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The Apple HI Alumni (AHA) Page


I am not longer updating this page. It was last updated in 2014.

This page provides pointers to alumni (present and future) of the Apple HI (Human Interface) Community. Rather to my surprise, this page has proved quite popular, with around 300 hits per month. Note: This is not intended as a public directory. If you are not an alumnus of the Apple HI Community, we ask that you refrain from contacting the individuals below unless a) they state they are an independent consultant or contractor, or b) you are personally known to them. Thanks.

Acknowledgement: The concept for this page was appropriated from Don Gentner, who developed a similar page for Alumni of the LNR Research Group at UC San Diego.

AHA Folks

This table updated on February 1, 2014. 161 members.


Apple History


Last Update

David Abkowitz
UI Architect & Principal at Snap! Design

ATG-HIG: QTVR prototype "Virtual Shopping." ATG-ACOT: Collaborative Learning "Dewey Project", "Collaboration Bulletin Board", Vision Video - "An Invitation to the Future". System Software Division: Mac OS-8 team - "Theme Toolkit", "Data Detectors", & Next generation OS concepts "Jonathan" Founded "Snap!", a consultancy specializing in the design of intuitive, efficient, and visually compelling user experiences for enterprise and consumer applications. We help your team realize innovative solutions given your technical, market, and time constraints. 3/9/05
Jay van Achterberg
President, Solution Innovators
HIG Summer intern '91, provided C++ programming on Scribe (electronic notebook). Computer Consulting in the Hartford, CT area as founder and president of Solution Innovators LLC, providing web design, custom software development and networking services geared toward small businesses. 9/9/01
Sally Applin
Senior Researcher
ATG: The Virtual Museum '91 - '92 (cd's still available!); PIE: WALT (screen based telephone '92-'93), Apple Media Tool '93 - '94, Interactive television '94, Newton Wireless '94.

Writing up Ph.D. dissertation on Mixed, Dual, Blended and PolySocial Reality at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK - School of Anthropology and Conservation - Centre for Social Anthropology and Computing. Research and home in S.F. Bay Area

Jose Arcellana
user interface design manager
Instructional Products 1988-1995, HIDC/HIG 1995-1999. Help, assistants, high-level tool box, new directions; 7.5, 8.0, 8.5, X. UI design manager at TiVo. 4/5/08

Jeremy Ashley
Vice President, Applications User Experience, Oracle

Instructional Products - Summer intern 1990
"Pink" system software - Interaction Designer 1991-93. Spun off as the subsidiary 'Taligent'
Running the combined Oracle/Peoplesoft user experience organization for the Oracle Applications products. 9/19/05
Michael Arent
Vice President, UX Standards, SAP
+1 650.849.4352 W
510 684-6071 H
HIG: '88-'93. Projects: Apple II Video Card UI; Iduna (HyperCard for Apple II); CHI Kiosk; Family Farm; AppleScript User Assistance; QuickTime 1.0 UI; Ansel Camera; Popeye (portable CD-ROM information player). Executive management of SAP user interface standards worldwide in addition to the user experiences for Business Intelligence/Analytics and corporate governance/risk/compliance solutions. 6/05/07
Adam Baker
User Interface Designer
(415) 370-4516
WWDR User Experience Evangelism intern 2002-2003. Aqua HIG, UE documentation, and sprinkled Mac OS X HI contributions. Interaction designer at Google UX. 12/19/07
Sue Bartalo
Human Interface Designer
(650) 854-5432
1988-1993: developer in the International system software group. 1993-2001: UI designer for OpenDoc, PowerBooks, International, many system software releases, and most recently, Aqua. UI designer in the Applications group (part-time). 1/2/02
Leo Baschy
machi at nrvr dot com
DSG 1989-1991. Discipline 2.0, Macsbug 6.2. HI innovation: 1989/90 designed Apple DocViewer from scratch (on my own time). ATG Vivarium 1991. Designed MicNotePad (was MicMac) speech recording and transcription software, ran that business. Some consulting around speech recognition. Main interest in mind-boggling gui (for development environments), recent focus on access control for collaborative environments. 4/15/02
German Bauer
1991 Internship in Apple's Developer Tools UI team
1992- 1995 Claris Interface Design Group senior interaction designer : FileMaker, some releases of ClarisWorks
1995 UI Design Consulting with Newton Team
User Experience Lead at Google, Inc.
Working on mobile user experiences
Previous: Adobe, Good, Netscape...
Penny Bauersfeld
Varsity Networks
HIG '88 - '91. Projects: Color interfaces, 3D interfaces, interfaces for designers, interdisciplinary design. In 2003, co-founded Varsity Networks, specializing in web sites and services for high school sports teams. I manage design, customer relations, training and support, among other things. Also do occasional usability consulting for loyal clients. 1/3/05
Eric Gould Bear
Sr. Director, Yahoo!
(425) 830-4936 mobile
HIG/ATG Summer Intern '92: WalkAbout Dock & SK8 Audio Piles Founded MONKEYmedia in '94. At Microsoft '01-'03: UX Manager TabletPC & Hardware Innovation. Yahoo! '04-'05: Sr. Director of UX (mail, messenger, photos, personals, mobile, set-top, broadband). Currently managing MONKEYmedia's IP licensing program. 2/6/05
Rachel Bellamy
Interaction Designer
(914) 784-7587
ACOT 1993-95. Design Studio, 95-96. Learning Communities lab, 96-97. At IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, in NY, since March 1998. 5/26/98
Victoria Bellotti
Principal Scientist and Manager
Palo Alto Research Center
ATG-User-Experience Research, '94-97. Design ethnographer. Moved to PARC with the rest of UER in 1994. Manager of Socio-Technical and Interaction Research in PARC's Computing Science Laboratory. My main research area is task management but I'm also interested in Computer Mediated Communication, CSCW, Ubicomp and Contextual Computing. 12/01/05
Pete Bickford
Interface Designer
(408) 266-6883
Almost nine years at Apple, most recently as Sr. Scientist, Human Interface for Dev. Consulting. Left in March.
Currently heading Human Computing, an independent human interface consultancy and software development firm. 6/16/00
Elizabeth Boling
Associate Professor
Indiana University
Instructional Products G/FX Manager '88 - '92; manager for visual interface design, animation, engineering and production management of Mac Tour Disks, HyperCard Reference, System 7.0 Reference, Balloon Help, Apple Guide Associate Prof. & Dept. Chair of Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University. Teach visual & media design for instructional & information products; lead Interface Interest and Research Group (IIRG!) 1/18/00

Tom Bonura
Speech interaction design
and programming

ATG '87-2004: Intelligent Systems Program - A flexible manufacturing configuration system, agent architectures, an architecture for finding structured information in unstructured text and arbitrary content, integrating speech recognition and the GUI, MacOSX screen reader. Since Apple some consulting and some independent software development. Now I'm at a startup in Santa Cruz called Validus Medical Systems working on a really cool, robust physician information systems on PDA thin clients.  6/05/07
Edwin Bos
Yahoo! Europe
email failed 6/07
ATG '93 - '95, visiting scholar and contractor. I mainly worked on KidSim with Allen Cypher and Dave Smith. Went to Apt Productions after leaving ATG, helped them burn through $7 million in VC money and make only 2 educational CDs. Now user experience architect at Yahoo! Europe in London. 8/27/04

Kent Boucher
Accessibility/Usability Specialist
Cisco Systems, Inc.

Project Coordinator System Software, '89 to '93; Usability Lab Coordinator Human Interface Design Center (HIDC), '93 to '95; Usability Specialist, Claris '95 to '97;

Accessibility/Usability Specialist with in the Cisco Corporate Compliance Group. Working on the accessibility of Cisco VoIP solutions 7/09/07
Tom Brinck
Diamond Bullet Design
email failed 6/07
Summer Intern 87, 88, 89. Part-timer 89-90 while in school. Vivarium (working on Project Seed), then Business Learning Research (Mr. Fix-it). Tom co-founded Diamond Bullet Design in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1996. He now leads website design projects and does usability consulting. 10/25/98

Paula Z. Brown

Visual Interface Designer in the System Software group led by Bob Glass & Paulien Strijland
1992-1993. Designed icons and created control panel layouts
UED Knowledge Manager for Yahoo!
I work on a variety of projects that provide working resources and opportunities for career development for UED professionals across Yahoo!

