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CHI-WEB  January 2005, Week 3

CHI-WEB January 2005, Week 3

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Re: DISCUSSION: Definition of Usability Areas/Backgrounds of UsabilityProfessionals

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DISCUSSION: Definition of Usability Areas/Backgrounds of Usability
ProfessionalsHi Karen

I don't have time to respond in detail now, though perhaps I'll find the
time later on.

I wish we had provided definitions of the roles. It would have made it
easier for respondents to avoid choosing Other. People don't always use the
same terminology.

For purposes other than a survey, people often like to avoid defining roles
and focus on tasks, because so many of us wear many different hats. I've
written descriptions of interaction design that are on the IxDG site at:

http://www.ixdg.org/
http://www.ixdg.org/about_ixdg/what_is_interaction_design.shtml

For information on some of the specialties you've asked about, you can check
out the content on my Web site under Services and Process. Many of those
terms are defined there. There are descriptions of user experience design,
interaction design, information architecture, visual interface design, etc.
at:

http://www.spiritsoftworks.com

This content will at least give you the perspective of the person who chose
most of the terminology in the survey.

Hope this helps.

BTW... I started out as a technical writer, but am now a UX Architect.

Pabini Gabriel-Petit

Karen Casemier wrote:
I've been reviewing the excellent salary survey supplied by Pabini
Gabriel-Petit and Tania Lang, and it has brought up a couple questions. As
someone relatively new to the usability profession, I don't understand the
difference between some of the different roles (job titles) discussed in the
report. This isn't specific to this report - I see these different titles
used, but there doesn't seem to be a clear definition of what each title
represents. For example, the difference between design and usability testing
is clear to me, but I don't see a clear difference between user experience
design and visual interface design. I have a general idea of what the
difference between UI design and interaction design might be, but I'm not
quite clear. In doing a search on these different titles, it seems the
definitions depend on the definer.

Anyone care to suggest definitions for the following roles?
user experience management
user interface engineering
user experience design
visual interface design
interaction design
information architecture

On a related note, I was wondering if some of you would share your
background: what type of education, formal training, OTJ training, etc.,
have you had? How did you get involved in this profession? I'm sure there
are many with specific degrees in HCI, but I'm sure there also many who have
come to this field from other areas.

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