Brian Wood

Brian Wood

User Experience Architect

Profile

Creating fantastic experiences, and making good products great is what I’m all about. A broad background including design, research, analysis, and training, among others, lets me effectively communicate with users, developers, decision makers, and other stakeholders and successfully champion User Experience throughout the lifecycle.

Experience Highlights

Work History

User Experience Architect

Celerity
May 2013 - Present

Led User Experience research and analysis for a US Federal Reserve System team of 100 developers, analysts, and designers creating the next generation of Federal Reserve Cash Office Management Systems.

Uncovered more than 200 usability issues prior to development, preventing expensive rework. Used varied research and validation methodologies, including rapid prototype iteration, to produce user-tested designs prior to development.

Created best practices and design documentation to simplify and streamline design and implementation.

Pioneered remote research program to reduce travel budget and increase validity of User Testing results.

Human Systems Integration Analyst (HCI)

Sonalysts
Oct 2005 - May 2013

Provided expert guidance to Navy and Marine Corps personnel regarding design and user interaction.

Worked with Subject Matter Experts to design interfaces for combat and other systems balancing User Experience best practices and Military standards.

Used heuristic and empirical testing and review to identify usability problems and solutions in pre-deployment systems.

Performed usability design and testing. Assisted software developers, providing user needs perspective and suggesting alternate feature implementations that improve usefulness and usability of software.

Created multimedia training and briefing materials including video and animations for marketing and user training.

Presented software tools at conferences and tradeshows as a keynote speaker and corporate representative. Developed and pursued contacts and leads, resulting in increased sales and business.

Systems Design Manager 

Unified Industries Inc.  
2001 - 2005

Provided customer focused management of multiple projects for Government and corporate clients. Oversaw application development team. Performed high level consulting for clients, including business process reengineering analysis, workflow analysis, application requirements analysis, and project administration. Acted as project leader for several mission critical projects for Government and corporate clients and numerous content focused web sites.

Instrumental in the creation and attainment of new business opportunities.

Created and managed web sites and applications to facilitate business processes.

Web Team Lead - Senior Trainer

The Orkand Corp
1999 - 2001

Provided customer focused management of multiple projects for clients. Oversaw three application development teams. Performed high-level consulting for clients, including business process reengineering analysis, workflow analysis, application requirements analysis, and project administration. Acted as project leader for mission critical projects for Government and corporate clients and numerous content focused web sites.

Instrumental in the creation and attainment of new business opportunities, clients, and contracts.

Created and managed web sites and applications to facilitate business processes.

Skills

Skills
User Experience Architecture

Making great things greater

User Experience (XU) Research

Uncovering actionable feedback about products and processes

User Testing and Validation

Including on-site and remote user testing

Human Computer Interaction                 

At the convergence of people and products

UX Analysis

Empirical and Heuristic analysis of hardware, software, and processes

Prototyping/Wireframes

From scratch or using rapid prototyping tools such as Axure, Balsamiq, etc.

Design/Product Validation

Ensuring that what goes to market is a home run

Evangelism, Marketing, Training, & Presentation

Building it is just the beginning...

Creative Technology Tools and Techniques

Creative Cloud, Digital Video, Audio, Online & In Person

Human Systems Integration

Humans in the loop for more than just software...

Education

Education

Masters Candidate in Human Computer Interaction

DePaul University
2012 - 2018

Graduate level classes in Human Computer Interaction, Design, User Centered Design

Selected Publications

“Rapid User Interface Prototyping Tools and Methods for DoD Usability Professionals.” – Proceedings of the Human Systems Integration Symposium 2011 (paper and presentation)

“User Centered Design Challenges in WBT Development for TFSMS.” – Proceedings of the Human Systems Integration Symposium 2011 (paper and presentation)