Kevin Bury
Principal Designer at LinkedIn

Claris Interface Design Group, January 1996 through December 1997. UI design for ClarisWorks 5, Claris Home Page 2 and 3, and several other products that never saw the light of day. Inventor of the Claris Reanimatron. Principal Designer at LinkedIn. 7/14/08
Randy Carr
Software Guy
email failed 6/07
12 Apple years, since '82: Service: Apple // diagnostics; NSD: Inter*Poll, NodeCheck, etc.; System Software: Balloon Help, Apple Guide stuff; PIE: WALT (screen telephone); Portables: Autoremounter, etc.; Apple-Kalieda: ScriptX, COS; etc Inventor/ implementor for NavShell at PowerTV (AKA Kalieda). NavShell's an XML-derived, Javascript-driven, UI/ application development environment for settop boxes, such as the SA Explorer series. Someday we may ship it too!
Cesar Carrera
3D Visual Designer
Worked on OS X from 98 to 2001 defining the UI visual design (Aqua). I concentrated on the new high-resolution photorealistic 3D icons. Now developing 3D interfaces and designing visual identity at NVIDIA Corporation. 1/14/05
Ted Casey
HIG, QuickTime VR 1992-96, SweetPea UI, QuickTime VR v1.0-2.0, Star Trek Interactive Technical Manual, NBC News O.J. Simpson Trial, SF Asian Art Museum virtual tour C0-founder and SVP Corporate Development, GoFish Technologies Inc. ( 12/28/04
Jenifer Chaffee
Visual Interface Design
Mouse Works Media

Developer Tools '91-'92: AppleScript appearance and icons. HIDC '93-'95: Open Doc appearance and interface; System 8 appearance, themes, icons; etc. Claris Interface Design Group '95-'96, Art Director, Claris Organizer 2.0 appearance. Part owner and principal designer of MouseWorksMedia, established in 1996. MWM is a Visual Interface Design consulting business specializing in icons, controls, skins and various graphics for software and web applications. 7/10/07
Michael Chen
1987-1995. ATG HIG, 3D user interfaces, Apple Science CD Volumn I, notebook applications for pen computer, digital camera prototypes , Asian Art Museum of San Francisco virtual tour (, and QuickTime VR" Now working at a startup. 2/16/99
Lili Cheng
Human Interface Designer
HIG/ATG: '92--Russian Palace project with Mike Mills and Laura Teodosio, '93--QuickVR with Eric Chen, '94--Quicktime Conferencing with Eric Hoffert and Dean Blackketter. Microsoft Research: '95-present-- Social Computing Group ( Also have 3 boys, Nicky (7) and Julian (5) and Ely (1). 12/27/01
Harry Chesley
Apple history: Apple 86-94, ATG 88-90. In ATG: Apple HyperCard Toolkits (serial port -- including HyperBBS; MacTCP -- including a Usenet news reader; videodisc; etc.), Blipverts, Rumor Monger. Post Apple: Shockwave at Macromedia; Virtual Worlds/Social Computing Group at Microsoft Research. Now developing independent software. 12/27/01
Jonathan Cohen
HIG 1989-1994. Projects: Dynamic Documents/Quicktime, Transition Factory, Using sounds to monitor background activities. Since 1999, consulting as a programmer (Java, C++, Director/Lingo, Flash) and UI designer. Projects included museum exhibits, website coding, various prototypes, and a couple of shrink-wrapped digital video apps. 6/05/07
Eric Cooper
ATG (intern, then full-time) from '90 to '97. HIG '90: prototyping "How DoI..." help. ACOT/LTG: artificial life, media-rich collaboration, wireless, GPS, GIS, etc. Left in March. Learning in Motion, Santa Cruz. Bringing research projects to product. Working on 2nd generation CSILE (Knowledge Forum), and on several other projects from science outreach to K-2 math education. 12/8/97

Larry Cornett
Founder, Brilliant FORGE

I was with Apple's Human Interface Group from 5/95 - 2/98. I initially worked as the Design lead for the International system software group, then served as the Finder Design lead for both Mac OS 8 - 9 and Rhapsody (Mac OS X). am currently the founder of Brilliant FORGE, a consulting practice that provides advisory services to Fortune 500 companies and startups. Most recently, I was the Vice President of Consumer Products for Yahoo! Search. 7/23/10
David Cortright
Claris Interface Design Group: Aug. 1996 - Jan. 1998 UI designer for Emailer 2.0 and many terminated projects: Organizer and Emailer for Windows, Impact Japanese, BizMaker. Lead designer for innovation lab projects at Venrock—a venture capital firm. 3/4/08
Helen Cunningham

At Apple 1994-1997, first in ABS then HIDC. Worked on Cyberdog for two years (Great Product. I'm still using it daily). Then a few months on Rhapsody. At Sun Microsystems since 1/98. Working on scalable UI for complex server and storage management systems. Doing some research in 3D visualization methods. 12/9/99

Dave Curbow
Interaction Designer

'90-'92 Development Systems Group (ResEdit, MPW, AppleScript and various development environments). Early member of WHIM, one of many authors of Macintosh HI Guidelines. Transferred to Sysems SW as HI architect for OpenDoc ('92-'96). ATG Discourse Architecture Lab in '96, laid off March '97. Now at Cisco working on Telepresence, a high end video conferencing system. Exciting stuff! 5/09/07
Allen Cypher
End User Programming Research
'88-'97 ATG, Intelligent Interfaces group. Created Eager (an early intelligent agent), edited a book on Programming by Demonstration, created Cocoa (aka KidSim) with David C. Smith. At IBM Almaden Research Center, currently working on end user programming. 4/16/07

Michael Darius

'99-'04 Lead Feature Designer for WebAqua, WebMetal, Mac OS X Dashboard concepting, QT interactivity, .Mac: web + desktop app design, iTunes Music Store: conception, prototyping, workflows, patterns, PC Launch, Globalization, iMix, Audiobooks, Allowances, iPod integration, etc. iLife: iApps guidelines v1, iTunes printing, iWeb + GarageBand storyboarding

Still humanizing and designing meaningful branded product experiences.

I provide design consulting and advisory assistance for mid-entry level startups.

Lisa Louise Davis
Usability & UI Design Consultant
email failed 6/07
(206) 725-6369
Intern, employee, & consultant with UAD/HIDC 1993-99. Apple Network Administrator Toolkit, Location Manager, Password Security, Energy Saver, Control Panel Guidelines, FireWire Guidelines, etc. After six years as a UI design consultant, Lisa has recently joined Tangis, a Seattle-based startup company that designs software for wearable computers. She and her husband have two small children. 1/4/02
Anke de Jong
strategic/industrial/interaction design
Worked with the Industrial Design Group on Sparky, Otis, multi media keyboard, remote controls, etc.. Also: Extensions Mngr 4.0 and up, concept for sound controls, Performa guided tour, etc., etc. Independent consultant. My company, Ruby slippers, is based in Palo Alto and is part of a "confederation" (see "free agent nation") with MindSlippers, aka Larry Cornett (ex UI lead on Finder 8.5). 8/6/01
Chris DiGiano
Research Computer Scientist
HIG Summer '91. Project: Telespace (direct manipulation complement
to voice operated business phone).
Chris is a senior researcher at SRI's Center for Technology in Learning; he telecommutes to Menlo Park from Boulder CO. He designs and implements educational software and virtual learning communities. 1/2/02
Abbe Don
Senior Experience Design Researcher
Consumer Applications & Systems
HP Labs
ATG: In 1988, I started as a summer intern working on the Guides Project. I added first person video stories. From 1989 to 1992, the project was directed by Tim Oren in the Information Architecture and Access Group. I have my own interface design consulting business. Was founding Executive Producer for Electric Minds. Continuing a dual career as interface designer and independent media artist. 12/31/04
Paul Dourish
Software architecture
I worked in the Discourse Architecture Laboratory in ARL from August 1996 until May 1997. After three years at Xerox PARC, joined the faculty in Information and Computer Science at UC Irvine in 2000. 11/4/00
Terri Ducay
Manager, Claris Interface
Design Group

Manager: Claris Interface Design Department. 1995 - 1999. Responsible for the User Interface for the full range of Claris products. Netscape/AOL - Manager: User Information
Intuit: Director of Interaction Design for Turbo Tax
Now: Partner/Vice President, for Strategic and Information Design  at Cheskin
Elizabeth Dykstra-Erickson
User Experience

OpenDoc; Hardware; sound; QuickTime core components and QuickTime Player; QuickTime Streaming Server, RAdmin and other networking user interfaces; Design Awards 1996-2000.

