Should iteraction designer produce code... (Form ally: Open Position: Sr. Interaction Designer @ MITRE)

18 Oct 2004 - 10:22am
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Narey, Kevin
2004

Good point.

Alan Cooper suggests in Inmates that to be an interaction designer you need
to understand the mindsets of the user and programmers of the application
(or something very similar).

I see no problem with having some working experience of the actual
development context and processes of the programmer and indeed would
encourage it as the portion of learning more about the mindset.

I guess it could be analogised as 'looking from the inside out....'

Perhaps my interaction design skills suffer as a result of this involvement
as I steadily eek my way out of development and into a more consultative
role. It is realistic - it exists already.

Kevin

-----Original Message-----
From: Coryndon Luxmoore [mailto:cluxmoore at dakasa.com]
Sent: 18 October 2004 15:25
To: discuss-interactiondesigners.com at lists.interactiondesigners.com
Subject: RE: [ID Discuss] Should iteraction designer produce code...
(Formally: Open Position: Sr. Interaction Designer @ MITRE)

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- Creating release quality web development code and graphics for inclusion
in the final products /Snip

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- Java or JSP development experience
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I see position requirements like this a lot in job postings (Sorry to pick
on you Juhan)where the expectation seems to be that the interaction designer
will be doing the production coding as well as the design. However, in my
professional experience I rarely see this happening anymore. Besides the
need for the interaction designer to have enough skills to produce effective
disposable prototypes it seems like this skills are more and more being
divided into two different roles.

Do folks on this think that this kind of skill is:
-Realistic?
-A good idea?

--Coryndon

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