Michael E. Stiso
UX designer, human-factors researcher, occasional photographer

Hello.

I'm a researcher and practitioner in the general field of user-centered design — the backbone of most any successful design effort.

My educational background is in human cognition. For the last decade or so, I have used that training to research and design products in a variety of domains: telecommunications, military systems, training systems, video games, enterprise applications, emergency management systems, and social media.

That diversity lets me adapt quickly to new domains and contribute at any phase of the design process: user research, requirements generation, interaction/UI design, usability testing, and so on. It has also made me familiar with the challenges of fitting UCD into industry schedules that have little time or appreciation for such activities.

If you would like to know more, check out my work history and my portfolio. If you're short on time, you will find a quick summary here.

Current position

Research Scientist, SINTEF ICT

Education

doctorate in cognitive psychology

Skills

usability testing, user research, user experience design, human factors research

Work experience

10+ years in user-centered design, in areas including telecommunications, military systems, training systems, video games, enterprise applications, emergency management systems, and social media

Research interests

distributed collaboration, decision support, mobile design, training systems, social media, gaming, and general user experience design

International experience

American citizen, permanent resident of Norway, worked on multinational projects with teams in Europe and Scandinavia