Director of Advanced Design at Nokia in Sunnyvale, CA. Working on multimodality, speech technology, and design for mobile experiences.

Jesse Ellenbogen
interaction design / usability testing
ATG HIG intern '92, Newton & PowerBook usability testing '93, eWorld '94-'95 Leading DashJack iPod/car integration startup. Also occasional freelance usability testing, specializing in handheld devices. 12/22/04
Tom Erickson
Interaction Design & Research

HIG 88-92; ATG HI 93-97 (UEAO; UEL; DAL). Projects: Publish - Subscribe; Rosebud (precursor to AppleSearch); Scribe (electronic notebook); 3D speech and gesture interface; et al. (see home page). Tom telecommutes from Minneapolis to IBM's NY lab. He studies and network-mediated group communication systems, and is exploring the use of minimalist graphical representations of online activity called social proxies. 6/7/07

Dave Evans
Owlmonkey Consulting
UI Design & Engineering

HI Toolbox and SW Integration: 1991-2000
Drag Manager. PIM Apps. Mac SSW.
Independent Consulting. Designed the Mirra Personal Server, now by Seagate, and web services. Also recently designed or revised two additional backup products, another appliance storage device, and virtualization software. 6/05/07
Bill Fernandez
Consulting User Interface Architect
Bill Fernandez Design
(505) 346-3080
Apple's first employee (Woz, Jobs and Markkula were the first "employers"). Hardware-related work for Apple 1 & 2, Mac 128K, etc. UI design for HyperCard, System 7, Finder, QuickTime, AppleScript, Ofoto, AppleFax, AppleScan, etc. UI consultant based in Albuquerque with clients across the country. Most contracts are for web design, but also doing strategic business consulting. On board of directors of NM Information Technology and Software Association. 12/22/04

Nancy Frishberg
650.804.5800 (m)

At Apple from Su'93 - Sp '96 as a contractor in System Software, and Licensing Program Manager in Newton
UX strategist for hire. Currently, on a long term project doing user research for a financial services org (B to 1/12/12
Pabini Gabriel-Petit
Principal & User Experience Architect
Spirit Softworks
(831) 809-0992
1992-93: Human Interface Engineer in Enterprise Systems Division of Apple. Designed user interfaces for networking products, including Apple Internet Router. 2000-02: User Experience Manager at WebEx. Designed online meeting & collaboration software. 2003-04: Spirit Softworks, a user-experience design consultancy in Silicon Valley, specializing in the design of desktop & Web applications. 5/5/04
Mitchell Gass
uLab | PDA
+1 510 525-6864 (work)
Developer Technical Publications, Instructional Products, and engineering groups as employee and contractor 87-98. MPW, Family Farm, Apple Events and AppleScript, Pen Macintosh, PowerShare, Apple Media Tool, and QuickTime. Independent usability research and design consultant based in Berkeley, CA since 11/00 12/22/04
Bill Gaver
Interaction Design and Research
HIG '87 - '88, intern & contractor. In the mid-90's I consulted and received support for the Schedule Project at the RCA.
Bill is a Senior Research Fellow at the Computer Related Design department at the Royal College of Art in London. I'm currently working on a number of projects producing speculative designs for electronic projects, including, especially, one looking at 'ludic' technology for homes. 11/9/00

John Geleynse
Sr. Director Technology Evangelism

User Experience Evangelist 1999-2009, OS X HIG contributor, iOS HIG contributor, Apple Design Awards 2000-present Technology Evangelism @ Apple 02/01/14
Don Gentner
Human Interface Designer

A/UX 1989-92. A/UX was the Macintosh interface and Finder running on top of UNIX. How's that for the past being father to the future? Don passed away on Sunday, June 13, 2005. An account of his illness, concluding with an obituary and a brief account of his memorial service, can be found at 0811/05
Rob Girling
UI designer
email failed 6/07
425 706 9559
ATG HIG Intern 92. Winner of the 92 Student Interface Design Competition, and Finalist in 93. Joined Microsoft in 93. UI designer for MSOffice 95 & 97. Designer of 'Allegiance' online multiplayer game. Design Manager for Windows XP. Currently working on graphics technologies for future Windows releases. 12/27/01
Kate Gomoll
HIG ATG 1988-90; Instructional Products 1991. Manager, HIG & User Studies, Taligent 1992. Projects: Online help research, speech interfaces, AppleGuide help development, usability testing, workshops on user-centered design. Kate started her own consulting business in 1992. Gomoll Research & Design, Inc. is a consulting firm specializing in user-centered interface design. We're based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 10/29/97
Tom Gomoll
Interface Design,
Usability, + Research
Instructional Products 1988-89. Manager, User-aided Design Group 1990-92. Manager, Macintosh Human Interface Group 1992-94
Projects: Pandora "Open-the-Box" study; Happy Mac (plug-and-play Mac); PowerBook user studies + design; Macintosh System Software 7.5 interface; HyperCard manual.
Tom works at Gomoll Research & Design, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in human inteface design and usability for software and emerging technologies. We're doing some cool stuff on medical imaging, interactive TV, and electronic commerce. 10/28/97
Arno Gourdol
Software Designer
Mac Look & Feel 92-93: intern on PenMac (a pen-based Mac). HIPC/Muse 94-97: Maxwell, open and save, document model, assistance, contextual menus... 96-96: lead HI engineer for Mac OS 8 (Finder, appearance...) After a brief return to the land of fine wine and ripe cheese, I'm back at Apple teaching amazing new tricks to the Finder. 4/14/98
Mike Graves
Research & Systems Design

ATG 1989 to 1991: Collaborative Desktop project (*Chorus*). Apple University 1991 to 1994: NNable and Electronic Campus. ATG 1994 to 1997: India Healthcare Project and Need2Know Manages patent program, and works in other innovation and intellectual property issues at Intuit 6/11/07
Sally Grisedale
Senior Director Product Design
Yahoo, Sunnyvale California
(h) 650 298 9565
Interface Design Input to following projects: 93 - Reminders, Lucretia, Tea; 94 - 3Desque (Mac OS with shadows); 95 - India HealthCare Project; 96 - Project X - navigable meta space; 97 - Managed Interaction Design Team, Big Table Project 1998 Interaction Design Director, Studio Archetype
1999 Senior User Interface Designer, Excite Corp.
Dan Gruen
Cognitive Science/
User Experience Design
(617) 693-5786
Observational research and field studies on everyday activities and interruptions with folks at ATG while getting my PhD in Cognitive Science at UCSD under Don Norman.

