At about age 13 we all took something called a “Vocational Aptitude Test” that was kind of a career compatibility indicator. My 3 top vocations were:
- “Interior Decorator”
I was appalled. Bear in mind, I was living at this time on a US Marine Corps Recruit Training Base in pre-integration South Carolina – My profile wasn’t really “a fit”.
But over time I’ve realized that …. those 3 roles are EXACTLY what I’m doing now:
- Information Architecture “Conan, the Librarian”
- Design & Usability “It’s how you live”
- Advocacy at the Cutting Edge “See the future, speak the truth”
In high school I used to win the Science Fair with regularity. I soon realized that I won the awards – not because I was a brilliant scientist – but rather because I could “Give Good Presentation”.
I could explain complex stuff and make it interesting.
My AHA Moment: I wanna do this sort of stuff as a regular job description.
And so it came to pass… eventually.
Entered college in ’67 … Made the transition from preppie-to-hippie, from ROTC-to-radical.
Those were INteresting times. … Sex, drugs, rock’n’roll… Went through bout 6 different majors (feel like I minored in Eclectic) – Eventually settled on History, which is essentially Context (squared) …
That’s also when the first “affordable”, black&white, grainy, funky, hand-held video-cameras appeared on the scene – and this new thing called cable TV appeared.
Seems that there could actually be a whole lot of channels. And some of the communication could be … interactive.
It was a whole New Synthesis
My final year in college was self-directed studies in light and color, video & dance (after all, Interaction Design is Choreography, no?) – plus a healthy shot of community activism.
The rest is – as they say – History
Guess I’ve provided more deep background than recent career history in explaining why I’m here (which is as it should be). Like most fuzzy generalists, I evolved into my future, driven by inherent, implacable desires inexorably towards …. uh ….whatever it is that I’m doing now.
I acknowledge and honor the contributions that schooling and job experience have made towards my career development, but I believe that my path (whether conscious or otherwise) was determined early on.
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