I love my job. I’ve had the opportunity to design software for explosive ordnance disposal, oil platform and refinery operations, submarine and aircraft carrier maintenance, automobile service, maritime intercept operations, and industrial power system analysis. One of the greatest benefits of being a designer is that every time I start a project with a new customer, I’m learning a new domain. I’m exploring unique problems in fields that I heretofore had little knowledge of, observing people performing interesting tasks, and puzzling over pain points and potential improvements.
Today, I started learning about crime scene investigation. I have a 300 page field guide that I’m digesting while familiarizing myself with a new vocabulary, new tools, new procedures, and new (to me) problems. It’s fantastically interesting, and I can’t wait to begin discussions with the subject matter experts that I’ll be working with.
But, Sunday, I’m flying back up to Groton to train another sub crew, so posts next week will be few, if there are any. They say variety is the spice of life. Interaction Design, then, must be an herb garden. I love my job.