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UX Education & Training

Andy Polaine

Independent Service and Interaction Design Consultant, Karlsruhe Area, Germany

In addition to working as an interaction designer, service design researcher, and writer, Andy is a lecturer and research fellow in service design at Lucerne University of Applied Arts and Sciences in Switzerland. Formerly, Andy was a producer at Razorfish in the UK. He next moved to Australia, where he started the interactive department of the visual effects company Animal Logic. He was also a senior lecturer in interactive media at the College of Fine Arts, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, and head of the School of Media Arts. Andy has also been a guest professor at the Bauhaus University in Weimar. He recently completed his PhD, exploring interactivity and play, has published more than 160 articles and papers as a journalist and academic, and is coauthor of Service Design: From Insights to Implementation, published by Rosenfeld Media. MoreMore

Chris R. Becker

UX Design Consultant at Anchor UX Los Angeles CA USA

A UX designer who uses creative thinking to understand existing problems and forge innovative and unique solutions, Chris provides UX design, interaction design, and design research services through his consultancy Anchor UX. Through asking questions, following human-centered design practices, prototyping, diagramming, and analysis, Chris informs and expresses his UX design and information architecture solutions. He enjoys generating new understanding and insights in unexplored areas within design, culture, and business. Chris has worked for NASA/JPL, sSchematic, Blitz, Saatchi & Saatchi, Phonomenon, Innocean, The Ayzenberg Group, TBWA/Chiat Day, and Two Bit Circus. His Clients include Okgo, Poptech, CB2, VW, HTC, Hyundai, WB, Disney, Activision, EA, Mattel & Pearson, and many more. An Adjunct Professor at Loyola Marymount University & UCLA extension, Chris has a BFA in Painting from Colorado State University and an MFA from the Art Center College of Design: Media Design Program. MoreMore

Cory Lebson

Owner and Principal User Experience Consultant at Lebsontech LLC, Silver Spring MD USA

Cory established his small, successful UX consulting firm in 1997 and has been a UX consultant for nearly 20 years. His core client base has included a number of Federal government, commercial, non-profit, and educational organizations. Lebsontech focuses primarily on UX strategy, user research, and associated training. Cory greatly enjoys teaching topics relating to user experience and technology and frequently gives talks and workshops on UX career development, usability, user experience, information architecture, mobile UX, and accessibility. Recently, he has been a guest on a radio talk-show and published several articles on user experience. Cory has an MBA in marketing and technology management, as well as an MA in sociology and a BS in psychology. Cory is President of the User Experience Professionals’ Association (UXPA) International and is Past President of the UXPA DC Chapter. MoreMore

David Heller Malouf

Professor of Interaction Design at Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah GA USA

A leader in the interaction design community, with a passion for evangelizing and teaching interaction design, Dave is currently Professor of Interaction Design in the Industrial Design Department of the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD). Previously, he was a Senior Interaction Designer for Motorola Enterprise Mobility, where he designed user interfaces for desktop, Web, and embedded software and hardware. Motorola was the last stop in his 15-year journey practicing interaction design, information architecture, and user interface design, working primarily in the enterprise space. Dave led the founding of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) and was its first Vice President. In 2008, he co-chaired Interaction 08, in Savannah. He frequently writes, speaks at conferences, and teaches workshops on topics relating to interaction design. MoreMore

Donna Lichaw

Principal at Greatnorthelectric, New York City NY USA

Donna is a product management and UX strategy consultant, advisor, speaker, and educator. She specializes in mobile, tablet, responsive Web, and mobile-first product strategy—getting the best results by helping teams to think big by starting small. Donna has worked with a variety of businesses around the world, from startups to nonprofits to established Fortune-500 companies such as Seamless, Citi, Bloomberg, Apartment Therapy, WNYC, Atlantic Records, The New School, and Nerve.com. She has previously taught at Parsons The New School for Design and Northwestern University and currently teaches at NYU and General Assembly in New York City. MoreMore

