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Russell E.


Los Angeles, CA
Hometown: Los Angeles

Member since:

September 10, 2012

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My name is Russ Essary and my face is in my photo, so we're good to go!

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 was trained at Carnegie Mellon's HCII to be a UX jack-of-all-trades through an eight-month capstone project with GE Healthcare as part of my Masters in HCI. More than anything, I'm an advocate of UX for change and enlightenment and see interface design as much more than a band-aid for tricky interfaces. I have a social science background and particularly love research and documentation. My favorite moments happen during contextual inquiry: watching the layers of experience and mechanics of workflow unfold in beautiful chaos. I love stitching those layers back together in meaningful ways and brainstorming design concepts around them alone or with a team. I always have projects up my sleeve and am currently obsessed with research, visioning and design for technologically augmented interpretive exhibits. I am not a fan of cutting edge for cutting edge's sake, but interested instead in imaginative repurposing of existing (and appropriate) technologies for more meaningful experiences.

What kind of programs would you like to see? What kinds of events would further your career?

Non-traditional interfaces! Exhibit design! Methodologies and research tips! Story sharing. :)


I'm Russ! UX project manager, designer, and researcher. I recently moved to LA with a Masters in HCI from Carnegie Mellon, where I managed a team of students working with GE to improve interactions in radiology. I <3 research and exhibit design!

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