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Alumni

Eric Boggs

From an early age, Eric was interested in how people learn over the web. Throughout high school he worked for a learning management and e-Learning course development company, building courses and designing graphics for online consumption. Eric was a premed and Latin American Studies major at Tulane University in New Orleans. After Katrina, he found new meaning working on problems in healthcare. Today, Eric is a healthcare IT project manager and Consultant by day. He enjoys foreign travel to Central and South American countries where he can practice Castellano. He has a penchant for surfing, which he will sorely miss while in Austin.

I am not a designer by trade, but I understand the vast potential that design thinking has to change the way people approach their health. I see interaction design as a vehicle of discovery, an opportunity to qualitatively understand people and the issues that they face. By combining formal interaction design education with my existing skills and knowledge of the healthcare industry, I will design new interactive products and services that will help improve health and wellness around the world.

 

Recent blog posts

Building confidence and the evolution of Love Intently — an interview with AC4D alumni Sophie Kwok

In this interview, Sophie Kwok (AC4D 2016) and I discuss her evolution as a designer and founder of a service, Love Intently, that empowers couples to build stronger and deeper relationships by taking the guesswork out of showing you care. Sophie credits the Austin Center for Design community for playing a key role in both…

Driving human-centered design in a large enterprise: an interview with AC4D alumni Dave Gottlieb

Dave Gottlieb and I attended Austin Center for Design (AC4D) together from 2012–2013. We worked closely on a variety of design research efforts focusing, for example, on how schools and parents work to provide healthy eating options to middle school children, and how seniors at home utilize technology for communication with family, among others. Through…

The dilemma of empathy in design — an interview with Chelsea Hostetter

As designers, we are aware of the importance of infusing empathy into the design process, but we rarely stop to reflect on the emotional reverberations and obstacles that empathy infuses into the design process. In our interview, Chelsea(AC4D 2014) speaks specifically about those challenges in designing for and with the queer community in Austin — a group…

Designing for Civic Impact: An Interview with Celine Thibault

Celine Thibault graduated from Austin Center for Design (AC4D) in 2016, and soon after joined the City of Austin as a Design, Technology and Innovation Fellow. Read on to learn about her experience at AC4D —and how participating in and learning a human centered design process through projects on sex education, teenage self-expression, and (even)…

Design Leadership and Finding Your Design Path: An Interview with Samara Watkiss

Samara Watkiss graduated from AC4D in 2015. Since graduating, she has led design at Austin start-up Click Security, which was acquired by Alert Logic in April of 2016. In this wide ranging discussion, we look at how Samara found AC4D; review the evolution of her final project Summit, a financial app geared towards helping millennials pay down…

Designing around the world: an interview with Jacob Rader

Jacob Rader graduated from AC4D in 2015. Since graduating, he has contracted at top design consultancies such as Big Tomorrow, Carbon 12 Creative, frog Design, and Projekt 202. Most recently, he has returned from a stint designing with Proximity Designs, an award winning social enterprise based on Yangon, Myanmar. I sat down with Jacob recently to…

On designing a new VA mental health service delivery experience: an Interview with Melissa Chapman

Hello there! My name is Eric Boggs. In 2013, I graduated from AC4D.  I’m blown away on the regular by the things our alumni are doing — what I am doing — and I wanted to share some of those stories with you. I can’t help but be up front. I want you to know so that you’ll consider…

Alumni Design-a-thon Results

La Michoacana market, a Hispanic Market on east 7th street in Austin, TX, is just a block away from my work but feels a world away from the Austin I typically experience.  Garish, multi-colored lettering on the outside describes food products in Spanish.  The clientele is predominantly Hispanic, particularly during the lunch hour, when lines…

Kicking Off the First AC4D Alumni Design-a-Thon

On Wednesday, October 8th, I jointly kicked off the first AC4D Alumni Design-a-Thon for Social Good.  A Design-a-Thon is a term that I use loosely to describe a shared design process, similar to a hackathon, with “appropriate” time set aside for each phase of design.  Over the next month, our core team of 4 alumni…

Let them Add the Drapes

Happy Valentine’s Day!  I bought a bacon rose for my girlfriend – #ihopeshethinksitsawesome? I’ve been thinking a lot over the last few days about how to design applications that give users the foundation – the house – but let them add character and flair in a way that isn’t obtrusive.  Even better, without doing much…

Young Designers Should Start Companies

Designers should start a companies. Fact is, junior designers have no influence in a corporation.  I don’t want to be a part of that. You can take the traditional corporate path, or you can start a company.  It’s different, and different is scary, but my design education prepared me for iteration and solving difficult problems.…

Contextual Loops – A Nascent Tool For Design

I’ve been reflecting on a design research project I completed with a colleague at Whole Foods Market. We were asked to focus on the healthy eating customer journey – how customers make decisions on what to buy based on in store signage.  What we found was surprising.  In sum, customers rarely paid any attention to…

CareWell Family Pilot Update – The effort is paying off.

Making a software product isn’t easy, and doing so for the first time, when everything is new, is a daunting challenge.  I tend to get caught in the weeds very easily.  With that being said, there are moments when you realize that all of the hard work is worth it.  Very cliche, but accurate.  We’ve…

boost Pilot #1 Update!

If you haven’t checked it out, please stop over and Chuck and I’s site – www.wecallitboost.com.  We are designing an app to help families coordinating caregiving tasks.  A large part of caregiving is staying on top of everything that needs to happen, both for the care receiver and the care giver.  In a typically stressful…

Ah! The Beauty of Order.

Chuck and I continue to work on wire iterations for Careshare.  The latest version provoked a conversation on order and structure with Professor Franks.  As you can tell, the first one is a bit floating – and that led to it feeling somewhat off, but at first I wasn’t sure what to do.  After working…

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