what do you aspire to?

21 Jan 2009 - 11:17am
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Mark Schraad
2006

There was a discussion recently that noted how much bad interaction design
exists in the world and that this org needs to do more to establish
competency. Slightly related... was an announcement that education is one of
the top priorities for the ixda in the coming months and years.
some quick positional takes (or working assumptions) on my part:

every product gets designed... relatively few things are designed well or by
professional designers

with millions of web and software developers working in the world... and
only thousands of IA's and IXd folks... we are spread quite thin

it seems reasonable that those of us participating in this online
conversation are pretty motivated.

I personally can't recall knowing or working with a designer who's
aspirations were to be 'competent'.

So as an interaction designer, what are your career aspirations?

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21 Jan 2009 - 11:24am
Kevin Silver
2010

Good question.

My aspirations are to work collaboratively with other designers to
design products and services that change the way people live and work
work, of course for the better!

Kevin

On Jan 21, 2009, at 9:17 AM, mark schraad wrote:

> There was a discussion recently that noted how much bad interaction
> design
> exists in the world and that this org needs to do more to establish
> competency. Slightly related... was an announcement that education
> is one of
> the top priorities for the ixda in the coming months and years.
> some quick positional takes (or working assumptions) on my part:
>
> every product gets designed... relatively few things are designed
> well or by
> professional designers
>
> with millions of web and software developers working in the world...
> and
> only thousands of IA's and IXd folks... we are spread quite thin
>
> it seems reasonable that those of us participating in this online
> conversation are pretty motivated.
>
>
>
> I personally can't recall knowing or working with a designer who's
> aspirations were to be 'competent'.
>
> So as an interaction designer, what are your career aspirations?
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21 Jan 2009 - 11:28am
SemanticWill
2007

> So as an interaction designer, what are your career aspirations?

To be competent.

~ will

"Where you innovate, how you innovate,
and what you innovate are design problems"

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On Jan 21, 2009, at 11:24 AM, Kevin Silver wrote:

>> So as an interaction designer, what are your career aspirations?

21 Jan 2009 - 11:54am
mcaskey
2008

Having been a "web designer" of 12 years, and having experienced only
that aspect of interaction design, I feel my aspirations are limited.

I fear I may be missing out in the world of IxD! What are some ways you
might suggest for me to remove the blinders? This list has been a
wonderful and engaging channel for me, to learn more about the
specialty/practice of IxD in-general, but where else can I turn?

Thanks!

Mike Caskey
Denver, Colorado

Will Evans wrote:
>> So as an interaction designer, what are your career aspirations?
>
> To be competent.
>
>
>
> ~ will
>
> "Where you innovate, how you innovate,
> and what you innovate are design problems"
>
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Will Evans | User Experience Architect
> tel: +1.617.281.1281 | will at semanticfoundry.com
> http://blog.semanticfoundry.com
> aim: semanticwill
> gtalk: semanticwill
> twitter: semanticwill
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>
>
>
> On Jan 21, 2009, at 11:24 AM, Kevin Silver wrote:
>
>>> So as an interaction designer, what are your career aspirations?
>
> ________________________________________________________________
> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
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21 Jan 2009 - 11:58am
Ben Vaughan
2007

As a developer / designer for about the same amount of time, all I can
really say is, "What he said".

Ben Vaughan

On Wed, Jan 21, 2009 at 9:54 AM, Mike Caskey <mike at casadev.com> wrote:
> Having been a "web designer" of 12 years, and having experienced only that
> aspect of interaction design, I feel my aspirations are limited.
>
> I fear I may be missing out in the world of IxD! What are some ways you
> might suggest for me to remove the blinders? This list has been a wonderful
> and engaging channel for me, to learn more about the specialty/practice of
> IxD in-general, but where else can I turn?
>
> Thanks!
>
> Mike Caskey
> Denver, Colorado

21 Jan 2009 - 12:16pm
mcaskey
2008

I'm one of the few mentioned, who has made a successful time of it,
without any
degree, let alone a specialized Master in IxD or Ux.

I have practiced interaction design on a daily basis, but again, only
within the context
of the web. I also feel a lot of the web marketing and optimization I
do has given
me insights to aspects of the user/designer/organization relationship
that perhaps
emerging graduates have yet to realize.