Research Scientist at Lotus working with stories in design, synchronous groupware, portable devices, information visualization. Planning a design competition modeled in part on the Apple Design Projects. 1/18/00
Alexander Grunsteidl
Interaction Architect
Joined in 95 on the India Healthcare Project including various Newton technology driven interface explorations. Together with the Interaction Design team prototyped the Big Table Project. From 1998 til 2005, Senior Interaction Architect at IDEO in London. Founded in 2005 together with partner, who he met at as part of the Apple Design Project 10 years earlier. We are redefining the physical retail experience of consumer electronics and services in the age of internet. 7/23/06

Philip Haine
Interactive Product Designer
Product Vision Specialist

Claris Interface Design Group 1994 - 1997 - lead interaction designer. Designed Claris Organizer 2.0 (now Palm Desktop), ClarisImpact, ClarisDraw. Consulted on many more including ClarisEmailer & FileMaker. Founded Obvious Design in 1997, a San Francisco interactive product design and product vision consultancy. Past clients: Gap Inc, Broderbund, Akamai, Palm Computing, Adobe, Yahoo!, Autodesk and Intuit. Editor, Steal This Idea. 6/05/07

Austin Henderson
Director, Knowledge Management, Advanced Concepts & Technology, Pitney Bowes
35 Waterview Dr, MS 26-31, Shelton, CT, 06484
+1-203-650-5096 (m)
+1-203-924-3932 (w)

Managed the User Interface Laboratory (June 95-April 96), and the Discourse Architecture Laboratory (May 96-March 97). Personal Focus on co-production of activity by people and their machines..
Director, Knowledge Management, in research (AC&T) at Pitney Bowes. Responsible for people in research knowing what others are doing, and in supporting the connection with the lines of business.



Charlie Hill
User Interface
617 693 5046 (work)
ATG Human Interface Group, then User Experience Research, 92-97. Focused on designing and prototyping coordination environments - tools for managing your activities and interations with others - and hardware-software integration.

At Lotus in Cambridge, MA. Product Design Architect for web-based teamware applications. Recently shipped Instant!TEAMROOM 1.5, a rentable browser-based discussion tool for inter-organizational teams. 8/25/98
Avril Hodges
User Centered Design
email failed 12/01
w 650 817 6716
c 650 281 1030
HIG 1987-88, GFX/Instructional Products 1989-91. Mac icons 1987-88, UI design for various Desk Accessories. UI design lead for Hypercard 2.0 Help, Macintosh Basics, Balloon Help, initiated work on designing the font family for Apple Guides. Since 9/99. Manager of usability testing for Openwave worldwide. Design and usability testing of browser and applications for wireless devices. 12/28/01
Pat Holleran
Software Developer
1989-1997. Managed HI groups in Networking & Communications, Enterprise Systems, Collaborative Systems, and the Internet Products Group. Projects included System 7 networking, AppleShare, Apple Remote Access, PowerTalk, Cyberdog, several dozen others. Served as project manager and Engineering Lead on Cyberdog. AT&T Labs, 1998-1999. Now principal, Shannon Technologies, developer of software based on Cocoa, Carbon, Java, and Internet technologies. 1/1/02
Matt Holloway
User Experience/Product Strategies
Was in ATG as design lead on Dewey and helped develop Activity Based Computing paradigms and information appliances. Before ATG, I managed the Apple Business Systems UI team. In 2005 took over SAP's Design Services Team, a design strategy and business consulting team reporting directly to the CEO. Consulting with SAP?s executives, customers, and creating university partnerships for design. 6/05/07
Lisa Holzhauser
email failed 12/01
650.846.4545 (fax)
UAD '90 - '93 & HIDC '93 - '97. Worked mostly on Imaging projects (cameras, scanners, printers, displays) but also on sound and hardware/software integration issues. Reported to be at Intuit as of December 2003. 12/3/03
Stephanie Houde
Product Designer
At Apple I was a member of the Advanced Technology Group. I spent most of my time designing interfaces for multimedia and 3D authoring tools. Now I'm the Director of Product Design at Bitstream, Inc. in Boston. I'm designing a suite of authoring tools for variable, data base driven publishing. 4/19/99
Channing Hughes
email failed 6/07
Instructional Products (editor, writer, manager, localization manager), 1987-2000. Worked on a wide variety of hardware and software products. AppleWorks team (HI designer, engineering project manager), 2000-2001. Just finished master's in conservation biology. Currently doing volunteer wildlife conservation field work in southern Africa for a few months. Plan to continue my schooling in Fall of 2006. 1/15/06
Eric A. Hulteen
user interface design
The only member of the Human Interface Group (HIG) from inception (1985) to demise (1993). After HIG I remained in ATG until its termination in September 1997. Looking for a full-time user experience design position in the San Francisco Bay Area. 7/06/09
Scott Jenson
Human Interface Designer
1988-1992 System Software Human Interface (lots of 7.0 work) Started WHIM by having lunch with Annette Wager. 1992-1997 Joined Newton group and worked on designed many of Newton and EMate applications. Living in Minneapolis doing freelance consulting work for consumer electronic and mobile phone companies. Professional site is 12/22/04

Todd Junkin
Media Consulting
+ 1 408 505 9286 (mobile)
+ 1 916 290 9321 (VoIP)

Video production and support of all HIG events and ATG events. Video Engineering for all ATG labs including HIG lab. WWDC content producer and live show guy. Currently TJmedia Consulting LLC. SEM, SEO and Video Production. Currently working with a large search company in Mountain View on design, engineering, producing, and directing projects that need that video janitor touch. : ) 6/05/07
Lori Kaplan
UI Designer
1986-1996: UI and documentation for hardware, system software and developer tools. Authored MHIG with the assistance and support of the Apple HI community. Joined Netscape (again) in November '01. Managing the UI design group working on the next generation of browser, email, calendar, IM, and composer products. 12/27/01
Kevin Knabe
Instructional Products 1988-1998. Did usability testing of user manuals and online help. Designed the HI for the Apple Help Viewer. User Experience Architect at Rodale, in eastern PA. Doing IA and user research for (See



Matthew Leacock
Interaction Designer
Claris Interface Design Group, September 1997 to March 1998. Principal interaction designer for Yahoo! working on community products. Prior to Yahoo! was at Netscape/AOL from 1998 to 2004. 01/02/06
Frank Leahy
Web Tools Engineering
Mr. Menu Manager on the Mac II (86-87); 3 1/2 years on Pink (the project that was always 2 years away) (87-91); ATG HIG on Scribe (91-92); and WALT, the screen-based telephone (92-93). After returning from 2 years in the UK, I joined, leaving as Director of Engineering. In May 2007 I moved to Federated Media where I am also Director of Engineering. 6/25/07
Jean-Luc Lebrun
ATG: Scripted the first Apple Video on Apple User Interface with Joy Mountford and Don Norman. Known as "Agent Pierre" to the Apple developers attending the WWDC; Main job: Excite Apple customers and developers by displaying Apple's advanced Technology worldwide. Trainer for Agency for Science Technology and Research in Singapore. Author of "Scientific Writing, a reader and writer's guide,World Scientific, 2007. What should written science read like if scientists applied HI principles to writing. 10/15/09
Nicole Leduc
Manager, Voice interface Services, Nuance
Apple History: ATG contractor 1990-95, mostly to HIG and HIDC, doing user studies/usability testing (Ansel, Pippin, Eager, Eiger,and assorted interfaces) and video production. Designing voice user interfaces for speech recognition applications (voice internet/voice browser products) and conducting user research, as well as trouble shooting and consulting. Also having lots of fun! 1/2/02
Ron Lichty
(h) 415-564-2697
Development Tools Product Marketing '88-'89; Apple IIGS HI/engineer/manager '90-'91; Mac Finder manager '91-'94. Projects: Apple IIGS System 6 Finder, et al. Macintosh System 7.1 and 7.5 Finders, et al.; OS 8 Finder. VP Eng, Forensic Logic, San Francisco. Previously managed development at Razorfish, Berkeley Systems (screen savers), Schwab, Fujitsu (WorldsAway), and mFactory (mTropolis), and product management at Macromedia (Flex). 08/18/06
Don Lindsay
Director, Design for Microsoft Live Labs
Kicked off the Mac OS X design initiative and directed the UX team through the first four releases of OS X. Directly contributed to Mac OS 8.0 through 10.3. Since Apple, shipped another little operating system; Windows Vista. Am currently building a new UX team for Microsoft Live Labs focused on rapid deployment of new internet technologies, services and search experiences. Always looking for talent. 6/05/07
Alex Liston
From Jun'91 to Feb'97: ATG HIG, UAD, Taligent HIT, and HIDC.

