The interaction designer (or interactive media designer), is in charge of creating services, systems, experiences, or objects, which will be innovative thanks to new digital technologies. Connected objects, drones, social robots, or service design, all are part of a new generation of products on which the interactive media designer works.
He will therefore be in charge of interface design, but also of everything that concerns the user experience.
His role will be to define the way products, spaces, and people interact with each other. His goal is to make these interactions more useful, easier and more amazing.
The interaction designer places great importance on the user experience. He wants to understand the problem, and the potential use of an object according to the life situation, or problem, of a user. He must have a systematic reading mode and easily understand the complexity. Then, once the research has been done and the problem determined, he will develop several potential solutions. It is up to him to create a prototype that he will then improve as he gathers information from various tests.
Finally, when the project is mature, the production phase comes into play. Then the interactive media designer's proposal is put in place, in the previously defined context.
In this profession, teamwork is recurrent. Indeed, the interactive media designer is always in close collaboration with an interdisciplinary team (project manager, marketing, sociologist, engineer, users, etc.). In this context, his/her role is to ensure that the product design is in line with the objects of the user experience.
An interaction designer must possess several skills that are essential to the successful completion of his job, acquired during his training and reinforced by his professional experience. He must know how to master representation software (visual communication, video, 3D...) recognized in the digital world. He must also be knowledgeable in human and behavioral sciences (psychology, sociology, cognitive sciences, ergonomics). His sense of observation and reflection are well developed. As well as his curiosity, creativity, rigor, and reactivity.
Often working in a team, he must also have good communication and interpersonal skills. Then, drawing, applied arts, digital arts, and synthesizing are also required skills in order to present clear and quality projects.
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