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Apps and Skills - Interactive / Web Design 1Interactive / Web Design 1

Apps and Skills

Skills you need:

You need to be able to produce documents your team will be able to read, reproduce, and manipulate. Each studio may have a different set of applications they use and they will certainly have their own particular process, but honestly, there is a core set of skills you need to be a great interaction designer.

You need to be able to

  • Learn new domains (applications, virtual spaces, ways of thinking) quickly
  • Solve problems both analytically and creatively
  • Be able to visualize and simplify complex systems
  • Be able to express ideas in cogent and articulate way both verbally and in written form
  • Empathize with users, their needs, and their aspirations
  • Understand the strengths and limitations of both humans and technology
  • Know the trends, possibilities, and pitfalls of current and burgeoning interaction design practice
  • Share a passion for making the world a better place through ethical, purposeful, pragmatic, and elegant design solutions
  • Be able to perform in-depth usability research and then synthesize it into your design work
  • Be a true team player, not a diva, not a doormat

Technical skills:

  • Render design sketches in pencil in a way that is easily understood by teammates and clients
  • Render documents that illustrate your thinking about systems: sitemaps, wireframes, user flows, etc.
  • Render formal design compositions with a common and current design program
  • Manipulate and create digital images, both raster and vector
  • Work with typography and produce sets of styles that can be used to present content well on screen

Apps you need:

I have tried to use only free applications for some things.

For documentation, charts, mockups, I chose Google Drive and its suite of possible apps. 

  • We will use Google Drive Drawings for the card sorts, sitemaps, and wireframes as it is pretty simple.
  • We will use Moqups (an app you will need to add to your Google Drive account) in order to create our little clickable mockups later on.
  • Of course, you can use Google Presentations for any slide shows I ask you to create

Google Drive Introduction, Overview and Benefits 2014

Google Drive Tutorial 2014 – Quick Start

For rendering your design documents, you need to use any of the following:

  • Photoshop (currently the industry standard, but its hold is crumbling)
  • InDesign (I’ll talk to you about setting up files)
  • Illustrator (Not ideal in some ways, but great for vectors)
  • Sketch (cheap Photoshop competitor designed for interaction designers particularly)
  • GIMP (open source Photoshop competitor, very comprehensive)

Additional Tools:

Prototyping

 

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