I currently manage a multi-disciplinary UI design team at TiVo. 7/17/07
Frank Ludolph
Interaction design
email failed 6/5/07
Lisa '80-'83, ATG '83-'90, Pink '90-'92. Lisa Desktop Manager (Filer), Fabrik end-user programming, Pink desktop

Sun Microsystems, Menlo Park. Working on UIs for various bits of Solaris

Bryan MacDonald
Director, Product Development, Maximus
PowerSchool 2000-2003, Product Design Manager for PowerSchool Enterprise (WebObjects-based Student information system). Scout project (online gradebook) functional requirements and visuals approval. Managing QA, design, software engineering, and documentation teams for Education Systems division of MAXIMUS, focused on SchoolMAX product line. J2EE version of SchoolMAX is being deployed at Los Angeles Unified School District, #2 in the US. 4/15/05
Richard Mander
Human Interface, Interactive Media, and QuickTime Groups. Usability Engineering on future OS, digital cameras, projectors, multimedia, PIMs, and workplace systems. Managed QuickTime VR team through version 2.0, a cross platform API for immersive photo-reality. Principal at Zanzara, a consulting company providing customer research, usability engineering, and interface design to Fortune 500 and startup companies. Recently authored 'Web Usability for Dummies'. 12/27/01
Anne McClard
'93 Intern in HIG. I think I was the first anthropologist hired at Apple, immediately preceeding others (Mimi, Nardi, and Anderson) Projects included the Westin Hotel Study and Reminders.
I've finished my ethnographic novel and am looking for a publisher. I am working for a company called Doxus ( that specializes in strategic market research--still technology focused, still using ethnographic methods. 12/31/04
Tim McCollum
email failed 6/07
Worked at Apple from 94-97. Worked on AppleShare IP 5.0, Palio, MacOS 8. File Sharing. Later managed the HIDC usability labs; managed the Rhapsody tools group; worked on Rhapsody network administration tools. Working at Hewlett Packard with Don Norman. Defining the next generation of computing devices: information appliances. 3/9/98
Desiree McCrorey
User Interface Architect Extraordinaire
1993 - 1994 Apple's Networking & Communications products (Macintosh Application Environment, Apple Remote Access, etc.) Currently UI Architect & Web Producer at 6/05/07
Sue McGarry
User Interface Design
Started in '95. Worked on never-shipping revision to Open Transport control panels. '97, took on Navigation Services. '98, took over the Finder when Larry Cornett left. UE Product Mgr at MediaFLO USA, Qualcomm's Mobile TV division 7/12/08
Alison M. Mettler
User Interface Designer
email failed 12/01
Human Interface Designer in the HIDC and ABS groups from 1994-1997. Projects: HyperCard 3.0, QuickTime, AppleShare Client for Windows, AppleSearch Client for Windows, CD+ Audio Player, Radio Tuner application. Senior Interaction Designer at PalmSource/ACCESS designing mobile software solutions for handheld devices as well as desktop applications. 05/19/06
Gordon Meyer
Human Interface Engineer
(408) 974-6951
Instructional Products 1996-present. HI for Apple Help, Tutorials, and User Assistance-related projects. 12/22/04
Susan Michalak
Interaction Designer
emai failed 6/07
HIDC '94-'97, CPU Software '97-'99. Apple Trackpad I & II, Hollywood, PowerBook G3, docking stations, PowerBook control panels, Apple Airport, USB and Firewire guidelines. Susan worked at Intel (from '99 to mid-'01) on wireless networking (Bluetooth and 802.11b) and usability measurement tools. Susan now works as a consultant. She lives with her husband and two cats in Portland. 1/21/02
Dana Schneider Miller
User Experience Research Manager, Yahoo! Inc. failed 6/5/07
Intern, Summer 1995, HIDC, worked on text-to-speech in ATG Manage the User Experience & Research group, which supports the usability and field study research for all of Yahoo!'s U.S. .com products. 11/6/00
Justin Miller
Senior Vice President, Product Management and Design. Move Inc.
408-916-1338 (Skype in)
ABS and HIDC as intern from '93-95. Then HIDC as a real employee until late '97, worked on Cyberdog primarily, also other internet products and Rhapsody. Leading the Product Management and Design organization at Move Inc. Responsible for,, and several other sites. Living in the bay area.

Mark Miller
Learning Technologies
email to failed 6/07
866-801-8667 (fax)

I joined ATG in June, 1988 to begin a project called Business Learning Research. At various times I managed larger groups and served as Director of a lab which focused on learning in a variety of contexts. I left in May, 1997. President and Executive Director of The Miller Institute for Learning with Technology (dba We help school districts, non-profits, and educational technology vendors with: technology plan preparation; staff development; network design, implementation, and troubleshooting; and grant applications. 12/22/04

Mike Mills
Dir. of User Experience, Advanced Products Group, Yahoo! or
408.203.8533 (cell) or 650-599-9775

1989 - 94. HIG: Headed Dynamic Documents project that pioneered digital video and utlimately became QuickTime. Original QuickTime team: Lead designer of the HI; other projects included Virtual 3D Scenes and Interactive QuickTime. After 4 years at Stanford, I joined Yahoo in 2005. I’m now Director of User Experience in the Advanced Products group (as opposed to the common, ordinary products). Finally moved off my sailboat after 5 years, but still have my daysailer. 6/08/07
Elizabeth Robinson Moller
emoller at standfordalumni dot org
Apple History: Finder HI person after John Sullivan. Worked on much of the original Finder and Appearance design that went into System 8. Currently a part-time consultant, working with lots of former Apple HI folks! 6/05/07
Joy Mountford
  Now at Yahoo 11/14/97
Bonnie Nardi
Worked in ATG from 1993-97 on Data Detectors, the Lincoln High Digital Photography CD-ROM, and Teaching Digital Photography for High School teachers, an online course. I'm a faculty member at UC Irvine. My newest book (with Victor Kaptelinin) is Acting with Technology: Activity Theory and Interaction Design. I'm studying role playing games (I'm a level 70 Night Elf priest in World of Warcraft) and investigating business applications of Second Life. 7/10/07

Per Nielsen
Director of User Experience, MediaFLO USA Inc.

Copland Workspaces, Mac OS 8 Finder, Rhapsody Manage the User Experience Group at MediaFLO USA 06/23/08
Don Norman

Apple Fellow, 1993-97. User Experience Architect, 1993-96. Vice President, ATG/Apple Labs, 1996-97. Don moves on, emphasizing pleasure and enjoyment, not just utility and usability. He serves on multiple advisory boards, co-directs a joint MBA/Engineering program at Northwestern (, which means his dream of combining design, efficient operations and engineering, and the world of business is now coming true. He is active with his company, the Nielsen Norman group. His latest book is The Design of Future Things.



Dan O'Sullivan
Intern during the summer of 1991. Worked with the Quicktime team developing "Navigable Movies" (QTVR). In a desperate attempt to become Mike Mills, I went back to teach at NYU. Now Associate Chair at ITP 6/05/07
Kerry Ortega
Human Interface Design
HIDC - '95-97' HI designer on OpenDoc. HI designer of the quicktime movie/VR part, 3D part, and text part. Unfortunately, Apple killed it in March of 1997.

I'm a UI designer at IBM in Raleigh working on tools for managing servers (e.g. monitoring hardware errors, CPU usage, real-time power usage, viewing trend information for a single server or group of server, etc.).

