Re: [IxDA] Do you actually possess "design" skills

15 Jul 2010 - 8:17pm
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Moses Wolfenstein

Just to mix it up even further, in the games industry game designer is a catch all title that can refer to a programmer, writer, artist, or whatever other path an individual took to having that level of control in the design process.

This doesn't mean that all of these sorts of designers have the capacity to engineer good interface (obviously they don't), but it does mean that they're competent enough to be considered by their supervisors or colleagues to handle the task of designing a meaningful interactive experience.

I will say in response to Richard's original post that if someone is involved in user experience or interaction design and they don't have some basic capacity to display their ideas graphically, I have absolutely no idea how they would design or convey their designs to other people. That said with the tools we have available in this day and age it strikes me as ludicrous to expect every interaction designer to be able to pick up a pencil and sketch a respectable still life.

Just stirring the pot,

Moses Wolfenstein
Doctoral Candidate
University of Wisconsin, Madison

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