How do i get started?

9 Nov 2008 - 8:19am
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Manjunath
2008

Hello members,

Basically i am a visual designer working in a small team. We do detailed
prototype design on Inkjet printers using flash. Its basically to give a
complete understanding of the work flow like copy,print,scan etc for user
research and testing. In these recent days, my personal interest lies in
interaction designing and supporting that my boss wants me to take up some
task flows as exercize to start off. But i do not acquire any sort of
training or experience in Interaction design. Can any one advise how do i
get started and what skills i should require to get into Interaction design?

Thanks in advance,
Regards,
Max

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10 Nov 2008 - 11:46am
achong
2006

Education is great if you can afford the time/effort/money involved
but for a person in your current position I would say try and read and
absorb as much user experience as you can. Get yourself comfortable at
basics of interaction design/Information architecture/usability.

Continue to read mailing list, read blogs, and read books.

Here some good starters:

Communication Design - Dan Brown
Designing for Interaction - Dan Saffer
About Face - Alan Cooper, Robert Reimann, David Cronin
The Elements of User Experience - Jesse James Garrett
Information Architecture for the www - Peter Morville, Lou Rosenfeld
Don't Make me Think - Steve Krug

If you get through those you should feel more comfortable with process
and be able to start experimenting with practice

hope that helps.

On Sun, Nov 9, 2008 at 8:19 AM, manjunath n <greycell04 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello members,
>
> Basically i am a visual designer working in a small team. We do detailed
> prototype design on Inkjet printers using flash. Its basically to give a
> complete understanding of the work flow like copy,print,scan etc for user
> research and testing. In these recent days, my personal interest lies in
> interaction designing and supporting that my boss wants me to take up some
> task flows as exercize to start off. But i do not acquire any sort of
> training or experience in Interaction design. Can any one advise how do i
> get started and what skills i should require to get into Interaction design?
>
> Thanks in advance,
> Regards,
> Max
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10 Nov 2008 - 2:24pm
Ali Naqvi
2008

I agree with Adrian,
It is very important that you read some litterature that touches the
subject. You can read and learn alot from the net by reading the free
articles. Google it up and you will see tons of material. If you are
willing to spend some money then Adrian's books are great and so are
these
'Sketching User Experiences: Getting the Design Right and the Right
Design' by Bill Buxton.
'Observing the User Experience: A Practitioner's Guide to User
Research' by Mike Kuniavsky
'Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction' by Helen
Sharp, Yvonne Rogers, and Jenny Preece
PLEASE also read the books written by Don Norman.

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