By Caitlin MacLeod
Full disclosure: I still am not really sure what “Knowledge Media Design” means. I do know that when I was applying to the MI, barely even sure what a “Masters of Information” even meant, KMD sounded very, very computer-y and so wasn’t even on my radar as a possibility.
But my research interests have developed since I started this degree a year ago, and from time to time I find myself thinking about how useful UXD/KMD would be. Whereas I came into this program so focused on policy that I almost went to law school, I have settled into a passion for understanding how the affordances of communication platforms shape the relationships and identity constructions that they support. UXD still seems awfully computer-y, but now that seems like something I could use.
My understanding is that UXD is something like HCI (human-computer interaction) plus tech skills (and if any of my friends and colleagues in UXD/KMD care to differ or elaborate, please do!). I have ended up doing far more reading in HCI than I ever would have predicted over a year ago – I have a feeling my research is going to end up being somewhere along the lines of “political economy of human-computer interaction” – and having not only the credential but the practical know-how to back it up would probably be very useful.
I am in my second year of CIPS and C&T, which seem to be the most theoretical, least practical concentrations. I don’t regret doing either one – and there’s no turning back now either way!