Getting a start in IxD from a technical background
14 Jul 2009 - 8:16am
5 years ago
I was in your situation about seven years ago, having built several
web sites from both angles, but more toward the development side.
You may have heard this before, but moving into a new career field
often requires taking a step downward, then working your way back up
again. I took a pretty junior design position with a big company
(whose forte was not software engineering), and worked my way from
there to director of usability over four years. I learned a TON
along the way, and finally scraped together enough of a portfolio to
land my next job - interaction designer and CTO for a startup.
Of course, I'm still the oddball designer and my jobs tend to blend
design, development and management. I'd rather be designing, but
I'll make do with enough design to keep me happy, at least.
Keep looking, and you'll find someone who needs your particular
skills enough to help you get started down the path toward