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Information Design

Ahmed Riaz

Senior Designer at frog design, Austin TX USA

Ahmed is an interaction and industrial designer with a background in design research, expertise in visual thinking, and a passion for making objects that dissolve into behavior. His past design experiences include time spent as a design researcher for Gulfstream Aerospace, honing his skills as a professional napkin sketcher for the visual thinking company XPLANE, and reinventing ecommerce for the Internet pioneer eBay. He is currently studying for an MBA in Design Strategy at California College of the Arts. MoreMore

Anirban Basu Mallik

Senior Consultant at Capgemini, Pune India

At Capgemini, Anirban is specializing in user interface design and information visualization for banking and financial services clients. Previously, as Senior Graphic Visualizer and User Experience Designer at Content and Design Services, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Anirban worked on projects spanning UX strategy, visual design, branding, creative writing, graphic design, user research, information architecture, interaction design, and design documentation. Prior to joining Cognizant, Anirban was Creative Head of Corporate Communications, at the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC). Anirban holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and is a Human Factors International Certified Usability Analyst (CUA). He is also a member of IxDA and HCI India. MoreMore

Carol Barnum

Director of User Research and Founding Partner of UX Firm, Atlanta, GA USA

For two decades, Carol has been helping clients understand their users’ experience. Until June 2013, Carol was Director of the Usability Center at Southern Polytechnic State University and Director of Graduate Programs in Information Design and Communication. Carol continues her passion for all things user experience through her partnership with Jimmy Ginn in UX Firm, LLC. An award-winning author and speaker, Carol has published six books, including her latest, Usability Testing Essentials: Ready, Set … Test! Carol’s awards and recognition include STC Fellow, Rainey Award for Excellence in Research, Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching Technical Communication, and most recently, IEEE Professional Communication Society named her the 2013 recipient of the Ronald S. Blicq award for Distinction in Technical Communication Education. MoreMore

Caroline Jarrett

Usability Consultant at Effortmark Ltd, Leighton Buzzard UK

Caroline became interested in forms when delivering OCR (Optical Character Recognition) systems to the UK Inland Revenue. The systems didn’t work very well, and it turned out that problems arose because people made mistakes when filling in forms. Since then, she’s developed a fascination with the challenge of making forms easy to fill in—a fascination that shows no signs of wearing off over 15 years later. These days, forms are usually part of information-rich Web sites, so Caroline now spends much of her time helping clients with content strategy on huge Web sites. Caroline is coauthor, with Gerry Gaffney, of Forms that Work: Designing Web Forms for Usability, the companion volume to Ginny Redish’s hugely popular book Letting Go of the Words: Writing Web Content That Works. MoreMore

Chris Anthony

UX Manager and Creative Director at Citrix Software, Miami/Fort Lauderdale FL USA

Since joining Citrix, Chris has pioneered a Creative UX department, as lead Creative, and helped transform the multitude of products from a half billion to a multi-billion dollar annual revenue. He works with more than 75 development teams, educating them in best practices and building standards. To help speed global visual recognition of very technical concepts, Chris created an iconic language. He is currently writing a book about iconic languages to share with the UX community. The breadth of his experience includes design agencies, magazine and document design, technical illustrations for the Navy Nuclear DOD, CMS and dynamic Web systems, print press, and software architecture. Some of Chris’s most visible projects include NBA.com, Xerox.com, GMC and Pontiac.com, LLbean.com, Bausch&Lomb.com, and the first Amazon.com site, while at Digitas, in Boston/NYC. Chris has won more than 40 industry design awards, including multiple Gold and Silver Webbys. MoreMore

Colleen Jones

Founder and Principal at Content Science
Atlanta GA USA

An enthusiastic pioneer of content strategy and user experience, Colleen has led and supported strategic initiatives for large global brands such as Philips, InterContinental Hotels Group, and The Home Depot. She has a wealth of content strategy experience, having held key leadership positions at threebrick, which she co-founded; Spunlogic, now Engauge Digital; the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC); and Cingular Wireless, now AT&T. Colleen holds a B.A. in English and Technical Writing and an M.A. in Technical Communication from James Madison University. A participant in the landmark Content Strategy Consortium at IA Summit 2009, Colleen is very active in the Atlanta UX and content strategy communities, as well as a notable author on content strategy and user experience. She is the author of the forthcoming book Clout: The Art and Science of Influential Web Content. MoreMore

Delia Rusu

Information Developer at IBM Canada, Toronto Ontario Canada
Social Media Specialist and Blogger at EosGrafx

Delia has over 15 years of experience in technical writing, information architecture, usability, and user assistance. At IBM Canada, she creates documentation for a variety of platforms and users. She also designs and develops user assistance, user interface text, error messages, and context-sensitive Help. Her interests include creative writing, blogging, social media, Web design, and usability. Delia holds a degree in Computer Science. She has served as a volunteer judge for the Society for Technical Communication competition. MoreMore

