Tim McCoy, Senior Director of Design at Pivotal Software, Inc., declared in his article Is Interaction Design a dead-end job?
that the discreet profession of Interaction Designer is being replaced with interaction design as expertise (or skillset) that's widely applied across many disciplines. In An Interview With UX Expert Tim McCoy On Career Advice
by Roger Huang, McCoy explains:
I like the direction the field is going in terms of being an inclusive discipline. The field isn’t just for design specialists — it’s for everyone involved in the creation of a product.
UX isn’t about creating experts who are the luminaries in their fields. It’s cross-disciplinary. People can jump in from a variety of backgrounds, and these varied perspectives are essential for yielding great results.
With so many ID courses available from its online catalog, Coursera, along with other online learning platforms, is definitely facilitating ID’s growing inclusiveness.
In my instructional design work, I’ve found ID essential to designing quality learning software and meaningful learning experiences. I've learned methods that help me keep the end user in mind throughout each design phase. I am not sure I completely agree with McCoy’s suggestion that the professional Interaction Design specialist will go extinct however, especially in the areas of industrial design and HCI that use specialized methods of prototyping and measurement. In the instructional design field, human-centered design and universal design have become strong influences, so instructional designers going forward, do I think need to at least be aware of Interaction Design principles.
In what field(s) do you use Interaction Design or would like to? How will you use the ID skills and principles you are learning? What role do you see ID playing in the future of your profession?