Baltimore
Menu
Gradient overlay

Top Ten Things We Learned from Design Week’s INTERACT Panel Discussion

Written by
Kate Lawless
Published
November 12, 2013
Categories

On Monday, October 21, Khoi Vinh, former design director of The New York Times, joined AIGA Baltimore for a Design Week panel discussion on interactive design at the 2640 Space. Khoi and fellow panelists April Osmanof from Baltimore’s FastSpot, Andy Mangold from Baltimore’s Friends of the Web, and James Pannafino from Millersville University discussed what it was like to be an interactive designer in the 21st century. We laughed, we learned, and we gained new insights on working in the interactive field.

Here are a few things attendees learned from the discussion:

1. Every medium starts out with an initial purpose that evolves over time. The web started out as a library of documents and its purpose has evolved into a method of sharing content and creating conversation.

2. Baltimore has up-and-coming art and tech scenes (that often collide). People are moving to Baltimore because it’s a “cheap” place to start from the ground up. April Osmanof says Baltimore “has an art heartbeat at its core,” which fuels creativity on many different levels and industries.

3. Designers are learning to code HTML, CSS, and sometimes even Javascript because helps the team to complete projects on tight deadlines. Of course, it’s also helpful for designers and developers to speak (or at least understand) the same languages.

4. Pairing designers with developers is great for project communication and cross-training. Plus, it often results in better products.

5. Very few team-based creatives work from home. When everyone works together in the same place and at the same time we produce better work; we can get work done faster with fewer communication roadblocks.

6. If you’re just starting out in interactive design, work on a personal project to get some portfolio material. Remember that every artist was at first an amateur with developing skills.

7. There’s always something new to learn working in web production. On trying to keep up on new technologies, even James Pannafino struggles: “I freak out everyday.” So, know that you’re not alone.

8. As interactive designers, we have to get and stay comfortable with the ultimate unknown web. What’s next? Who knows.

9. Most clients know what responsive design is and why it’s important (finally!). If you still need to make the transition to coding responsively, ask yourself: “does this column or object need to have a fixed width or can it be flexible?”

10. Quick prototypes (like QuickTime movies with screen captures) are a great way to engage your client and convey interactivity from the get-go.

Join AIGA promotional image
News image
Written at a quick pace not usually found in vocational guides, Illustration That Works by Baltimore illustrator Greg Houston is certainly informative and it’s also entertaining as hell
August 29, 2016
News image
Inspiration can be found everywhere in Baltimore, whether out in the open or lurking around the corner, but it can be easy to miss if you’re not looking.
August 26, 2016
News image
South Carolina native Nikki Villagomez chose her college major within the first five minutes of talking to her college advisor. She’d then go on to earn her BFA in graphic design, starting a life-long passion for words and images. Read about how Nikki stays inspired in her 9-5, what motivates her to keep going, and what she does early every morning before work to stay balanced.
August 15, 2016
Event image
If you have an iPhone, Android Device, or iPad, did you know you’re holding a powerful creative tool right in the palm of your hand? With apps that let you draw, paint, and create layouts with the touch of a finger, the creative process doesn’t have to end simply with uploading a photo to Instagram. You can do so much more!
Baltimore · Saturday, October 1, 2016
Event image
Join us for a captivating presentation by curator and writer Ellen Lupton, pinpointing how sensation affects the way in which we perceive and interpret experiences, and our behavioral responses to them.
Baltimore · Monday, October 17, 2016
Event image
Get a behind-the-scenes look at how Under Armour’s Team Sports in-house creative team thinks, develops, and executes projects that are helping shape a growing multi-billion dollar company.
Baltimore · Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Comments
AIGA encourages thoughtful, responsible discourse. Please add comments judiciously, and refrain from maligning any individual, institution or body of work. Read our policy on commenting.

Comments are closed.

LOADING...
Your browser is too old to view this site.

Do yourself a favor and upgrade it to the latest version.