Dirk Knemeyer

Founder and CEO of Involution Studios LLC, Boston MA USA

Since 2004, Dirk has led Involution Studios, a software design consultancy whose clients include Apple, Microsoft, Oracle, McAfee, and Yahoo! Dirk’s leadership contributions to the business and design community are prolific. He has authored more than 100 articles, delivered more than 50 speeches and presentation around the world, and participated on 10 Boards of Directors for corporations and non-profit organizations, including the International Institute for Information Design (IIID), American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Center for Brand Experience, and User Experience Network (UXnet). Prior to founding Involution, Dirk was Chief Design Officer at Thread Inc. His diverse professional background also includes time as a management consultant, specializing in change management; an advertising executive, leading brand strategy and marketing for international corporations; and a design director. His work has won myriad awards for creative excellence, crossing various media, including the Web, television, print, and multimedia. Dirk earned a Master of Arts from the prestigious Popular Culture program at Bowling Green. MoreMore

Eric Reiss

Chairman and CEO, The FatDUX Group, Copenhagen Denmark

Eric’s company, the Copenhagen-based FatDUX Group ApS, designs online and offline interactive experiences and has offices and associates in over a dozen countries worldwide. The author of Practical Information Architecture, Web Dogma '06, and Usable Usability, Eric has also contributed to several other books and publications, including Designing Web Navigation and Pervasive Information Architecture, and has added his commentary to the online Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction. Eric was President of the Information Architecture Institute for two terms and is the current Chair of the European Information Architecture Summit. He is active on the information architecture, usability, user experience, and service design scenes. MoreMore

Graham Rhind

Owner of GRC Database Information, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

An acknowledged expert in the field of data quality, Graham runs his own consultancy, GRC Database Information, where he researches postal code and addressing systems, collates international data, writes data-management software, and since 1995, has run the busy postal code and address Web site GRC Data Intelligence. Graham is the author of four books about international data management and speaks regularly on this topic. MoreMore

Jeff Larson

As an Interaction Designer at Plantronics, Jeff participates in all phases of the user interface development process—from ideation and opportunity identification to the design and implementation of both hardware and software. He excels in communicating concepts to stakeholders and has a fervent desire to expand and refine his UX skillset. To continue his professional growth, Jeff will be pursuing a master’s degree in UX design. MoreMore

Jessica Enders

Principal at Formulate Information Design, Melbourne Victoria Australia

Jessica is one of those rare folks who have a passion for forms. She realized the extent of this passion after spending 10 years as a statistician, survey methodologist, and market researcher. Since then, she has added interaction design and user experience to her skill set. In 2007, Jessica established her own business, Formulate Information Design, which focuses solely on form design—for both paper and digital forms. Through Formulate, she provides form design, research, and training services to government agencies, not-for-profit organizations, and large and small companies, both in Australia and the United States. Jessica regularly writes articles about good form design on her Web site. MoreMore

Jonathan Follett

Founding Partner and Creative Director at Hot Knife Design

Principal at Involution Studios, Boston MA USA

At Hot Knife, Jon designs Web sites and applications for a variety of private- and public-sector clients, approaching each project with a strong focus on the use of language and clear communication of the client’s message. He has a passion for typography, its history, and its proper use in design. While Jon’s first design job was for Saul Bellow’s literary magazine, “News from the Republic of Letters,” he has also worked for various Web and multimedia firms in Boston. He was, most recently, lead designer for the Massachusetts Pension Plans Regulatory Agency. Jon co-authored two humorous non-fiction books, “Gray Highway: An American UFO Journey” and “Suburbageddon.” In another life, he plays jazz piano. Jon is a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), the Interaction Design Association (IxDA), and the Usability Professionals Association (UPA), Boston Chapter. MoreMore

Katharina Glück

Copywriter at Ventuz Technology, Munich Germany

Katharina has always been a SciFi-geek and technology buff. Her dream was to walk the Star Trek Holodeck or use the hovering multitouch user interfaces of Iron Man, wanting them to be more than just CGI effects. After an attempt to go into the film industry, she discovered that there were already a few companies out there doing what, until then, had seemed impossible: integrating existing technologies to create elegant, interactive user interfaces and presentations that are as compelling as in any SciFi movie. She joined Marketing at Ventuz Technology, a developer of real-time graphics software solutions for presentations and events. At Ventuz, she has been involved in projects ranging from large interactive video walls, immersive domes, holographic projections, and sophisticated corporate presentations to projection mapping on buildings. She currently works as a freelance copywriter and editor and remains very engaged with Ventuz Technology. MoreMore

