HCI / Interaction Design- The difference?

24 Apr 2008 - 8:08am
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Archana Rao
2008

Hiya !

First of- a heads up on my background:
I am from India.I have graduated with a degree in engineering- compScience.
I work as a QA engineer for the UI component of the Virtual Center at VMware
.I am a very creative person with great analytical skills.I have decided
to pursue a career in Interaction design.
I am trying to figure out which program I fit in best.Im looking for
programs grounded more in design.I seldom code and don have a flair for it.

*Can someone enlighten me about the Difference between Human Computer
interaction and Intercation design.*
*And what exactly do you mean by the term Usability?*

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24 Apr 2008 - 11:08am
Andrea Gallagher
2008

Explaining the differences in labels, especially between these two, is
mostly about fine distinctions. Wherever you go, you should try to
learn about all of these areas.

HCI was the term used when I was doing academic research into the
psychology of how humans interacted with computers.

Within the HCI community (mostly ACM SigCHI), a "User Interface
Designer" was the practitioner who designed the interface rather
than studied the behavior. "Usability" is the testing and
evaluation process to determine if a given design is "usable",
which often requires some background in experimental design and
analysis.

As the "user interface" became more graphical, some UI designers
were better at the graphic design and some better at just the
interaction (flow, information presented, controls). In many job
descriptions now, a "UI Designer" will usually need strong graphic
design skills, while an "Interaction Designer" needs to focus more
on prototyping, task analysis, etc.

There are other terms you will run into, such as Information
Architecture, Information Design, etc.

When done well, all of the practitioners should use a "design"
process of clearly understanding the user and the need, coming up
with many good solutions, and narrowing to the best.

Hope this helps,

Andrea

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28 Apr 2008 - 7:22am
Archana Rao
2008

Hey Andrea! Thanks for the insight.

However,are there schools that cover a spectrum of Interaction
Design,Information Architecture, Usablity etc?
Will I have to Master at all of them?
Which schools are recommended in the US for Interaction Design?
How design oriented are they?
Thanks!!

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28 Apr 2008 - 11:35pm
Andrea Gallagher
2008

I'm afraid I'm the worst person to ask about today's programs. I
can think of a few highly regarded ones. Carnegie Mellon is probably
the best, and very design oriented. UC Berkely has the SILS program,
which has a CS history but is good at design process. UC San Diego
has a program that is more Psychology-based.

Here is a list of IA programs, but most of these are oriented to
information more than to design.
http://www.iainstitute.org/en/learn/education/schools_teaching_ia.php

Besides that, You might want to look around on other sites, or wait
for someone more knowledgeable to chime in.

Regards,
Andrea

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29 Apr 2008 - 2:44pm
Zandra Franco
2008

I am finishing my HCI degree & I've been contemplating the idea of
getting some courses in web mining and taking the online courses
offered by UBC in Web Analytics.

My take is that it can only make me more marketable besides the fact
that I find it interesting...Or am I completing deviating?

Thank you for your feedback. I appreciate it.

Zandra

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