Examples of well-done Interaction Design

IxDA Interaction Awards

2015 Finalists: http://awards.ixda.org/blog/2014/announcing-the-2015-interaction-awards-finalists/

Past years: http://awards.ixda.org/past-years/

Design for Experience Awards

2013 Winner: http://awards.designforexperience.com/gallery

Interactiondesign.se blog

http://www.interactiondesign.se/blog/

PSFK 

Design specific: http://www.psfk.com/category/ideas/design-architecture or

Broad topics (many IxD project mixed in): http://www.psfk.com/

Hover States (digital ix)

http://hoverstat.es/

The Shaplessness of Things to Come

If you are interested in Interaction Design or technology, you should watch this talk by Mark Rolston from Midwest UX 2014.

The state of the very world around us – objects, surfaces, even entire rooms – is about to become the interface. As designers, this means we are no longer confined to designing experiences around tiny boxes in our pockets and on our desks. Now, the world is our canvas. Computer interfaces are de-coupling from machines, and we must invent ways to project computing experiences into the world around us – onto ambient surfaces, and into our line of sight. Ever-smarter machines are evolving into components of diffuse ambient systems: a network of cloud services, sensors, social networks, cameras, and hundreds of other components coming together to replace the unitary machines we use today. We will be inside the computer. Mark investigates how this profound evolution in computing is affecting our relationship with the world, and uncovers emerging new design challenges and possibilities.


Resources for freelance web designers

Below, you can find several recommendations on resources, tools, or services you might need if you are going to do freelance web design work. 

Contracts

Basic contract for Design and Development (Docracy)

Collective legal guid for designers - with contract samples (Smashing Magazine)

10 Free Contract Templates for Web Designers (Mashable)

Calculating your hourly rate

http://blog.teamtreehouse.com/calculate-hourly-freelance-rates-web-design-development-work

Consider forming a business

LegalZoom

CMS Options

Wordpress (.org - not .com)

Squarespace

UI Frameworks

Bootstrap

Foundation

Skeleton

Semantic UI

Get a domain

Hover

Find a web host (server space)

Dreamhost

Hostgator

Resources

"Starting your career as a Freelance Web Designer" (book)

Smashing Magazine

Roll in money

Ca$hcats

IT support info

If you need IT support for your server space or your computer, here is the link. I use tech support all the time (with any tech/web product, not necessarily with IU) and find it extremely helpful.

https://kb.iu.edu/d/apgt