Jim Palmer
Instructional Products: HyperScan, HyperCard, Apple Guide; HIDC: Casper, MASH, Copland. Manager of Human Interface at Liberate Technologies doing TV/Web convergence stuff and other information appliances. 12/27/01
Paige K. Parsons
Principal Consultant
Emma Jane Consulting
(650) 320-8822
UI Architect for Apple Dylan (92-95) at the now defunct Cambridge ATG in Cambridge, MA. UI designer at HIDC from 95-96. Initially working with the PowerBook division, and then with the MUSE UI team on internet integration in the MacOS. Consulting on a part-time basis. 6/05/07
Rod Perkins
email failed 6/07
Lisa '79-'83: LisaDraw, LisaCalc, UI Toolkits, Classcal; ERG '83 Early Apple research group; ATG 87-'92: Spider collaborative work & multimedia network, QuickTime Videoconferencing; PIE '93: Interactive Television, EzTV implementation I am now principle software architect at Canal Plus, a french owned cable company that is trying to introduce ITV into the US market place.We are doing several things that are similar to the EzTV and other early ITV ideas. 7/5/01

Rachel Powers
Principal Designer, Visde

2001-2003 Human Interface Design for iTools/.mac & iApps (Cupertino) and PowerSchool (Folsom). Founder and Principal Designer of Visde in Chicago, IL.
Blaine Price
Lecturer in Computing
The Open University, UK
HIG Summer intern'89 with Penny Bauersfeld working on 3D (Munsell) color picker Went to England in 1991 for a year and forgot to come back. Current research is in Privacy and Data Protection, esp. in ubiquitous computing. Married an Irish lass and we have 2-4 children (born from 1984-2000). 03/15/05
Eric Quakenbush
Human Interface Designer
Worked in the GFX group in instructional Products from 87-93 as an Interface Designer. Worked on the Macintosh Electronic Tutorials, a myriad of Mac Basics Tours, HyperCard 2.0 Help, HyperScan 2.0
Quakenbush Design now has offices in California and Hawaii and has been specializing in UI and IA design for useful web-based apps and interactiveTV products. 6/22/07
Gene Z. Ragan
UI Technical Director at PDI/Dreamworks Animation

Came to Apple in 2001 as part of the Eazel exodus. Joined the "User Experience" group working on Finder, Spotlight and implicit query research. Left in 2007.

Working at PDI/Dreamworks helping direct the look and usability of proprietary tools used to create feature-length animated films. 7/05/07

Cordell Ratzlaff
Director, User-Centered Design
408 902-3614

At Apple '90-'99. Designed interfaces for networking, communications, Internet, and system software products. Managed various human interface groups including N&C, Apple Business Systems, HIDC, HIG.`
Currently leading the design of Cisco's desktop and mobile VoIP phones, and audio, video, and web collaboration products. 8/12/07
Michal Anne Rogondino
Chief Creative Officer
Interface designer
Rocket Communications, Inc.
email failed 6/07
(415)863-0101 x31
Intern '89 - '90 with GFX, Pink, Blue (Color Map, icons, etc...). UI & VI design consultant '90 - '97 for Merlin HR tool, Powerbook Group (Control Strip, File Assistant...), Future Share, MacTV, & many others... Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Rocket Communications (Rocket), Graphical User Interface (GUI) design studio for Fortune 500 and smaller companies, including AOL, Autodesk, Cisco, eBay, HP, Motorola, PalmSource, Sun. 4/9/04
Janice Anne Rohn
Manager, Usability Labs and Services
email failed 6/07
Macintosh HIG '90-'92--usability engineer and designer on System 7.0, QuickTime, Quadras, Powerbooks. Also created an interface class for AppleU. Started Usability Engineering group at Sun, designed and built usability labs in Mountain View, Menlo Park, and Colorado. Offer usability and design services across Sun and also for outside Sun customers. 11/4/00

John Rohrlich

HIG 1989-1991. The Pen-Mac project 1992. Finder Team 1993-1995. Development lead at the National Center for Genome Resources followed by work at Applied Biosystems as Chief Architect and then a few years at BEA Systems as a product architect . Currently looking for another paid adventure.



Arlo Rose
Senior Director, Yahoo! Inc.

'93 - '97, HIDC and HIT: Helped create prototypes for future technologies. Was HI Lead on Theme based Appearance and, Mac OS 8 Appearance and Toolbox projects. Designed the Mac OS 8.5 aural interface. Since Apple I've founded and folded three startups, worked on making Linux easier to use, encryption for anyone, and consumer server UIs.  Currently working on Widget technology at Yahoo! as part of the acquisition of my product Konfabulator. 11/29/05
Daniel M. Russell
User Experience in the large;
Joined Apple ATG in July 1993 to work on intelligent agents and UIs. Set up the User Experience Research group in mid-1994 and managed it until March, 1997 when I formed the Knowledge Management Technology lab. Now at Google in the Search Quality group, building a user-side experience data team to collect and interpret user behavior to search quality engineering. Bridging UI design, usability, consumer products and research. 12/28/01
Harry Saddler
Interaction Designer
ATG: User Experience Research group; ATG Design Research group; User Experience Architect's Office; Director of Apple Design Project '94, '95, '96. Developer Press Electronic Media Group (Making It Macintosh HI CD). UE architect at NASA Ames Research Center, designing a component-based user experience for present (International Space Station) and future (Constellation) mission control. Previously Chief Info Architect at Sun, Dir. of Technology at MetaDesign, and staff researcher at Xerox PARC. 6/19/07
Gitta Salomon
Interaction Designer
415.391.0271 (fax)
HIG August 1987 through November 1993. Projects included: demos for the first Apple CD-ROM player, color neural net, "Rosebud" (precursor to AppleSearch), "Sybil" - future desktop interfaces, "EWig" - adaptive interfaces. Gitta is currently principal of Swim Interaction Design Studio, a design consultancy, based in San Francisco. 10/5/98

Amy Satran
interface & information design
email to failed 6/07
415 586 6525

Instructional Products, '87-'92. Wrote Mac tutorials & reference materials in various media. "Experimental" documentation.
Managing Director, Ignition, Inc., San Francisco. We're an interactive product design firm that specializes in solving complex communication/ interactive design problems for clients in business, education, and the nonprofit sector. 8/16/99
Sara Sazegari
Sr. Human Factors Specialist

650 944-2938
ATG, HIG 1988 - 1992. Taligent 1992 - 1995. Independant consultant 1995 - 1996. HIDC 1996-1997 Left WebMD in February of 2001. Currently at Intuit, since March 2001 8/6/01

Kurt Schmucker
Senior Evangelist, Macintosh Business Unit, Microsoft

Scientific Computing Project '88-92. ATG HIG '92-94. ATG Applications Technology Group '94-96. Learning Technology Group '97-'98. K-12 Education Marketing, '98-'00. Was VP for Mac Products at Connectix, which was acquired by Microsoft in 2003. Now Senior Mac evangelist in the Mac team at Microsoft. 8/25/08
Geoff Schuller
User Interface Designer
I joined the OpenDoc Design team in 1995, released OpenDoc 1.0, designed several OpenDoc "parts" (Draw, Sound, ImageViewer) and worked w/ lots of other great folks throughout all of Apple. Currently at FileMaker, Inc designing the next-generation FileMaker Pro products. Prior to my current job (and since Apple), I've worked at Claris, Adobe, Flashpoint and Calico Commerce. 6/05/07
Eduardo Sciammarella
Senior Interface Designer
212-833-6420 (phone)
212-833-6426 (fax)
  Sony Design Center | 126 5th Ave. 2nd flr | NY NY, 10011 3/27/98
Abi Sellen
Senior Researcher
Microsoft Research Cambridge (UK)
HIG summer intern in the summers of '87 and '88. Worked on help systems, 2D controllers for 3D objects, and input devices for the laptop. Now at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, UK, where I co-manage a group with Richard Harper called "Socio-Digital Systems". 1/22/07
Royston Sellman
Motorcycle Mechanic
w:+44 (0)117 992 8472
h:+44 (0)114 266 0907
'93-'97 Projects: SK8: mondo programming leviathan (Apple's attempt to boost semiconductor RAM industry); Catalyst: <secret purpose> app (so good the press got screen dumps before we even built it); Lens: World's largest (and best) AppleScript. HP Labs, Bristol, UK. Working on portable internet gadgets. But HP make those defibrillator things they have in 'ER' so I'm trying for a transfer. 1/10/98
Lynn Shade
HIG '95 to '97. Japan liaison working with Apple Tech on Kotoeri (Japanese Input Method), Korean and Chinese Input Method research, Japanese theme project, etc.. Claris '92 to '95. Artist. 6/08/07

Mark Shurtleff
Interaction Designer, Applications User Experience Strategy Group, Oracle

