uiGarden Advisory Board
Ann Light is editor of Usability News and also consults on communication strategy and usability. She balances this with an academic presence as visiting research fellow at Queen Mary, University of London, under whose wing she publishes on interaction design and networked communication. She is part of the HCI community that seeks to introduce insights from arts and humanities into digital product design, just now helping to launch the Leonardo Network. Before devoting herself to the relationship between people and technology, she was a political journalist and her first serious job was drama teaching, an early example of her interest in interaction design. Her education includes an English degree, a PGCE in Drama, an MSc in Knowledge Based Systems and a PhD in ‘Interaction through Websites’ from Sussex.
Nico Macdonald is a London-based writer, consultant and event programmer, focused on design, technology and innovation. He is author of “What is Web Design?” (RotoVision, 2003) and has contributed to a number of other design titles. He writes for publications including Blueprint, ACM interactions, the Guardian newspaper, BBC News Online, Creative Review, and Eye magazine. He is on the advisory board of Usability News. He co-programmed the “Design For Usability” conference (2000) and has programmed the AIGA Experience Design events in London for five years. He has been involved in creating and hosting panels at many ACM SIGCHI conferences.
Dr. Patrick W. Jordan is an international design and marketing consultant, author and professional speaker. He is Owner and CEO of the Contemporary Trends Institute (CTI), an international trends and branding consultancy. Dr. Jordan has been invited to lecture at conferences and seminars all over the world. He has over 100 publications in peer reviewed journals, books and conference proceedings. He has written or edited 6 books, five of which have reached #1 in the Amazon.com category bestsellers lists, and is currently the world’s best selling author in his field. His books include “Designing Pleasurable Products” (Taylor and Francis, 2000), which has become a standard design and marketing text within both industry and academia.
Patrick Shine has more than seven years experience in user experience development, working in the UK, the US, and China. He has worked hands on as an IA and led development teams. Although he hasn’t studied the field formally, he has degrees in Computer Science and Anthropology which add up to something like user experience.