Step-by-Step Guide: Become an Excellent Interaction Designer
In recent years, with the rise of the Internet industry, designer quickly became a popular profession. The thriving designer career trends attract more people to join in the industry; especially the excellent designers are hot needed. According to the different job descriptions, designers are divided into several categories, such as interaction designers, visual designers, user experience designers, web designers and so on. Today, our protagonist is the interaction designer.
The interaction design was put forward by the founder of IDEO, Bill Mogridi, in 1984. At the beginning, it’s called Softface, and then renamed "Interaction Design", that is what we called the interaction design today. An interaction designer is a profession that focuses on the interaction mechanism between product and the user. That means with the help of interaction designer, it will allow users to use the product simpler and easier, experience the product more intuitively, and ultimately feel the value of the product.
In the process of interaction design, designers will be responsible for creating compelling pages and UI by the consideration of logical operation and thoughtful action. A successful interaction designer is the one who good at using technology and good interaction rules to create an ideal user experience.
The Composition of Interaction Design
Bob Baxley divided the interaction design into 5 parts in his "Introducing of Interaction Design":
Human/machine communication - the transmission and translation of information between equipment and users.
Operation and feedback - this requires the designer to understand and anticipate how interactions unfold over time, designing for the wide range of permutations that can occur.
Status - the presence of a different state to ensure users understand what is happening, and why the application gets into this state.
Workflow - let the user understand who can do what, and what will happen next.
Failure - failure is bound to occur, it must be considered within.
Abilities of Interaction Designers Needed
Product (concept / function) design
From the point of the current trend, interaction designers should have composite skills, not only to produce prototypes/wireframes with Axure or Mockplus. The interaction designer is a character across design, development, creative and marketing teams. He will help with these teams to build design strategies, establish key interactions for products, create the concept for prototyping test, maintain technical updates, and ensure that products keep up with the latest trends.
How to Become a Good Designer
In this so intense competition environment,have you still keeping the attitude of “Let things drift if they do not affect one personally”? The time what you only care about your own world has passed. What the interaction designers should keep in mind has been more than the basic concept of the “design”. The excellent interaction designers are standing in the user’s position to analyze problems. They know how to bring the user role into the design that can create the excellent works. Here are 4 tips for your reference.
1.Write a blog. Communicate stories with design, express emotions with stories.
2.Communicate with the users.Understand the interaction and preferences of users.
3.Communicate with peers. The power of sharing is infinite.
4.Learn some coding knowledge.Jump out your limited thinking.
Goal: to Become a Knowledgeable and Specialized High-End Designer.
If you understand the concept of the designer and know better about prototyping tools than others, such as the popular Axure, Mockplus and etc, that will much helpful to be a good designer. Moreover, with a good combination of tools and theories, your promotion will be not far away, won’t you? It’s bound to be along way to become a professional designer, just be patient, and you will gain what you want.