Laurie Pattison

Senior Director of User Experience at Oracle, Redwood Shores CA USA

Laurie has been in software development for 10 years. She specializes in process and program management and user assistance design and development. Prior to focusing on user experience, Laurie was responsible for driving the applications process model at Oracle—for the strategy, requirements, and functional design phases of the software development lifecycle—and has managed quality assurance and development organizations. In a prior life, Laurie was a change management consultant for European manufacturing companies. MoreMore

Luca Mascaro

Owner and Lead User Experience Architect at SketchIn, Ticino Switzerland

Luca has more than 10 years of experience in information design, user interface design, interaction design, and accessibility for Web sites and Web applications. He is founder of SketchIn—a user experience design and strategy consultancy located in Lugano, Switzerland—and co-founder and UX manager at Phiware Engineering—a Swiss firm specializing in enterprise applications. Luca’s work focuses on agile UX design, applying user-centered design principles to projects for clients such as Generali Assurance, Swiss-Italian Television, the Swiss Post, and Italy’s Innovation Department. Luca is president of IOSHI (International Organization for Standards in Human/Computer Interfaces)—an association that promotes standards in Human/Computer interfaces—is a member of many international organizations—such as IWA/HWG (International Webmasters Association/HTML Writers Guild) and UPA (Usability Professionals’ Association)—and participates in the W3C HTML, Web Content Accessibility, and Web Application working groups as well as that for ISO software ergonomics. MoreMore

Michele Marut

User Experience Researcher at Misys, New York NY USA

Michele was formerly a Human Factors Specialist with the medical manufacturing company Respironics. Since 1999, Michele has been applying Human Factors principles to the design and evaluation of a range of products. Her experience includes usability testing kitchen and bath products at Kohler and making Navy ships more user friendly at General Dynamics: Bath Iron Works. She currently serves as the UXnet Local Ambassador and IxDA Local Coordinator for Pittsburgh and chairs the Environmental Design Technical Group of HFES. Michele holds an M.S. in Human Environment Relations from Cornell University. MoreMore

Peter Bogaards

Founder at Bogieland, Amsterdam Netherlands

With almost 20 years of experience in information design, information architecture, and user-centered design, Peter is a recognized leader in the international information design community. Prior to founding BogieLand, he worked for the InfoDesign & Usability Group of Razorfish Europe and was information and user interface designer at Informaat. He was responsible for the design of intentional user experiences, including user interfaces, site architectures, navigation, and usability for clients such as eBay, Elsevier Science, IBM, Nissan, and Vodafone. MoreMore

Sharon Harper

Independent User Experience Consultant, Canton Ohio USA

As a consultant, Sharon focuses on the information architecture aspect of user experience design. She is passionate about the information-seeking success of users across a range online platforms. Sharon holds an M.S. in Information Architecture & Knowledge Management—now User Experience Design—and an M.L.S. from Kent State University, and is an active member of several online UX and usability groups and the Northeast Ohio chapter of UPA. She writes about UX education, the usability landscape, and the structure and design of information. MoreMore

Shazeeye Kirmani

Senior Usability Engineer, San Francisco CA USA

Shazeeye translates customer needs into delightful online experiences, addressing changing market dynamics while maximizing profit. She thrives at the intersection of technology and marketing. Shazeeye received her M.S. in Human Factors from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2004. She recently earned her MBA at The Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine. Prior to starting her latest course of study, she was a Senior Usability Engineer at Infosys Technologies, Limited, India. Some of the clients she has worked for include Fidelity Investments, CVS Pharmacy, Walmart, and Wells Fargo. MoreMore

Tricia Clement

Founder at jUXtworks Inc., San Francisco Bay Area CA USA

Tricia specializes in translating consumer needs and cultural differences into delightful online experiences. Capturing data through various qualitative and quantitative research methods and combining it with advanced behavioral modeling techniques, she creates a holistic visualization of a consumer’s mental model, cognitive process, and behavioral patterns. Her insights and visualizations help companies align their corporate priorities, develop their product strategies, and align their organizational structures with those of their customers. Prior to entering industry, Tricia was a National Research Service Award (NRSA) Neuroscience Postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, examining social regulation of the brain. She has extensively studied and written about the commonalities and differences in learning and memory strategies between humans and other animals, focusing on social learning, concept learning, memory strategies, and symbolic representation. For her work in the area of cognition, she has received awards and competitive grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and Howard Hughes. Tricia has published over 30 journal articles and book chapters. American Scientist and The Economist covered her innovative research demonstrating work ethic in pigeons, which challenged human-centered theories explaining the phenomenon. Her latest page turner, “Steering Clear of Trouble: Fish Can Infer Social Rank by Observation Alone,” garnered the cover of Nature. MoreMore