Public Transportation: The closest option for public transportation is Lechmere Station on MBTA’s Green Line, which is two blocks away and offers frequent subway and bus service. Kendall Station, which is on the MBTA’s Red Line, is also a 10 to 15-minute walk from our office.
Parking: We recommend parking in the First Street Garage, which is right next door to the office. Entrance is on Spring Street near First Street.
The Cambridgeside Galleria parking garage is also an option, though it can be confusing to navigate for first-time visitors. Entrance is on First Street between Best Buy and Sears.
Margot Bloomstein is the principal of Appropriate, Inc., a brand and content strategy consultancy based in Boston, and the author of Content Strategy at Work (Morgan Kaufmann, 2012). Independently and in partnership with leading agencies, she creates brand-appropriate user experiences to help retailers, universities, and other organizations engage their target audiences and project key messages with consistency and clarity.
I am an experienced leader with in-depth knowledge of transnational trends, geopolitical risks, and their intersections with diverse political and economic interests. I enjoy creating actionable opportunities for decision makers and organizations by applying my expertise and my coaching skills to catalyze and implement change across organizational, cultural and inter-personal boundaries.
I am also passionate about community healthcare, high quality public education, equality for all under the law, socio-economic inclusion and growth across all the divisions in our society, and I apply those passions to my community service and personal activism.
Dana brings deep experience in civic design, starting with research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) into the use of language in instructions on ballots (with Ginny Redish), and work on standards and testing for poll worker documentation for the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG). She is also an expert in plain language and usability for older adults, including ground-breaking work at AARP that was the basis for several requirements in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).
She teaches design in government at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and recently came off a 2-year stint as “generalist problem solver” for the United States Digital Service, doing user research and civic design across agencies.
As the editor of the Field Guides To Ensuring Voter Intent, she has taught thousands of election officials how to improve ballots, web sites and other election materials to ensure voter intent. She worked on the Anywhere Ballot, a ballot marking interface tested for accessibility by people with cognitive disabilities and low literacy.
Dana and Jeff Rubin wrote the Handbook of Usability Testing Second Edition (Wiley 2008), the seminal book on the topic.
Eduardo F. Ortiz is a creative director at the United States Digital Service at the Department of Homeland Security, and has over 13 years of experience as a software engineer, user experience designer, and a front-end developer.
Eduardo is a co-founder of BKUX, one of the fastest growing design communities in Brooklyn, New York. He is also a local leader for the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) a member-supported organization dedicated to the discipline of interaction design, and a volunteer for the Information Architecture Institute, an organization focused with making information clearer and easier to use. He has spoken at past conferences on topics about measuring user experience, empathy, and team building.
Adam Connor is a designer, consultant, author and illustrator based in Western Massachusetts. Adam's work focuses on improving the wellbeing of individuals, teams, organizations, and communities. With his teammates at Mad*Pow he designs and develops products, services, and strategies aimed at tackling challenges in healthcare, finance, and education.
His work at Mad*Pow and extensive background in experience design, computer science, illustration, and film has taught him the value of delivering and receiving constructive feedback in the design process and the role it plays in effective collaboration. He has coached and trained teams across the world and from industry leading organizations such as Google, Disney, Fidelity, and Aetna.
In 2015 he and co-author Aaron Irizarry released Discussing Design: Improving Communication & Collaboration Through Critique with O’Reilly Publishing. His thoughts on collaboration and design can be found at adamconnor.com and discussingdesign.com
Nathan Felde is a professor of Design in Department of Art + Design in the College of Arts, Media, and Design at Northeastern University. He holds a Master of Science from MIT’s Department of Architecture, helped found Lightspeed Computers, and acted as Executive Director of broadband media research laboratories for NYNEX (now Verizon). His design work has been featured in collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and the Musée de la Arte Decoratif in Paris. In addition, he has received recognition from the American Academy in Rome, AIGA, the International Union of Concerned Scientists, NEA, and the Aspen International Design Festival. His projects include work for Bitstream, Fujitsu, Mercedes Benz, Samsung, Harvard School of Business, and Orange Labs. Beyond his design work, Nathan has trained and performed for many years as a classical violist, was named a Colonel in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, has sailed across the Atlantic Ocean, and works with semper fiber to promote creativity and innovation amongst young people in devastated regions of the world.
I am a product designer who has been building web based products for over 15 years. I combine my background in visual design with a passion and deep understanding of user experience and interaction design to focus my efforts on creating well rounded product experiences.
Christina Wodtke is an author, professor and speaker who teaches techniques to create high performing teams.
Her latest book, Radical Focus http://amzn.to/1VN5X0D shows how to set better goals and create a rhythm of execution in order to achieve great things.
Brian Durkin is a NY raised product designer residing in the Boston area. Brian volunteers for multiple organizations in Boston and NY that are design related.