Becoming an Interaction Designer

6 Apr 2010 - 1:15pm
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Terry Strong
2008

How does one become an Interaction Designer?

What type of degree do you need to have?

Is it possible to earn a Certifcate in Interaction Design?

What are the top 12 books that a person should read to begin to become an Interaction Designer?

What other suggestions do you have regarding training to become an Interaction Designer?

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6 Apr 2010 - 2:26pm
Dan Saffer
2003

I wrote an article on this back in 2006 that is (mostly) still relevant:

<http://www.adaptivepath.com/ideas/essays/archives/000656.php>

Note to self: probably time to update this article.

Good luck!

 

Dan

7 Apr 2010 - 1:11am
Terry Strong
2008

Dan,

 

Thanks for your help.  I printed out the article and I have your book along with about 13 others that I am reading.  I will definitely read that article you wrote and continue studying your book along with all the others.  I think I will at least get a decent background from studying all these books.  I will just need to get some practical experience to go along with the academic background.  That will be the real challenge.  Again, thanks for writing and offering your help.  I really appreciate it.

 

Terry



-----Original Message-----
From: Dan Saffer <dan@odannyboy.com>
To: tstrong4721@aol.com
Sent: Tue, Apr 6, 2010 12:37 pm
Subject: Re: [IxDA] Becoming an Interaction Designer

I wrote an article on this back in 2006 that is (mostly) still relevant: 
 
<http://www.adaptivepath.com/ideas/essays/archives/000656.php
 
Note to self: probably time to update this article. 
 
Good luck! 
 
  
 
Dan 
 

6 Apr 2010 - 2:28pm
iaaxpage
2010

Take a look at this prior post

I think I posted my answer there. Instead of here. My mistake ;) 

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 site: 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, 

Iaax Page

 

6 Apr 2010 - 2:33pm
iaaxpage
2010

I forgot to share with you the link to Jared Spool User Interface Engineering. He has a podcast that is Great to listen. You'll get lots of your questions answered there.

6 Apr 2010 - 9:09pm
Jenna Kellam
2010

Terry,

I'll take a shot at your questions as a current student of Interactive Design. I am taking a post-baccalaureate certificate program called Interactive Media Design through an online program at Towson University.

If you are serious about becoming an Interaction Designer, you should look for a degree program that matches your specific goal (human-computer interaction, new media, interactive design, etc.). I believe a certificate will suffice for a masters if you also have experience. Read the blogs of Interactive Designers and see what interests you.

There is an article in Cooper Journal, titled So You Want To Be An Interaction Designer, that may help you.

Other suggested reading:
Austin, Tristan and Richard Doust. New Media Design. London, England, Laurence King Publishing. 2007.
Barfield, Lon. Design for New Media: Interaction Design for Multimedia and the Web. Essex, England. Pearson Educational
Limited. 2004.
Moggridge, Bill. Designing Interactions. Cambridge, MA, MIT Press. 2007.

Good luck.

7 Apr 2010 - 1:00am
Terry Strong
2008

Jenna,

 

Thanks very much for your response.  Every little bit helps and your information certainly helped.  I appreciate your taking the time to write.  Thanks again!

 

Terry



-----Original Message-----
From: Jenna Kellam <JMKellam@gmail.com>
To: tstrong4721@aol.com
Sent: Tue, Apr 6, 2010 7:17 pm
Subject: Re: [IxDA] Becoming an Interaction Designer

Terry, 
 
I'll take a shot at your questions as a current student of Interactive Design. I am taking a post-baccalaureate certificate program called Interactive Media Design [1] through an online program at Towson University. 
 
If you are serious about becoming an Interaction Designer, you should look for a degree program that matches your specific goal (human-computer interaction, new media, interactive design, etc.). I believe a certificate will suffice for a masters if you also have experience. Read the blogs of Interactive Designers and see what interests you. 
 
There is an article in Cooper Journal, titled So You Want To Be An Interaction Designer [2], that may help you. 
 
Other suggested reading: 
Austin, Tristan and Richard Doust. New Media Design. London, England, Laurence King Publishing. 2007. 
Barfield, Lon. Design for New Media: Interaction Design for Multimedia and the Web. Essex, England. Pearson Educational 
Limited. 2004. 
Moggridge, Bill. Designing Interactions. Cambridge, MA, MIT Press. 2007. 
 
Good luck. 
 

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