I aim to shape products, interfaces and services that mediate meaningful dialogues between people, systems and their environments within everyday life.
Last night I gave a talk on a UX education panel hosted by IxDA Toronto. I was joined by 3 other panelists: a college new media instructor, a senior creative director of a large design agency, and an interaction designer/educator at a local design studio. It was really interesting to discuss the diverse paths people followed to end up in the UX field. Formal education backgrounds ranged from computer science and information/library science to fine art and design, while others were self-taught and learned on the job.
User experience or interaction design is such a multi-faceted discipline that you need to build a foundation of skills ranging from the creative to the technical and analytical. There is no “one size fits all” educational path.