Don is the author of The Design of Everyday Things. He is both a businessperson (he has worked as a VP at Apple, an Executive at HP and UNext) and an academic who has been a faculty member at Harvard, UC San Diego, Northwestern, and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, an IDEO fellow, and a trustee of IIT’s Institute of Design. He can be found at www.jnd.org.
Kristian Simsarian is a design leader, educator and consultant. He is currently the founder and chair of the undergraduate Interaction Design program at California College of the Arts (CCA). Kristian co-founded the Software Experiences practice at IDEO as an Associate Partner, and led design innovation initiatives for many of the world’s most impactful organizations, including: Microsoft, Nokia, Lily, Pfizer, Samsung, Yahoo!, XBOX, SAP, AT&T, Procter & Gamble, the FBI and the National Institutes of Health. After a decade at IDEO he shifted his focus to education while continuing as an IDEO Fellow and independent consultant. As co-teacher of this course, he brings the first steps of actually taking action and becoming a designer yourself.
Chelsey Glasson is Lead User Experience Researcher at Udacity and Associate Managing Editor of User Experience (UX) magazine. Her user research skills have impacted a wide variety of web, mobile, enterprise and consumer technologies at diverse companies. Chelsey has a Masters in Human Centered Design and Engineering from the University of Washington, and she’s excited to help with this class because she’s confident it will inspire those new to design to explore user experience and design careers. She often writes about UX careers on her blog: chelseyglassonux.com. You can also find her on Twitter @chelseyglasson.