The intersection of computers and human behavior is critical in developing many products and systems common to 21st-century life. Interactive designers and User Experience (UX) professionals work to improve the complex issues related to that intersection.
Interactive designers work to solve design problems in multimedia, cell phone apps, video, website, user interfaces, gaming, and education. IxD and UX are becoming increasingly important in almost everything, so opportunities reach well beyond these. Using different design processes, designers apply creativity, ideation, principles of good communication, and technology skills to conceptualize, build, prototype, and develop applications for a myriad of needs that include motion graphics, UI and UX design and digital storytelling.
Interactive Design students learn and use design practice and design thinking — such as human-centered design (HCD) and prototyping — to positively affect user experience and understand the user journey, behavior, and interactions.
At WPU, students will study web and graphic design, building skillsets in technology, multiple programming languages, product design, user experience, and human behavior.
FacultyAssistant Professor of Simulation and Game Design; Program Director of Simulation and Game DesignDepartment Chair of Art, Communication, and SGD; Associate Professor of Art, Communication, and SGDAssistant Professor of Interactive DesignAssistant Professor of Communication and Interactive Design
Demand for Interactive Designers is growing, driven by the continued popularity of mobile devices, interactive systems and gaming, and ecommerce. Interactive Design majors work in a variety of companies with titles such as:
- User Experience Designer (UX)
- User Interface Designer (UI)
- Graphic Designer
- Web Developer
- Digital Interface Designer
- Interactive Designer
- Interaction Designer