Or, How DID u get into interaction design?
For many programmers HCI is a relevant career move. My background is in
graphic design. I¹ve worked print graphics and corporate communication
design. I believe there are relevant comparisons between this and HCI. I¹m
self-taught in HCI principals and have applied these to an assortment of
I started with print layout and in the corporate setting. So, I was doing
brochures, trade show signage, logos or posters. Occasionally the internal
client would have a special project- something that was outside of the
predefined style guides. Like a package that didn't have to be tied to a
precedent project, there may be other components, too. All used graphic
conventions and use needs that had to satisfy branding constraints, clients
needs. Collecting requirements, envisioning the end user, satisfying
existing constraints were all design factors I knew well by the time web
graphics were being handled within my little area of the company. There were
some unique problems where we borrowed steps from software design, but I
knew these only as design-tricks to impress my art director and keep
attention in meetings on me. <ehehe>
I'm coming to HCI by way of graphics to print to web to user interface. Most
of my HCI portfolio is unique projects with graphic needs. I didn't really
learn about HCI until I started to use Flash and the possibilities
necessitated a deeper understanding of navigation. It was Flash that
introduced me to making bad software look good. I've been hooked ever since.
I've made myself into a UI designer from these special projects. For me,
breaking into HCI means I have to position myself carefully. It's a
challenge to find business environments that I fit into. For me, grad school
has been suggested as the only way I can continue to evolve as a UI
designer. Financially this is impossible, so I join groups like this list,
keeping up with the ideas and language of UI design.
Any other peeps on the list have a similar background?
Christian Simon | www.christiansimon.com | San Francisco Bay Area