Hi, I’m Paul Daly, a User Experience professional in Austin Texas. I am a problem solver, using the design thinking philosophy and applying user experience design tools and methodology to achieve effective, efficient, satisfying user experiences in the most pragmatic development cycle.
I approach UX from a classical applied psychology background, taking the systems view; working in military human factors, instructional system design, desktop GUI and web design–with a little embedded mobile thrown in as well. I embrace what Don Norman would call a cognitive designer.
My goal for this blog site is to counter the misconception that UX design is a new, or even relatively new field. This viewpoint largely comes about by those conflating the field and a domain — i.e. User Experience design = Web design. UX has been around for a while, though the names have changed.
So I will do my best to post about the history of user experience; and convince you that it didn’t just spring forth when photoshop gurus discovered the Web.
A little personal background:
Short work history: US Air Force, USAA, Vignette (since acquired by OpenText), Texas Instruments Educational Technology, Emerson Process Management, and lately Q2 Ebanking.
Hobbies: homebrewing; Americana/roots rock radio DJ at KYSM 90.1 in San Antonio — I do a DJ shift every second Saturday of the month, on the Third Coast Music Network show, plus I am the ‘WebMonster’ for the tcmnradio.com web site. Proudly unaffected by web fashion since 1998.