Jeff Johnson

Principal Consultant at UI Wizards Inc., San Francisco CA USA

Jeff has worked in the field of human-computer interaction since 1978, as a user interface designer and implementer, engineering manager, usability tester, and researcher at companies such as Cromemco, Xerox, US West, Hewlett-Packard Labs, and Sun Microsystems. His product usability consulting firm, UI Wizards, offers user interface design, usability reviews, usability testing, and training services. After graduating from Yale University with a BA in Experimental Psychology, Jeff earned a PhD in Developmental and Experimental Psychology at Stanford University. He has taught in the Computer Science Departments at Stanford University and Mills College. In 2006, he was an Erskine Teaching Fellow at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. Jeff has published numerous articles and book chapters on various topics relating to human-computer interaction, as well as on the impact of technology on society. He frequently gives talks and tutorials on usability and user interface design at conferences and at companies. Jeff is the author of Designing with the Mind in Mind: Simple Guide to Understanding User Interface Design Rules (2010), GUI Bloopers 2.0: Common User Interface Design Don’ts and Dos (2007), Web Bloopers: 60 Common Design Mistakes and How to Avoid Them (2003), and GUI Bloopers: Don’ts and Dos for Software Developers and Web Designers (2000). MoreMore

Mona Patel

CEO at Motivate Design and UX Hires, New York NY USA

For over 15 years, Mona Patel’s ability to strategize quickly and customize solutions has set her apart in the industry. In 2009, she started Motivate Design, then two years later, UX Hires, to create a place where clients could get what they need rather than what an agency needs to sell. In short, she was disrupting before it was cool. She has delivered UX strategies and in-house usability programs to hundreds of clients through consulting and training. Before starting Motivate Design, Mona had been a Vice President at Human Factors International (HFI) and a Research Scientist at American Institutes for Research. She is a skilled practitioner of usability testing, expert review, and interaction design for Web sites, Web applications, intranets, and consumer products. Mona currently teaches at Parsons, The New School for Design, where she focuses on showing students the value of good design research. Mona holds an M.S. in Marketing Communications from Boston University and a B.S. in Engineering Psychology from Tufts University. MoreMore

Nicholas Ward

Professor at Montana State University, Bozeman MT USA

Nic is a Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Montana State, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on work design, interaction design, usability engineering, and human error. For nearly 20 years, he has conducted product design and usability testing of intelligent vehicle systems for car companies. He has a PhD in applied psychology from Queen’s University. Areas of interest to Nic include workload assessment, cultural influences, and risk taking. MoreMore

Peter Hornsby

Web Design and UX Manager at Royal London
Reading Berkshire UK

Peter has been actively involved in Web design and development since 1993, working in the defense and telecommunications industries; designing a number of interactive, Web-based systems; and advising on usability. He has also worked in education, in both industry and academia, designing and delivering both classroom-based and online training. In his role as Web Design and UX Manager at Royal London, Peter is responsible for the user experience of consumer sites; working with business analysts, testers, and developers; setting standards for user experience; and promoting a user-centered design process within the business. Peter has a PhD in software component reuse and a Bachelors degree in human factors, both from Loughborough University, in Leicestershire, UK. He has presented at international conferences and written about reuse, eLearning, and organizational design. MoreMore

Ronnie Battista

UX Practice Lead at Slalom Consulting, New York City NY USA

Ronnie is a senior UX executive with 20 years of experience envisioning and delivering creative, cross-channel user experiences with positive bottom-line impact. Ronnie has served in UX leadership positions at Accenture, Dun and Bradstreet, Gextech in Spain, MISI Company, and Slalom Consulting. He has provided experience design leadership to over 120 clients, ranging from C-suite-level strategic solutions to team-level tactical solutions. Ronnie co-created the Rutgers Mini-Masters in User Experience Design with Marilyn Tremaine and currently serves as both Program Director and Lead Adjunct Professor at Rutgers. Ronnie served on the Executive Committee of the Usability Professionals’ Association International (UPA-I) Board of Directors from 2010 to 2012 and was formerly President of the NJ Chapter of the UXPA. A life-long lover of the real Jersey Shore, when not on the beach, he lives in Tinton Falls with his wife Tiffany and their three children. MoreMore