Is it really necessary to master TYPE to be an IxD?
21 Jul 2010 - 9:53am
4 years ago
For those of who who haven't noticed, or have actively ignored it, there's been yet another debate about skills and what we call ourselves and blah blah blah. One of the popular positions in this argument has been the importance of various visual design skills in interaction design, such as line, color, grid system...etc. I have no objection to those.
But quite a few people have cited typography as a core skill for interaction design. While I wholly agree that typography is a vital element of VISUAL design, I'm not sold on how my wireframes, affinity diagrams, and interactive prototypes are made better by masterful font selection.
Maybe I'm misunderstanding what people mean, and they'r really setting the bar at font size, scale, indenting and alignment, and aligning a font to a content type consistently. If so, I'm on board, but I question whether this really characterizes a mastery of typography.
But if someone really believes that selecting a specific font, setting the leading and kerning, and whatever else there is to typography is really a core skill, I'm going to need some convincing.