But I can't help but wonder what landscapes would be revealed by some
quality
coursework facilitated by a generalist.

I enjoy the web like crazy, but having recently been downsized into a
new round of
resume-flinging, I'm reminded of my curiosity about the wider world of IxD.

I hope this helps to explain my humble questions to the group. :)

Mike Caskey
Denver, Colorado

Ben Vaughan wrote:
> As a developer / designer for about the same amount of time, all I can
> really say is, "What he said".
>
> Ben Vaughan
>
>
> On Wed, Jan 21, 2009 at 9:54 AM, Mike Caskey <mike at casadev.com> wrote:
>
>> Having been a "web designer" of 12 years, and having experienced only that
>> aspect of interaction design, I feel my aspirations are limited.
>>
>> I fear I may be missing out in the world of IxD! What are some ways you
>> might suggest for me to remove the blinders? This list has been a wonderful
>> and engaging channel for me, to learn more about the specialty/practice of
>> IxD in-general, but where else can I turn?
>>
>> Thanks!
>>
>> Mike Caskey
>> Denver, Colorado
>>
> ________________________________________________________________
> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
> To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
> Unsubscribe ................ http://www.ixda.org/unsubscribe
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21 Jan 2009 - 1:42pm
Jack L. Moffett
2005

My aspirations fall into three realms.

1. Professional
Aside from the typical goals of making good stuff, making customers
and users happy, and making my company successful, I aspire to
increasing the recognition of design's value in my clients and my co-
workers. Whereas I am currently the single interaction designer in a
small company, I would like to, as the company grows, build and lead a
design group.

2. Educational
I've been teaching design as adjunct faculty for four years now. I see
myself eventually teaching full-time.

3. Communal
I aspire to be a valuable contributor to the design community—hence my
active participation in IxDA.

I suppose there is a race condition between 1 and 2. :)

Best,
Jack

Jack L. Moffett
Interaction Designer
inmedius
412.459.0310 x219
http://www.inmedius.com

Things should be as simple as possible,
but no simpler.

- Albert Einstein

21 Jan 2009 - 2:18pm
Margaret Ann Schultz
2006

Good question. I'm sure everyone has the same aspiration that Kevin
S. does, to design products that make someone's life and work easier
and perhaps even more enjoyable. Come to think of it, I think that's
why I got into IxD, because I thought it would make my life and work
easier and more enjoyable than my previous career.

As for Mike Caskey's question, I'd say:
What formal education did for me was to give me a foundation for the
field, communication theory, information design, empirical
traditions. Personally, I loved it, but a lot of people saw those
classes as necessary evils to get beyond in their quest for a Masters
degree.

My aspirations include not only seeing tangible results of my work,
but also to increase my understanding of how design & communication
affect our everyday lives. I think ultimately I am an academic at
heart because the more esoteric aspects of the field are what appeal
to me most. And I love doing field studies ;-)

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21 Jan 2009 - 2:48pm
Robert Hoekman, Jr.
2005

>
> So as an interaction designer, what are your career aspirations?

I just want to lead a life of doing meaningful work. And for me, the notions
of making things better for people, being continually challenged to find new
ways to accomplish that goal, and then passing my experiences on to others
makes my work incredibly meaningful.

In the future, the things I do to make my work meaningful may change, but
ultimately, that's what I'm after. I think that's what we're all after. For
some of us, achieving deeper meaning means endlessly pursuing perfection at
the cost of much else. For others, it means doing what we can and leading
more well-rounded lives. But in the end, the "what" that we're all aspiring
to is meaningful work.

-r-

21 Jan 2009 - 2:55pm
Dave Malouf
2005

1. Get through my first quarter of teaching
2. codify a curriculum that finally ads "interaction" to the
foundation requirements of design education (undergrad & grad)
3. Design the next "minority report" interface. Meaning be a
designer on the team for a movie that presents a new interface so
impactful that it is the point of discussion for the next 5 years
(Minority Report, Iron Man, etc.)
4. Be a part of a team that brings about change towards improving the
human condition (pick a context)
5. Help finally solve the semantic puzzle that is User Experience
Design

I don't understand why what you've been doing in your career for
any period of time has anything to do with what you aspire to be.