FileMaker Interaction Designer for 1 year. Worked on UI for FileMaker Pro5, FileMaker Server, FileMaker 5 Unlimited Servlet, and FileMaker futures prototype. I am now a member of the user experience group at PeopleSoft -- Oracle as of Dec 28, 2004 -- in Pleasanton CA. I encourage people to "linkin" to me at 6/05/07

Robin Silberling
Interaction Designer

1987 - 1991: HyperCard team – Q/A, some UI, and example stacks in 2.0.
1991 - 1993: Pink/Taligent UI team.
1993 – 1995: BAM! Software (educational multimedia); 1995 – 1998: Netscape Client and Server UI teams (Browser and server products); 1998 – 2002: Allegis (B2B Enterprise web app); 2003 + Freelance/consulting in Austin, Texas
Michael Elliot Silver
email failed 6/7/07
At Apple 89-95. Designed the UI for AppleLink 6.0 and 6.1. Did design work on eWorld. Design work praised by Don Norman. Wrote book "Inside CCL." Managed AppleLink Development, International Software Development, and Communications and Connectivity Engineering groups. See more at CIO of the Portola Group, Inc. ( Founder, acting CIO of NetLens, Inc. (
Nancy Silver
Interaction Designer
650 325 6800
ATG User Experience Group 94-95. Projects: Trimline, a hardware-software integration research project; Timestore, a time-based visualization of email.
A principal at Nectarine Group, a user experience design firm that works exclusively with technology companies to design easy to use and enjoyable software for the digital home and mobile domains.. 6/05/07
Melissa Sleeter
Senior Interaction Designer

13 years at Apple. Macintosh Tutorial & OpenDoc for Instructional Products '92-'96. HIDC '96-'97. Senior Designer/Manager for Apple's Server UI group '97-'05: Apple Remote Desktop, Xsan, generations of Mac OS X Server.

Currently on hiatus. Update when available. 11/21/08
Ian Small
Apple '89-'95. HIG '89-'93: animation at the interface, QuickTime, digital cameras/Ansel, iTV, adaptive interfaces/eWig, SweetPea UI (on loan to PIE). QuickTime VR '94-'95: Turned vision into reality, shipped v1.0, and left soon after. Now Vice President, Products at Mark Logic Corporation, a startup trying to do for document content what the relational database does for tables. 10/8/04
David C. Smith

Red (next generation Mac); OpenDoc (component software); KidSim (programming by children); after demise of ATG, cofounded Stagecast Software and produced a commercial version of KidSim called Creator (see No longer a computer scientist. Now an amateur photographer and historian. Sold our house and bought an RV in which my wife and I have been traveling around the continent since 7/04. 12/17/07

Mitch Stein
Principal, SteinDesign

Mac Developer '84-'93. Director, Human Interface Technologies '93-'96 (Included HI Design Center & HI Product Center [Finder, Chooser, Installer, etc.], Cyberdog, Speech Products, Jonathan, Program Director for Edison OS, ...) Digital Video Recorders, music players & home networking @ Home-Run (96-97); IBM Research, Sr. Manager of consumer Systems and Software (97-02); Consulting et al. @ SteinDesign (02-05). 8/10/07
Paulien Strijland
Sr. Director of Engineering
650 854 7567 (h)
1989-1997 HIDC. Worked in various capacities, managing HIDC for many years. Helped ship many products, including all OS releases from 7.0 through 8.5. Director User Experience Design and Quality Management from 1997 - 1999. Sr. Director of Engineering at Netflip, a web-based direct marketing company. Enjoying life at a start-up and learning lots about advertising. 10/20/02
John Sullivan
At Apple '88 - '92. Scott Jenson and I were the two founding members of System Software HIG, later known as HIDC. Worked on innumerable aspects of System 7 HI, especially Finder. AAfter leaving Apple, designed & implemented software at General Magic, Electric Communities, WebTV, and Eazel, Inc. Since 2001 back at Apple working on Safari. 7/10/07
Dag Svanaes
Assistant Professor
email failed 6/07
In the fall of '96 I was a visiting scholar at Apple ATG in Sphorer/Cypher's group during a sabbatical. I was originally invited in by Stephanie Houde. I did work related to KidSim, SK8, and on the phenomenology of interaction. I'm an assistant professor in Computer Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. I teach Interaction Design and Object-Oriented Programming. My professional interests, besides phenomenology, are Tangible User Interfaces and End-User Programming. 4/23/99
Stan Taylor
650-944-6967 (w)
I started in '96 with HIDC. I worked on HI for system software from OS 7.6
through OS X 10.3.
Currently working on QuickBooks at Intuit, enjoying a great user centered
design focus and working with former colleagues from Apple and IBM, and

Larry Tesler

Lisa Applications Mgr '80-'82; User Interface Council Chair '81-'82; Founding VP ATG '86-'90; VP Newton/PIE '90-'93; Chief Scientist '93-'97; AIS/eWorld CTO '95; VP AppleNet '96; 'Final VP, ATG, '97. Product Fellow at 23andMe. Working on user experience and innovation. 6/24/09
Bruce Tognazzini
Web Design
email failed 6/07
Apple History: Employee #66. July, 1978, to March, 1992. Started hi design, hi testing, hi group. Published 40+ applications. Wrote various manuals and books. Last job: Human Interface Evangelist. Principal, Nielsen Norman Group. Publisher, 10/3/00
Michael W. Tschudy
User Experience & Product Strategy Consultant
ATG: '93 Personal Apple Library; Apple Soft: '93 Graphing Calculator, Installer; ATG: '93-'97 Frogger, India Healthcare Project
Providing UE/Product Design and Management Strategy consulting to a variety of companies in the Networking, Enterprise and Consumer Markets. 4/14/04
Jeff Tycz
650-325-6800 x121
Visual and Interaction design. Macintosh HIG, Summer '92, ATG HIG '93, Consultant to Apple with Alben+Faris '92-'96, Quicktime VR & AHIG System Software UI Group '96-'97. A principal at Nectarine Group, a user experience design firm that works exclusively with technology companies to design easy to use and enjoyable software for the digital home and mobile domains. Recently been working on IPTV, PVR, and GPS products. 06/05/06
Leslie Carlson Vaughan
User Interface Designer
email failed 6/7
Worked 2 years at Claris as a Visual Interface designer. Worked primarily on Claris Home Page, among other projects. Continued to work at FileMaker Inc., left July 1998. Working on a start up opportunity in addition to UI consulting. 1/20/00
Gina (nee Dan) Venolia
Interaction Designer
Fifteen years at Apple. Shipped LisaTerminal, developed Mac mouse acceleration algorithms, lead Apple Game Sprockets. Lots of 3D work, including Toy Box and QD3D UI Guidelines. Pen Mac (Rosetta). ATG '83-'95, HIG '92-'94 (?). Started at Microsoft Research in October '98 in the Speech group. Now working on social computing and communication interfaces. 11/10/00
Harry Vertelney
Sun Labs Individual Contributor
Individual Contributor and Manager in ATG 1985 thru 1992. Spider (multimedia collab. computing), Smartifacts (task specific computing), Talk To My House, Created Applications Laboratory 1987, Systems Technology Group DARPA-HPCS Program - part of the administration and operations team. HPCS is about high productivity computing (aka super computing) though moving ahead, we want to make them easier to program and more available; more productive. 12/22/04

Laurie Vertelney
director of user experience design, nectarine group
wk: 650 325-6800 x123

HIG '87-'94; Projects: Scribe (electronic notebook), Ansel (digital photography), Stamps (interface for tagging), Interfaces for Small Computers. Director of User Experience Design at Nectarine Group-a user experience design firm that works exclusively with technology companies to design easy to use consumer software, websites, digital home and mobile products.   07/08/08
David Vronay
Creative Director
Microsoft Advanced Technology Center in Beijing
1987 to 1992. One of the developers of SK8.  Later moved on to the HyperMovie effort, with Mills, Leo, Stephanie, and Lili. I am currently the Creative Director at Microsoft's Advanced Technology Center in Beijing, China. I also run the design studio here. Feel free to come visit! 6/05/07
Annette Wagner
Human Interface Human
wk: 408.276.7609
The Lisa computer typefaces and iconic language, MacDraw II, the Finder 5.3 through 7.0 alpha HI prototypes, the first One-Button Installer, the Pink team (which later became Taligent), etc. 1981 - 1992.

