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Role Call! What Design Practitioner Are You? August 11, 2006

Posted by pakman050 in Business, Design, Information Architecture, Usability, Websites.

The Advance for Design Summits have yielded presentations useful to pracititioners and educators in the experience design community of practice. These may be used to help develop approaches to the challenges and needs of experience design practitioners.
The following are examining the different roles that experience design practitioners play.


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1. Scott Weisbrod - August 15, 2006

Great collection of links here. What are your thoughts on all of this? I always find, in organizations, the need to balance specialists and generalists; wondering if any of these docs take this into consideration?

2. pakman050 - August 15, 2006

Thanks Scott!

Coming from the wonder world of the Web, I think that one does need to have a general sense of multiple roles and have a mastery over a couple.

For example, I recently spoke to the Director of User Experience from a high end Web agency and his team, which consists of Information Architects, Content Experts, and User Researchers, all have a general understanding of all three with a mastery of one. His Information Architects also have an innate understanding of Interaction Design.

In a world that is saturated with good talent (usually specific), I feel that it’s ever more so necessary to have multiple and interrelated areas of expertise and have the ability to bridge the gaps. This helps when tremendously when working with other team members, when talking to clients and stakeholders, and providing a good system for keeping your entire team current with the latest trends.

I position myself (after I make the disclaimer that I am not a jack of all trades, but a master of several) as an Information Architect, Interaction Designer, and Usability Specialist.

To answer your question, I feel that a good team is compromised of individuals who are specialists and generalists, but not all specializing and generalizing in the same thing.


3. Keith Instone - October 28, 2006

As one of the co-authors of one of those presentations, I feel oblilgated to mention that all of that work was done over 5 years ago. I did not see a date on the AIGA page, so that may not be clear to people. It was the summer of 2001 – I could not make it to the conference because my son was just born a few week prior. July 12-14, 2001 if you want to be exact.

I think the work is still relevant – but you should read it knowing when it was produced.

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