Ok, everyone, time to re-look at Randy Pauch's last lecture:
http://tr.im/bguv

6. this one is new b/c of the above video. Find a project, job,
otherwise be associated that combines my love for designing systems
and whales (or other oceanographic study); forcing me to finally get
certified in scuba and get over my fear of dark deep ocean. ;-)

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21 Jan 2009 - 3:28pm
Robert Hoekman, Jr.
2005

>
> Find a project, job, otherwise be associated that combines my love for
> designing systems
> and whales

I never thought about it before now, but you know, I'd also like to design
whales.

;)

-r-

21 Jan 2009 - 4:03pm
Janna DeVylder
2006

I aspire to create awareness of well-designed products, services,
experiences...

A story: I had neighbor who had quite the green thumb. One day when I was
about 15 I started hanging out with her and learning about gardening. She
offered to bring some hostas from her yard to ours. I didn't know what a
hosta was until she showed me. Once that plant had a name, I saw them
EVERYWHERE. Hostas didn't suddenly grow. They had been there all along, I
just didn't have the vocabulary or the vision for what they were. And then I
started to notice all of the variation of hostas.

Once you give people even a taste of the vision and the vocabulary of good
design, they see it (or more importantly don't see it) everywhere. And they
want more. They demand it. Which makes us in demand.

I also hope to constantly improve my craft by learning from my peers and
continuing to be observant of people using technology in the wild.

I feel like I just made some kind of secret club pledge or something...

Janna

On Wed, Jan 21, 2009 at 11:17 AM, mark schraad <mschraad at gmail.com> wrote:

>
> So as an interaction designer, what are your career aspirations?
> ________________________________________________________________
>
>

21 Jan 2009 - 4:13pm
Angel Marquez
2008

At a place I worked ,S*NY, the director of our department did a one on one
with all of his people and asked the "Where do you want to be in 5 year?"
question..
This guy I worked with came out of the directors office and I asked him how
he answered and he was all "I said I want to be on MTV!".

22 Jan 2009 - 4:39am
ivyclark
2008

Although mainly focussed on the web now, with my varied experience in
IA, web design & development, I.T. project management, sales and
marketing, instructional design and teaching; my aspirations are
2-fold:
- apply my experience and techniques I have learnt over the years to
bring better value and visibility to my work; and
- continue learning new ways of making interactions more intuitive.

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22 Jan 2009 - 5:52am
Renee Rosen-Wakeford
2008

My aspiration is to become better at UX/IxD/IA and to decide which aspect to
specialise in or to remain more a 'generalist' in the UX field. I've been
working over a decade in digital/new media - primarily web with small
amounts of iTV, Palm and email - but most of that has been as a producer,
front-end developer or a combo of the two. So now I want to try to work in
as many aspects of the field as I can, both to learn and discover what suits
me best. It's difficult at times, since I'm the only user experience
architect at a small design agency, but I am learning a lot.

I've only been working full-time as a user experience architect for a year
and a few months, though I've always been interested in the field since I
first found out about it, and I did have a job that was supposed to be 50/50
UX/front-end but ended up being mostly front-end as no one else was around
to code it properly, and that was always seen as more pressing.

I found it really difficult to break into doing UX full-time until I did my
MSc, even after I'd had a hybrid role. I'd get interviews but no offers, and
the most common feedback was that they would be interested in me after I had
6 months or so more experience. This was for junior roles, so where they
thought I'd get experience, I don't know. But then there's a real bias in
the UK against people switching into the field from related ones, despite
the fact that almost everyone who worked their way up started in something
else, since there weren't that many IxD or UX or HCI degrees until
recently. At a UPA career event a few years ago, I even heard one of the
speakers say they were wary of switchers because they figure the reason
they're switching is because they aren't good at what they were doing
previously and are trying to switch to a field that's growing. Of course,
then people complain that there aren't enough qualified people.

--
Renée Rosen-Wakeford
reneerw at gmail.com
Twitter: @lilitu93

22 Jan 2009 - 9:48am
Maria De Monte
2008

knowing something more about humans, then being surprised again.

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