What are the skills of an Interaction Designer

6 Jul 2009 - 11:56pm
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Himanshu Agrawal
2009

Hello everybody,
Since I am a new design student, I wonder what are the skills that an
Interaction designer requires to be able to make mark in the outside world.
As in what are the things that he must know ? Specific softwares, Desigbn
approaches, books etc.
Can someone guide ?
Thanks for your prrecious time.

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Himanshu

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7 Jul 2009 - 1:11am
Elizabeth Bacon
2003

Hi Himanshu,

Just wondering...did you search the discussion archives before
posting?

Cheers,
Liz

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7 Jul 2009 - 6:19am
jasonrobb
2009

Himanshu,

You've come to the right place!

I highly suggest starting with Whitney Hess's recent article on the
subject:

http://whitneyhess.com/blog/2009/06/so-you-wanna-be-a-user-experience-designer-step-1-resources/

Also, find a mentor in your area, they're worth their weight in
gold. Check this site for their mentorship page.

Feel free to email me, or anyone else in the industry for advice.
We're all pretty friendly!

Cheers,

Jason R.

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Jason Robb
Experience Designer & Implementor

http://jasonrobb.com
http://uxboston.com
http://uiscraps.tumblr.com

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7 Jul 2009 - 6:57pm
Allison McKeever
2009

I would say that you have to be a good listener. Since you will be
designing for an audience it will be important to listen to that
audience's needs.

A good quote I found at a museum in San Francisco reads "I would
never ask someone what they wanted me to design for them; I would ask
them what their needs are." --Kahn.

Good luck with your studies.

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6 Apr 2010 - 1:22pm
iaaxpage
2010

Jason Robb has a great point when he suggests to read the Whitney Hess' blog. You will find it very useful. Also there are lots of great resources about UX in this link.

http://uxurls.com

Regarding education you should look for masters on HCI (Human Computer Interaction)

A book you should totally read is that from Jesse James Garret: The Elements of User Experience

Regards, 

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