Learning User Experience with Interaction Design Foundation – a review
It is great to learn that I figure in the list of top 1% of performers among those who enrol for the courses at the Interaction Design Foundation.
I have been in IT industry for decades and have contributed to the propagation and use of information technology in private as well as Government sectors in many countries. Also, I am a photographer, script writer, producer and a student of Ontology. My company that I founded in 2000, Nihilent Technologies Ltd. (www.nihilent.com ) focuses on Integrated Change Management, which comprises strategizing and executing change holistically.In this area, Nihilent has developed its own patents on Change Management (MC³TM) and Customer Loyalty Index (14 SignalsTM), which I authored nearly a decade ago.
With the proliferation of Internet, smart mobiles, tablets and touchscreens, consumers who have largely been on the receiving end almost forever have now acquired the power to voice and to make a choice. The advent of social media has only made it easier by providing them the required platform.
In such changing times, Nihilent Technologies, that advocates the central role of consumers / customers while devising the strategy for organisations began looking to re-orient its consulting teams in topics like Design Thinking, Visual Perception and Design, Usability, Dashboard Design among others. When I came across Interaction Design Foundation, I was very impressed with their material which is based on hundreds of research papers and PhD theses by distinguished people engaged in research worldwide.
I completed 8 Courses over a period of 8 months that covered a wide spectrum of what is relevant to my business.Initially, I took one or two UX Design courses to look at the style of teaching and tests, and soon got immersed into the experience of learning.
I also enrolled my company and nominated a number of associates from my organisation to get certified in user experience design. This has given them a good understanding of the emerging needs of our customers and prepared us to serve our customers with a newer approach and different set of services.
If I were to give 3 tips on how to remain focused while doing on-line learning, I would list these:
1. Be regular – devote an hour or so everyday
2. Drop your earlier knowledge, esp. baggages and prejudices and
develop intense curiosity by focusing on understanding the new
breed of consumers.
3. Please go back and forth to understand a topic.
I can confidently say that my experience with Interaction Design Foundation has been transformational in nature. I would recommend these courses to anyone involved in human or man-machine interaction projects.
For your reference, following are the courses from IDF that I successfully completed and got certified for: