Design, HCId

I will be a Master of Science #HCId

Well, let’s take a deeper look and understand design a little better. There are some computers, some humans and a whole lot of interaction between the two. Let’s wrap that up into a masters program and offer Nina a MS in the School of Informatics at IU.

Some doors have closed and others opened and I’m grateful that I found myself back in Bloomington, Indiana. Since I’m here, I chatted with the directors of the program and it seems to be everything I want from higher education. It’s a half lab (practicum), half academic design program with elective wiggle room to tailor fit this degree. I’ve been really impressed with both the faculty and wide range of students who are in the program right now. Diverse backgrounds.

There was a decisive moment when I met with Professor Marty Siegel. He shared that many of his courses begin with music, what I understood to be an academic meditiation. For example, there is one Bela Fleck song he played that has multiple variations in the piece. In there is a lesson to approach a (design) challenges in multiple ways. There’s also an emphasis in the program on doing something for the greater good with the degree. I don’t plan to graduate and work on website interfaces for the rest of my life. I couldn’t say say what I plan be doing; I hope it doesn’t exist yet.
I’ll continue working at the Journalism School as a graphic designer and pouring wine tastings at Oliver Winery till fall when I begin classes.

Nina Mehta is a writer and product design leader in Brooklyn, New York. She began her design career in journalism and has been writing online for 20+ years. Nina is from outside Chicago has since lived and worked in San Francisco, Berlin, London, and Tokyo. Learn about her work at ninamehta.com.

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