I could not agree with you more re do what you want, do what you are good at plus learn to market yourself. No one else can or will do it with the same passion. My dad, long ago worked in Public Relations. He hopped from job to job in an era when that was not so cool. It was always, "Russ, you are too Madison Avenue." or "Russ, you are too Broadway." Rubbish. The guy was ultra creative and just did his own thing, brilliantly.
elianna james 'I break websites' email@example.com 303-494-2285
--- On Wed, 9/29/10, mdostert
From: mdostert <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Re: [IxDA] Master of Arts OR Master of Science To: email@example.com Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 6:54 PM
I see the issue of ma vs ms as being larger than this...the question is computer science ms versus MFA. I have been looking for work in interaction design and I would say I am in between. Techy people say I am not techy enough and design people say I am too techy. I even had one tell me that becasue I do not have enough of an art background, that I cannot creative problem solve!!! (And I excel in creative probelm solving!!). I have an MSIS in interaction design. I am finding that people want a computer sciecne degree or ms in computer science---they are looking for heavy
with animation, 2D, 3D, and so on. On the other hand I have people tell me they are looking for an MFA with agency work experience. I am also finding that while I don't have a lot of samples of web design work in my portfolio, the ones I do have, employers are not interested in having to read or understand the rational for the decisions you have made resulting in your design and are not interested in the process, just the end result, and not a focus on the content even. I have also found that if you do not have every tool an employer is interested in, they cannot seem to extrapolate that if you know application x, you can probably learn y.
I vote do what you want and what you are interested in and what you enjoy because the employers and recruiters out there today are nuts! :)