1. Mind maps are actually useful

Usually I don’t draft a post and just write as I feel fit for the moment. For this post however, the amount of research was so vast that I had to make a mind map of quotes and different designers which I’ve edited down to create the final blog post.

 

2. Organize the topic

Since the subject we were given was very broad, I’ve decided to focus on the areas that interested me the most and corresponded to my mental image of what an interaction designer does. I think it is important to set the priorities and subtract relevant information before starting to write.

 

3. Choose a writing style

Although this blogpost felt closer to an academic essay than the previous ones I have decided to keep my semi-formal style. I want the reader to see myself as a serious enough writer in order to take my opinions into consideration, but at the same time I didn’t want to distance him in order to maybe start a debate on the topic.

 

4. Keep your eyes and ears open

When I’ve started research on the topic I inevitably consulted the all-knowing oracle Google. Soon enough, I realized I wasn’t asking it the right questions and the answers it gave me back seemed irrelevant. I’ve then decided to turn to Facebook or Twitter to see what people were discussing on the topic and that created a domino effect leading me from one blog to another.

 

5. Squeeze in “browsing time”

There is a general belief that the Internet suddenly gets twice as interesting when you’ve got actual work to do. I admit, it’s very easy to procrastinate, but why not procrastinate with a purpose? I did not browse 24/7, but while taking breaks from my other assessments I’ve tried to look up interesting designers and try to figure out what I want my final blogpost to look like and create my own definition about interaction design.

 

 

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