“Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It's not about money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it.” - Steve Jobs

So you say you don’t know where to start in Interaction Design …

A week or so ago, I explained to people why I’m so excited about the 2nd annual IxDA conference, Interaction 09 | Vancouver. In that post, I said that my workshop (not my talk), Introduction to Interaction Design might be cancelled due to lack of registration/interest.

I got one or two private messages and one public one from people who registered hoping that it would happen and it occurred to me that maybe I’m not doing as much as I can to promote the workshop. I mean, I would be getting paid to do the workshop, so you would think I would have some self interest to promote it, right?

So here is my go …

The workshop was actually inspired by Donna Spencer and the amazing workshop she’s been doing annually at the IA Summit. She does an introduction to Information Architecture workshop. I thought that like the IA Summit, Interaction is not just a conference for the senior folks, but also for junior folks and for crossovers. People who realize that interaction design is part of what they do, but they don’t know enough to really know where to begin and how to proceed in their own learning. This workshop is for that reason.

The workshop will start with basic interaction design theories, and run through a survey of practice methods that build on those theories. Unlike other “intro” classes, this class is 1st and foremost a design class which builds into it interaction theories and user experience practices.

Since I’ll be now teaching this as a full semester course for the Savannah College of Art & Design in my new position of Professor of Interaction Design, I’ve been putting a lot of thinking into what is required to not just be a good interaction designer, but more importantly what any practitioner needs to become a future self-learning practitioner in the wild. This course will set a student on the path of their own self-education path based on a solid learning (what we can do in a 1/2 day) foundation of interaction design.

Well, I hope you are inspired and that you register for the workshop before it gets cancelled. Regardless of whether or not you can come to th workshop you should definitely come to the conference. It will be a winner. Register today!

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