Jeff Johnson

Curriculum Vita (CV)

President and Principal Consultant

Contact Information

231 Moscow St.
San Francisco, CA 94112
Home, work, fax: (415) 586-5285
E-mail: jjohnson@uiwizards.com
Web: www.uiwizards.com

Education

Yale University: 1970 - 1974
Degree: B.A.
Major: Psychology (experimental)
Additional Studies: Computer Science

Stanford University: 1974 - 1979
Degree: Ph.D.
Department: Psychology (developmental, experimental)
Additional Studies: Computer Science

Employment History (most recent first)

July, 1996 - Present: UI Wizards, Inc., a product usability consulting firm

Position: President and Principal Consultant
Duties: Perform product usability design, evaluation, testing, and training for clients. Write software design books. Manage company.

November, 1994 - July, 1996: Sun Microsystems / SunSoft Developer Products (Menlo Park, CA)

Position: Staff Engineer, Human Interface
Duties: Designed and evaluated user interfaces for software programming tools. Educated software engineers about user-interface design issues and guidelines. Conducted usability testing. Helped manage a summer intern laboratory assistant.

June, 1993 - October, 1994: Sun Microsystems / First Person (Palo Alto)

Position: Staff Engineer, Human Interface
Duties: Responsible for usability of user interfaces for consumer electronics and interactive TV product prototypes that were precursors of Sun's Java product. Designed and evaluated user interfaces. Established and operated a usability testing lab. Conducted usability testing. Managed a laboratory assistant.

November, 1988 - June, 1993: Hewlett-Packard Laboratories (Palo Alto, CA)

Position: Member of Technical Staff, Software Technologies Laboratory
Duties: Human-computer interaction research. Member of a team developing an application-development environment for use by end-users as well as programmers. Member of a task-force on handheld computer-based appliances for non-technical consumers. Member of a project to develop systems to support people in businesses in working together over long distances.

March, 1987 - November, 1988: U S West Advanced Technologies (Denver)

Position: Member of Technical Staff, "Advanced User Interfaces" Group, Science and Technology Research Lab
Duties: User-studies using prototype systems to derive principles of user-interface design and to examine new user-interface technologies. Included research on user-interface modes and on proper design of information services and terminals for the general public. User-interface design consulting. Training programmers in principles of user-interface design.

March, 1984 - March, 1987: Xerox Information Systems (Sunnyvale, CA)

Position: Development Team Leader; User Interface Designer
Duties: Design and implementation on various projects related to enhancing the Star/ViewPoint office computing system for electronic publishing applications. Designed and led implementation of a Stylesheets facility for the ViewPoint document editor. User-interface designer for most of the ViewPoint 2.0 enhancements.

October, 1978 - February, 1984: Cromemco, Inc. (Mountain View, CA)

Position: Software Engineer and Engineer Manager
Duties: Designing and implementing applications software (word processing, statistical analysis, graphics), designing keyboards, developing user-interface standards, designing user-interface toolkits, writing documentation, managing software engineers, LISP support.

Summer, 1973 and 1974: Jet Propulsion Laboratories, Pasadena, CA

Position: Programmer
Duties: Software development for Viking and Mariner data analysis.

Honors and Awards

  • Elected to ACM SIGCHI Academy, January 2014.
  • Erskine Fellow, Computer Science and Software Engineering Department, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 2013.
  • Distinguished Speaker, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 2011-present.
  • Erskine Fellow, Computer Science and Software Engineering Department, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 2006.