Senior User Experience Lead for the Client Software Group in the consumer mobile area. Focus is on strategy and future directions. Products include JavaME MIDP standard which is on millions of cell phones around the world.




Bill Walker
Research Pianist

Intern in the the Distributed Objects Group (6 months): worked on a framework for building distributed OpenDoc part editors. User Experience Research group (2.5 years): built groupware prototypes using AppleScript, C++, and Java. Now at Reactivity, the leading provider of deployment infrastructure used by enterprises to realize the promise of Web services. Update: eactivity was aquired by Cisco in March 2007. 6/22/07
Todd Warfel
Principal User Experience Architect
(607) 339-9640
Consulted on Apple's QuickTime gallery Web site.
Principal User Experience Architect at Message First - a small consulting firm in NY specializing in user research, information architecture, interaction / interface design, and usability. Give us a call. 10/14/03
Tim Wasko
Visual Interaction Designer
Came over from NeXT in '97, Web Applications group. HIG '97-'00: Worked on Rhapsody, OS X DP1 through DP4 , Public Beta. Visual design of Quicktime 4.0 and iMovie 2.0. Apple Applications Group '00-present: Design Manager for iLife (iTunes, iDVD, iMovie, iPhoto and GarageBand) and iPod. 10/17/04
Kathleen Watson
Interface Designer
email failed 6/5/07
Claris Interface Design Group - July '96 to May 98. Lead interaction designer for FileMaker. (Left FileMaker to work for Lotus and Financial Engines '98-'99. Returned again to FileMaker end of '99.) Interface Design Group Manager at FileMaker 1/11/00
Doris Wells-Papanek
Tailored Learning Tools
Design Consultant and Learning Coach
wk: 847.615.9957
cell: 847.772.9959
Managed the Developer Tools Human Interface Group. Project lead for Apple's developer technical documentation viewer. Visual design of System 7.0 as well as network, communication, and manufacturing applications. Designed visual appearance of Cyberdog, Apple's first internet browser. 1989-96 Doris applies brain-based research to design tailored learning tools for education and business. She is the co-author of five brain-based instructional books. Doris works with design professionals, design students, and business to integrate users' mindsets and learning processes into sustainable product development. 7/10/07
Kate Withey
Interaction and Visual Design Consultant
+1 415.317.7133
Apple 83-87: Lisa, Mac tech writer, member original HIG -- UI Guidelines, product development work Independent graphic & interaction design consultant in the Bay Area; lots of mobile phone/hand-held/wireless work (Palm OS, Symbian, BREW, Windows Mobile, etc.); website design including web front-ends to databases for visualizing complex information. 6/05/07

Irene Wong
Senior Director of International User Experience, Yahoo!
Yahoo Messenger: i18nuer

I’ve joined Yahoo! as the Senior Director of International User Experience Research. I’m currently based in Taipei. 6/29/07
Yin Yin Wong
email failed 6/07
Member of HIG ATG 1989-1993. Projects: dynamic document, interfaces for designers, future desktop intefaces, adaptive interfaces, gesture feedback. Working as a user interaction design consultant in the Bay Area as a principal of Visible Research Office. 12/17/03
Dave Yost
UE-driven architecture, information design
1993-1997 ATG including SK8 and UER. Championed ease of use through automating system administration and taking reliability seriously. Lately doing Java Swing work, licensing a couple of UI improvements, and helping out at a new processor chip startup. 6/05/07
Gary Young
Web & Interaction Design
HIG Intern '92 - '94; ATG '95 - '97. Projects: You Do the Voodoo (experimental interactive experience), Catalyst (multimedia pre-production tool), Lens (community intranet) I'm now at Democracy Data and Communications in Alexandria, VA as a web/UI designer. 10/14/03
Scott Yu
Interaction and Visual Designer
(408) 393-9558
FileMaker visual designer for 1 1/2 years. Designed icons, splash screens, some UI, and content for FileMaker Pro 5, FileMaker Pro Developer, FileMaker Pro Server 5, and FileMaker Pro Unlimited. I am now at as visual designer. 08/30/05

The Apple Human Interface Community at Apple

It is useful for visitors to know that there are/were several centers of Apple HI folks, along with smaller groups and individuals scattered around the company.


Human Interface work at Apple dates back to before 1980, according to Apple lore. In 1980 Larry Tesler and colleagues arrived from Xerox PARC, and work commenced on the Lisa and its interface with Tesler, Bill Atkinson, and many others taking part. Sometime later the Macintosh project started, initially under the leadership of Jef Raskin. Towards the end of the 80's the Newton project started; it was initially targeted at a large screen pen computer.

By the late 80's, the major centers of HI Activity were as follows:

HIG: The Human Interface Group,which began in Systems Software in about 1986, and moved to ATG (the Advanced Technology Group [really more of a division, with 100-150 people]) in 1988 where it developed new interface concepts and prototypes for advanced technologies. HIG was managed for most of its history by Joy Mountford, and was disbanded in 1993, with many members leaving Apple, and the remainder being distributed amongst ATG labs. (This HIG is not to be confused with the current HIG which is the descendent of HIDC (below).)

Post-HIG HI Groups in ATG: The User Experience Architects' Office (UEAO) headed by Don Norman was formed in spring of '93 shortly before the demise of HIG. When Don became VP of ATG, the UEAO merged with some other HI folks in ATG and became the User Experience Lab (UEL) headed by Austin Henderson, which later morphed into the Discourse Architecture Lab (DAL), which in turn morphed into Pliant Research after the lab was laid off in early 1997. The post-UEAO period saw the arrival of Dan Russell and the formation of the User Experience Research (UER) group, which survived the demise of DAL to become the final center of HI in ATG until the dissolution of ATG in late '97 (most of UER moved, as a group, to PARC).

HIT: The Human Interface Technology Center was directed by Mitch Stein. It included HIDC (which I believe preceded it) and the HI Product Center. UAD: User-Aided Design. A subset (and possibly predecessor) of HIDC. Claris Interaction Design Group. Started sometime in the early 90's, the Claris group is (of course) responsible for designing Claris products. It was managed by Terri Ducay, and a subset of this group survived the transition to Filemaker, Inc, in 1998.

HIDC (aka HIG): The Human Interface Design Center. HIDC is responsible for most of the systems software product-oriented interface work at Apple, including System 7, System 8, and OpenDoc. HIDC was first managed by Bob Glass (before it was HIDC, actually), then by Tom Gomoll, and then, for many years by Paulien Strijland, then by Cordell Ratzlaff and after that by Don Lindsay. Current manager unknown.

HI/NC: Founded in 1989 by Pat Holleran, this HI group was part of the Networking and Communications division and, of course, provided support for various N&C projects. It was managed by Pat Holleran for several years, and then by Cordell Ratzlaff. The A/UX group was subsequently merged into it, and it was combined with HIDC circa 1993 in one of the periodic reorg/layoffs.

WHIM: The Working Human Interface Meeting, over which Bob Glass presided (circa 1989/90). From a note by Ron Lichty: "I was alternating between being the Apple IIGS Finder engineer and being the Finder and Apps engineering manager in the Apple II group, and the only member of the Apple II engineering group spending any time thinking about HI. Bob graciously loaned me members of his Mac HI group and invited me to attend WHIM, which probably weekly had 30-40 attendees. Tog presented a proposal for a new control one week. (He could get no traction for it.) Another week I learned the rules behind when to use ellipses after menu entries, and took that back to the IIGS world yet that day."

Current Status of HI at Apple:

According to the latest reports from inside Apple as of Winter/Spring 2002:

"Three HI groups support: Mac OS X (Aqua), Server Administration, and Applications ("iApps")."

hits since 30 December 2004.


Tom Erickson

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