Results from CHIFOO Institute of Design Interest Survey
The CHIFOO Institute of Design Research Committee was intended to gauge the interest in the local CHI/UX community’s interest in a formal continuing education program, potentially sponsored through the CHIFOO organization.
The response was very good and seems to indicate a strong interest in the development of a good resource for professional UX training.
Conclusions presented in this survey:
The nature of this survey was exploratory, and the results indicate that it is worthwhile to pursue additional feasibility analysis into the possibility of designing a CHI/UX continuing education program in the Portland area. The initial survey indicates:
- There are practitioners clustered in the “experienced” (10+ years’ experience) and “newbie” (0-4 years’ experience) categories. The ideal educational program will accommodate both advanced and entry-level professionals.
- Professionals tend to wear dual hats as project contributors and project leaders, indicating the need for both technical and leadership skills.
Key business challenges include:
- Communication and teamwork (including getting stakeholders to understand CHI / UX, leadership and facilitation, “pitching” ideas)
- Formal grounding in best practices (being able to defend decisions with facts)
- Training on specific technical aspects (nuances of interface design, mobile, analytics, etc.)
Respondents feel increasingly challenged by time and resource constraints, especially specific to training. The ideal program would be both cost-effective and convenient.