james.lewis@ac4d.com

Alumni

James Lewis

James enjoys bringing clarity to complex systems and ideas, designing solutions that live at the intersection of a user’s need and a product’s strategic goals. Currently a Senior UX Designer at Salesforce, he focuses on designing tools in the fields of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and big data.

His portfolio is at http://www.jameslewisdesign.com/

Recent blog posts

Systems of Sensemaking

In this quarter’s theory class, my research team – which includes Anna Krachey and Meghan Corbett – are looking at the authors writings and relating it back to our project Inner Circle. Inner Circle is an online app that helps pregnant women make a plan for family and friends detailing decisions around their upcoming birth.…

Inner Circle: The birth plan for everyone else

Starting last October, Anna Krachey, Meghan Corbett and myself – James Lewis – began researching pregnancy and experiences surrounding birth. Through the research, iteration and prototyping phase we’ve come up with a product called Inner Circle: The Birth Plan for everyone else. But, before I get into what the product is, let me tell you…

Testing Timelines

Preface: I’m in a group with Meghan Corbett and Anna Krachey researching experiences around birth and labor & delivery. This post is the second in a series of updates on developing a product to serve pregnant women. You can read last week’s post here. Last week our group worked on a timeline exercise tracking how…

Thermostat User Interface Design Project Comes to a Close

This is the final installment of posts about the iterative design and user testing process I’ve conducted for designing a thermostat user interface (UI) – Read my last update about my latest redesign here. Over the last eight weeks of IDSE201 Rapid Ideation and Creative Problem Solving I’ve been learning about how to ideate the design…

Adding Edge Cases to User Flows for Thermostat Wireframes

This is the latest installment of posts about the iterative design and user testing process I’ve conducted for designing a thermostat user interface (UI) – Read my last update about my latest redesign here. A Twist! Professor Matt Franks, who has teaching our class wire-framing and iteration design skills, added a twist to our thermostat designs.…

What does she need? Driving design ideas directly from research participants

Oh the serendipity of an AC4D event! On Friday, after our school hosted a talk by Gary Chou – an AC4D mentor and professor of entrepreneurial design – I was speaking with classmate Alex Wykoff and Alumnus Eli Robinson. Eli is currently working as a design researcher and was telling Alex and I about a technique…

Thermostat User Interface (UI) Testing

This is the latest installment of posts about the iterative design and user testing process I’ve conducted for designing a thermostat user interface (UI) – Read my last update about my latest redesign here. One of the challenging aspects of conducting user testing for my thermostat UI has been recruiting test subjects. I’m new to…

Thermostat Version 3: Third Time is the Charm

This is the latest installment of posts about the iterative design and user testing process I’ve used for designing a thermostat user interface (UI). You may read my previous post here. I have gone through major design changes throughout the process of designing my thermostat UI, and I think I’ve come to something I really…

The fine line of privacy in design research

I’m currently conducting qualitative research on how socioeconomics affects pregnancy experiences and birth plan choices with my partners Anna Krachey and Meghan Corbett. Our research participants tend to fall into two categories: pregnant women and the public health professionals who serve them – both directly and indirectly. The public health professionals are comfortable, talking for…

Thermostat Version 2: Out with the old and in with the new

This is a continuation from my work on re-designing the interface of a thermostat. You can learn about that and what wireframes are, on my previous post. After getting stuck with my first ideation of a thermostat interface design, my professor Matt Franks helped me work on sketching the main features of a flow, rather…

Thermostat Version 1: Perfection Kills

In our ideation design class, we are designing the interface for a fictional thermostat. We started off by studying and modeling a Honeywell thermostat. Now we’ve come up with our own. Unfortunately for me the lesson I learned wasn’t how to come up with a kickass interface design – it was that striving for (theoretical)…

Keep It Simple Stupid! Thermostat Concept Model Redesign

For the Rapid Ideation and Creative Problem Solving class, taught by Matt Franks, our class will be looking at re-designing the user interface for a Honeywell Thermostat. To begin with, we created a concept model of the current thermostat interface to understand how the features are laid out and relate to one another. Below is…

Pregnancy, Plans and Socioeconomics

I have partnered with Anna Krachey – with whom I did the AC4D startup challenge – for the original research which will influence the rest of our work during the remaining quarters in our program. We’re looking at understanding pregnancy and birth plan choices, and how they are effected by socioeconomic standing. (A Short Interruption…

Thinking about Value

For my quarter 1 startup business challenge, I’ve been working with Anna Krachey on a professional headshot and photography business called PictureDay ATX. One of the challenges we faced was gaining enough customers. One of our original strategies was marketing towards co-working spaces in the Austin, TX area. The idea was this: we would partner…

Alternative Education & The At Risk Student Final Presentation

What a quarter its been! As we come to the end of our first quarter at AC4D we’re finishing up our research project on alternative education and the at-risk student. So far we’re gone through the research, synthesis and work modeling phases. We’ve met lots of interesting folks – from teachers, mentors and former alt-ed…

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