My Portfolio

This portfolio presents a variety of projects related to human computer interaction design. Please feel free to contact me.

Personal Inventories

Design Research (1st Place)

Energy Challenge


Imagine Cup 2008

Interaction Design (1st Place)

Ambient Plant Interaction

Ubiquitous Ambient Display

Senior Travel Buddies

Interaction Design

Sustainable Bloomington

Strategic Design

Holy River Ganga

Experience Design

My Disney Memories

Experience Design

Chinese Shadow Play

Web Design

Knowledge Base

Usability Evaluation

All Other Projects

A variety of other smaller pieces

Methods Used

Task Analysis
Low & hi-fi Protoyping

Tools Used


We used personas and scenarios to guide our design process.

Our final presentation slides are available (.pdf).

Imagine Cup 2008 IxD Competition

In this 24 hour competition we developed a system of design concepts for several complex stakeholder groups, and present them to an esteemed panel of judges.

Date: July 5th 2008, 24 hour competition
Award: Imagine Cup 2008 Inteface Design Competition Winner
Collaborators: David Roedl
Deliverable: Serveral Interface Designs, Presentation

The Design Problem

The Imagine Cup 2008 competition consisted of 3 rounds. To make it past the first two rounds, my colleague David Roedl submitted the Energy Challenge project, which, after critique by the judges, we were invited out to Paris for the final round competition. Due to flight complications, we arrived on-site in Paris only an hour before the interface finals began. We were then handed a design brief detailing a complex problem demanding the conceptualization and development of several interface design for various stakeholders. Essentially the task at hand was (i) to develop a air quality sensor device for elderly community members to use. These users would then have to upload the collected data from the device to some kind of online portal. From there, (ii) scientists would need to collect the aggregated data for analysis, and then(iii) present these analyses in a form accessible to public policy makers (to hopefully impact future decisions).

We had 24 hours to iterate through the design process, develop these interfaces and create a presentation illustrating our designs and rationale. At this point we had already been awake for 48 hours (never ending string of missed flights, striking public transport workers and lost baggage)...

Our Design Process

We used sketching extensively to iterate through versions and fidelities of our information architecture and interface designs.

We began breaking down the systemic design problem into accessible chunks. Then, based on some quick research, we enumerated all of our stakeholders requirements in terms. We constructed personas and used scenarios to help guide our design process, particularly because we did not have access to any real users. Following these requirements, we sketched the information architecture of our system and sketched several potential interaction sequences. We continued to apply constraints and eventually developed wireframes and graphical mockups of our interface designs.

Final Solution

Our final solution consisted of a system of design concepts including a physical sensing device to a visualization tool.

The majority of our process was spent deeply understanding the various stages of the design problem and developing a sense of empathy for our users. Instead of creating a 'one-button' solution for our elderly users, we created a device that, while still simple to use, had enough autonomy built into it to potentially engender deeper interest in air quality problems and grow this user-base of citizen scientists. We create a simple upload wizard for them to use, so they did not have to use a web browser, however there were areas where they could include comments or concerns if their interpretations of readings prompted them.

We additionally created a visualization tool that included the option to see elderly participants' comments as well as a community board where scientists, elderly community members, and public policy makers alike could come together to discuss future changes. We presented our concepts and design argument to a panel of esteemed judges including Surya Vanka (senior manager of UX at Microsoft), Tom Chi (senior director of UX at Yahoo), and Neil Churcher (head of design & usability at Orange). And.. we took 1st place!


After such a long journey and lots of hard work, victory was well deserved and celebration in order.

Check out a local press release that came out when we arrived back in the States.

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