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Introducing my new co-blogger


This blog was never supposed to be The Kathy Sierra Blog, but my so-called co-bloggers abandoned me after the first few weeks ; )
Eric put his mouse ears back on, and Bert Bates wants to podcast instead of write. So I've been on the hunt for someone who'd add a lot of value for y'all and who didn't already have their own blog. And I found the perfect person--he was wearing a white labcoat and everything--deep within the top secret basement black-ops scientific laboratory at Google.

Unlike myself, Dan Russell is an Actual Authority on "the human mind and its intersection with technology." He's probably done as much research on user experience as just about anyone in the universe, and--like Eric--has way too much education (including a Ph.D in Computer Science). For most of the last two decades, he's been right in the heart of some of the most fascinating and influential tech research in America including:

IBM's Almaden Research Center
Dan was a senior research scientist in the User Sciences and Experience Research (USER) lab.
(Wow -- what are the odds of having the acronym work out like that?)

Apple Advanced Technology Group (ATG)
From '93 to '97, Dan was the Director of the Knowledge Management Technologies lab.

Xerox Parc
Dan worked in the User Interface Research group studying uses of information visualization techniques, and then more recently worked on the design of a user experience for a new class of information appliance.

Today, Dan's a senior research scientist there, where he works in the area of search quality, with a focus on understanding what makes Google users happy!

He's done work in everything from neuropsychology to computer vision, including things I have no idea how to explain like: "sensemaking", cognitive modeling, enthnography, "shared awareness of individual state", intelligent learning systems, and on and on and will help bring balance to this blog in several areas:

(he's a guy, I'm not, although I swear I've seen him write girl metrosexual code.)

(I may have a certain street smarts, but Dan's the real deal. Thankfully, he won't make us call him Dr. Dan.)

(he knows both the forest and the trees, and has worked with some of the most significant players in the history of computer technology.)

And just between us, Dan is not just a super smart geek, but he somehow finds the time to be a really good musician, a long distance runner, a writer of a gazillion articles and book chapters, and an inspiring father. He counts a day as poor that doesn't have all of the above in it. He's also the person who--almost twenty years ago--told me of the importance of storytelling, and that if I wanted to be a better teacher, I ought to be listening to Garrison Keillor.

For good or bad, it'll still be ME doing most of the posts here--Dan's way too busy to do all but some intermittent spots--but if we give him some positive feedback when he posts, maybe he'll be encouraged to do more ; )

So, please help me welcome Dan Russell to our blog. If there's any topic you'd like to hear about, feel free to comment (no guarantees--for all I know he'll be posting on the cognitive consequence of eating a PBJ sandwich at your laptop)

Posted by Kathy on March 31, 2006 | Permalink


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Hi Dan,

welcome to Creating Passionate Users.

(Kathy, he may be all those things, but he doesn't have your looks ;->)

Posted by: Steven Lilley | Mar 31, 2006 2:39:39 PM

Welcome, Dr. Dan!

Posted by: Sterling Camden | Mar 31, 2006 2:43:15 PM

"(Wow -- what are the odds of having the acronym work out like that?)"

For four letter acronyms of English words, I think the odds are one in 17,576.

I'm looking forward to Dan's writing.

Posted by: Scott Reynen | Mar 31, 2006 3:03:10 PM

Welcome Dan!
This blog will now be even more interesting!

Posted by: Torkel | Mar 31, 2006 4:04:10 PM

Wow, two of my favorite people together on the same blog!

I look forward to the extra dimension on CPA.

Dan: I'm sure you have no shortage of topics queued up to blog about, but I'd welcome your insights into usability vs. passion -- whether / how some of the traditional usability methodologies can be modified (or replaced) in order to help users "kick ass" and achieve that "I rule!" state ... being able to accomplish their tasks affectively, not just effectively.

Posted by: Joe McCarthy | Apr 5, 2006 9:04:42 PM

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