Invited Presentations

  • Opening Keynote, CHI New Zealand (CHINZ) conference, Christchurch, New Zealand, Nov 2013.
  • Computer Science Department, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand, Sept 2013.
  • ACM SIGCHI Bay Area Chapter (BayCHI): May 2013.
  • Authors@Google: January 2013.
  • Design Workshops: PM Storm Training, PM-China, Shanghai & Beijing, May 2012.
  • North Bay Internet Society: Sebastapol, CA, May 2012.
  • Stanford University, Computer Science Department: Stanford, CA, April 2012.
  • Keynote and Workshop: 1st Product Manager Conference, PM-China, Shanghai & Beijing, Nov 2011.
  • ACM SF Bay Area Chapter: Cupertino, CA, July 2011.
  • Academy of Art University: San Francisco, CA, July 2011.
  • Bay Area Editors Forum: San Francisco, CA, March 2011.
  • Mills College, Computer Science and Psychology Departments: Oakland, CA, March 2011.
  • Center for Technology Innovation, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee: Milwaukee, WI, Jan 2005, April 2008, Jan 2011.
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, University of California at Berkeley: Berkeley, CA, Jan 2011.
  • ACM SIGCHI Bay Area Chapter (BayCHI): July 2010.
  • Opening Keynote: UX Prague 2010, Prague, Czech Republic, June 2010.
  • Keynote: Expo:QA 2009, Madrid, Spain, Oct 2009.
  • Usability NJ: Princeton, NJ, Feb 2009.
  • Software Test & Performance 2009 Conference (STPcon 2009), San Mateo, CA, 2009.
  • Opening Keynote: FutureTest 2009 Conference, NY, NY, 2009.
  • Opening Keynote: Yggdrasil 2008 Conference, Lillehammer, Norway, 2008.
  • Technical University of Berlin, Computer Science Department: Berlin, Germany, Nov 2008.
  • User Experience Russia 2008 Conference (UXR 2008), Moscow, Russia, 2008.
  • Usability Professionals Conference (UPA 2008), Baltimore, MD, 2008.
  • Software Test & Performance 2008 Conference (STPcon 2008), San Mateo, CA, 2008.
  • Computer Society of South Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2008.
  • University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa, 2008.
  • ACM SIGCHI Bay Area Chapter (BayCHI): Nov 2007.
  • Opening Keynote, CHI New Zealand (CHINZ) conference, Christchurch, New Zealand, July 2006.
  • Stanford Linear Accellerator Center, Stanford University: Stanford, CA, June 2005.
  • Opening Keynote, Society for Technical Communication Trans-Alpine Chapter 2004 conference, Vienna, Austria, 2004.
  • Bay Area Editors Forum: San Francisco, CA, Nov 2004.
  • Bay Area Editors Forum: San Francisco, CA, Sep 2004.
  • ACM SIGCHI New York City Chapter (NYC-CHI): New York, NY, June 2004.
  • STC-TAC Conference: Vienna Austria, Apr 2004.
  • North Bay Multimedia Association Web SIG: Novato, CA, Apr 2003.
  • PARC Forum, Palo Alto, CA, 2003.
  • Opening Keynote, Winwriters 2003 Online Help conference, Seattle, WA, 2003.
  • Computer Science Department, University of California, Berkeley, CA, 1999, 2000, 2002.
  • Computer Science Department, Stanford University, CA, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2010, 2012, 2014.
  • Computer Science Department, University of San Francisco, CA, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2010.
  • Computer Science Department, Cal. State University, San Francisco, CA, 2001, 2002.
  • Mathematics and Computer Science Department, Cal. State University, Hayward, CA, 2000, 2002.
  • Computer Science Department, Mills College, Oakland, CA, 2001, 2002, 2011.
  • Computer Science Department, McPherson College, KS, 1998.
  • Computer Science Department, Bethel College, KS, 1998.
  • Computer Science Department, Tabor College, KS, 1998.
  • ACM SIGCHI'97 Conference, Atlanta, GA, 1997.
  • Department of Informatik and Mathematik, University of Bremen, Germany, 1994.
  • Department of Informatik and Mathematik, University of Paderborn, Germany, 1994.
  • Psychology Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1987.

Teaching Experience

  • Visiting Lecturer, Computer Science and Software Engineering Department, University of Canterbury, New Zealand (Winter Semester 2013).
  • Visiting Lecturer, Computer Science and Software Engineering Department, University of Canterbury, New Zealand (Winter Semester 2006).
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Math and Computer Science Department, Mills College (Spring 2003).
  • Part-time lecturer, Computer Science Department, Stanford University (1997-1998).
  • Teaching Assistant, Stanford University Psychology Department, 1974-1978.
Subjects Taught

Human-Computer Interaction, User Interface Design, User-Interface Frameworks and Components, Usability Testing, Statistics, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology.

Implementation & Prototyping Experience

  • Programming languages: Java, C++, Mesa, C, LISP, Z-80 assembler, SAIL, APL, FORTRAN, BASIC.
  • Web tools: HTML, CSS.
  • Desktop UI tools: UIM/X, XDesigner, InterViews, Motif, Director, Symantec Visual Cafe.
  • Wireframing tools: OmniGraffle, Photoshop, Word and Powerpoint graphics.

Publications