Michael R. G.

Location:

Southlake, TX

Member since:

July 5, 2012

What is your interest in the field of User Experience? (ie, do you work as a UX designer or architect? Are you a student?

I am a communication design educator, design researcher and interaction designer. As such, I am often in positions to use UXD theories and methods to inform the progress of my work, that of my students, and that of our research partners. A large part of what I do involves formulating, operating, gathering and analyzing data from and finally reporting the results of the design-driven approaches to co-generative, action-based research projects. These are usually endeavors that are at least partially informed by UXD and that are collaborative in nature, as they involve the participation of my students, my colleagues and our research partners. The projects we undertake seek to transform social, technological, economic and public policy situations in the north Texas region on behalf of select, often under-served populations groups and audiences.

What do you want out of this meetup group?

I tend to act very often as a liaison between groups of people seeking to alter how given systems—involving communication, workflow, planning and making—operate, are used and are perceived, and the groups of people who will be most affected by whatever changes occur in and around these systems. As such, and as the coordinator of a graduate-level applied design research program, I'm hoping to expand the networks of people who could derive benefit from what we do at the Design Research Center and in our graduate programs, as well as learn from them or, if the circumstances allow, collaborate with them. I'm seeking opportunities to engage in dialogue with others who are using UXD as a means to help them better understand the contexts that frame and affect the problems they're trying to resolve, and use what I gain from these exchanges to positively affect the learning experiences my colleagues and I in the Department of Design at UNT are trying to facilitate on behalf of our students.

Introduction

I am the graduate program coordinator for the Applied Design Research program at the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design. I work with my professorial colleagues and students out of the UNT Design Research Center in Dallas.


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