Did you know that we use Interaction Design (IxD) every time we look at our mobile phones? Yes, Interaction Designers are ‘Design Thinkers’ who create quality experiences across all websites and mobile applications for consumers/users.
George Paravantes, UXD Professor and IxD Design Research Lead at Humber College, crisply notes,
“ IxD is a process of humanizing technology.”
What is Interaction Design? Jon Kulko, Designer, Head of Studio at Modernist Studio, defines Interaction Design as,
“The creation of a dialogue between a person and a product, system, or service. It is both physical and emotional in nature and is manifested in the interplay between form, function, and technology as experienced over time.”
The author of Design Thinking Comes of Age, also adds that design thinking is fundamental to any business success as it humanizes technology for building emotionally reverberating products and services.
According to Dara Boland, Enterprise Account Director at HubSpot, the surge in UX hiring is fuelled by the fact it has a tremendous impact on the bottom line – a realization by many industries. He further adds that UX roles are helming the gender balance a lot better than STEM and ICT.
According to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA),
“Interaction Design is the structure and behavior of interactive systems. As a role, Interaction Designers strive to create meaningful relationships between people and the products and services that they use, from computers to mobile devices to appliances and beyond. IxD practices are evolving with the world.”
Maggie Hendrie, Professor, and Chair at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, Calif., calls them T-shaped Interactive Designers as their skills are broad in many areas but with deep specialization in certain areas.
Gillian Crampton Smith, Honorary Professor at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, and Kevin Silver, VP of Experience Design at Mad*Pow say an Interaction Designer uses 5 dimensions to interact with the system:
2D: Visual representations
3D: Physical hardware
Interaction design is a salient feature of interactive websites and apps. Udacity describes Interaction Design as one of the hottest career choices in the United States.
Many experts believe that the key to becoming an expert in Interaction Design is to evolve one’s own mode of design thinking. This way, one can secure their place in the design context.
The U.S.Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the growth of the Interaction Designer job market at 13% between 2020 and 2030.
As per Glassdoor estimates, the national average for an Interaction Designer salary in the USA is $1,22,552 per year.
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