_special report -- d-schools

If you follow the "Read this Article" link eventually you can find
a sortable list of all the schools, instead of trying to scroll
through each school one at a time.

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19 Mar 2008 - 2:06pm
Dave Malouf
2005

Europe is loaded with good IxD programs:
In the Netherlands there is Delft, Einhoven and Utrecht.
In Sweden there is Malmo and Umea
In Denmark there is CIID
In Italy there is Domus, Rome, and I think Venice
In Germany there is Pottsdam
In UK there is RCA

And to Allison's point this does not include the myriad of HCI
programs out there around the world.

>From a European perspective, there seems to be a much
stronger/cleaner separation between HCI and IxD in that IxD seems to
be taught as a design discipline/practice and HCI is taught as a
research/academic program. I'm sure there is a ton of gray; but in
the US the design programs in HCI are not nearly as strong, or if
they do exist they are usually part of other programs like IIT/ID and
CCA. CMU and KU have separate and distinct IxD programs.

-- dave

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19 Mar 2008 - 3:08pm
Uday Gajendar
2007

On Mar 19, 2008, at 12:06 PM, David Malouf wrote:
> HCI and IxD in that IxD seems to
> be taught as a design discipline/practice and HCI is taught as a
> research/academic program. I'm sure there is a ton of gray; but in
> the US the design programs in HCI are not nearly as strong, or if
> they do exist they are usually part of other programs like IIT/ID and
CCA. CMU and KU have separate and distinct IxD programs.

I've sent this out before, but as a refresher, here's my biased
summary of the CMU School of Design approach: http://www.ghostinthepixel.com/?p=88
:-) Enjoy!

Re: HCI and IxD as degree programs...What confuses many (that I've met
anyway) is that there is the HCII (Human-Computer Interaction
Institute) within the School of Computer Science at CMU, which offers
a 1 yr master’s degree in HCI, with significant research methods
training and project work. I would NOT call it a design degree per se,
however. Really It’s a hybrid degree blending social science,
cognitive psychology, and computer science. The HCI degree is a
valuable one focused on computational perspectives, diverse research-
driven methods of user-centered design (UCD) process, including (but
not limited to) usability assessment and user-oriented problem
discovery, with heavy emphasis on cog psych and comp sci with
statistical and usability eval techniques, plus capturing data (user
feedback) towards making IxD recs.

Conversely, the School of Design is focused on design as a
“humanistic, liberal art of technological culture” focused on the
“conception, planning, and shaping of the artificial” directed towards
“individual and collective purposes”. Alot of third and fourth order
design issues and perspectives, blending visual, information design
and interface design solutions...increasingly service and policy
design too.

Here's a blurb for the grad design seminar:
http://www.design.cmu.edu/show_course.php?s=2&t=6&id=77

Unfortunately I can't seem to find Dick Buchanan's syllabus online.
Anyone have a link or a PDF copy of it? That document in itself is
quite profound, or very enigmatic to newcomers :-)

Uday Gajendar
Sr. Interaction Designer
Voice Technology Group
Cisco | San Jose
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ugajenda at cisco.com
+1 408 902 2137

19 Mar 2008 - 7:15pm
Graham McAllister
2008

Hi Vlad,

I'm programme convenor of a new degree starting at the University of
Sussex entitled Human-Computer Interaction Design. It's going to be a
BSc degree starting in September 2009 and will focus on IxD and UX
etc. There is a very active design community around Brighton, plus
London is close by also.

Feel free to get in contact with me off-list if you want more
information.

Best wishes,
Graham.

Dr Graham McAllister
Senior Lecturer in HCI
University of Sussex
Interact Lab
+44(0) 1273 877 267

On 19 Mar 2008, at 14:35, vlad wrote:

> Hey!
> I'm (still) looking for formal training in interaction/type design. I
> noticed the KABK in Hague has a new course titled Interaction -
> Media -
> Design.
> Anyone here studied/is studying at KABK or in the Netherlands? I'm
> interested in how things go around there in the field.
>
> Also, what other good schools in Europe teach this kind of thing?
> Besides
> type design, interaction design is my choice for a career, so I'm
> interested
> in starting points.
> Any feedback greatly appreciated.
>
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20 Mar 2008 - 4:29am
Paul Reijnierse
2008

Hi Vlad,

I am currently finishing my Masters degree in Interaction Design at the
Utrecht Shool for the Arts in Hilversum, the Netherlands. The program
has been around for quite some time now (almost 15 years). The focus is
very much on design, not on computer science and it looks like it will
move even more towards design in the coming years as the curriculum is
undergoing some changes for the next year. There is a BA and an MA
program available.

I don't know if you live in Holland, but if you do, I would encourage
you to visit the school on saturday the 29th as there is a public
showing for all the different programs on that day. Several workshops
will be given and you get a chance to talk to students, teachers and
policy makers at the school. Please feel free to contact me if you have
any questions.

Good luck with your choice,
Paul

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