kurt.hanley@ac4d.com

Alumni

Kurt Hanley

Originally from the Colorado Territory, Kurt has been living in Texas for the last three years. Kurt’s work experience ranges from eradicating homelessness to protecting your grandparents from getting ripped off by financial villains.

Kurt enjoys playing in the great outdoors and takes a pilgrimage back to Colorado at least once a year to help his brother on his farm and build earth homes.

Before moving to Texas, Kurt lived in a small mountain town outside of Munich, Germany. He worked in the hospitality industry, where he ran conferences and kids programs, gave tours, and taught snowboarding for soldiers on leave from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Kurt’s applied to AC4D because he recognizes the power of education applied to a passion. One of Kurt’s goals while in the program is to strengthen his relationship with his imagination. Kurt enjoys spending quality time with his imagination. They often take trips and romanticize conversations with foreigners together. I am Kurt’s imagination, without me Kurt could not regulate his heart rate, blood pressure or breathing.

Often you can find Kurt hanging around different art studios around Austin picking up new techniques and sharing ideas. Or at Gourmand’s having a beer and devouring sandwiches.

 

Recent blog posts

Highlighting The Work of Non Profits

For quarter four I am pushing through to build out my wireframes with Story Share in a second iteration. It has been an interesting process on going through this design state, again. In quarter 2 I was able to get a taste of what it is like to do user testing with thermostat wireframes. It is…

IDSE 402 Putting Context To Design

After reading the assignments for IDSE 401, I completed a chart to depict the different authors point of view. On one access I thought of showing a linear progression between future design and traditional design. To me this represents how I felt the authors focused on when deciding how they want to make design decisions. …

Empowering Volunteers

Story Share is a project that focuses on providing the best volunteering opportunities to high school students. This project allows high school students to curate their personal profiles in order to share their schedules so that organizations that need volunteers can be alerted to their availability. One primary goal of this project is to create…

Mobile Apps for Disaster Recovery

Giving tools to people engaging them to create is the best way to encourage more volunteering response. Having the chance to craft and sculpt any of the surroundings people are in gets to the heart of volunteering. With this app the goal is to give a set of tools that stimulate a volunteer to inform…

Design Ideas For Disaster Relief

Natural disasters, and the interrelated social aftermath they cause, present an ever-expanding social plight. Through my research, the complexity of this issue has become increasingly clear. As a designer, I plan to solve for these solutions through methodical testing anditerations. The two avenues through which I will begin seeking these solutions are by examining, first,…

Theory of Change IDSE 203 Studio Class

I had the opportunity to interview survivors of the Onion Creek Flood. What I learned from their experiences has deeply touched my heart and has been often on my mind. I have transcribed their stories and expanded my data by putting our conversations into transcribed utterances.  By doing this, I gain a better visual map…

Thermostat 6: Lessons & Reflection

Since October 2013, I have been working extensively on building a thermostat interface. Taking on the venture of designing a tool that most people have come into contact with adds its challenges and benefits. This is now my 6th iteration of what I have designed and tested to be the “Ideal Thermostat”. To build the…

Thermostat 5: Progressive Disclosure and Feedback Models

This is now my fifth version of the ideal state for thermostat design. I have previously posted other versions of my progress of developing an intuitive design for a thermostat. The posts have included information that has been gained through a process of user testing called “think aloud testing”. It has been helpful for me…

Natural Disaster UX Design Project

Moving forward with wrapping up research and going into synthesis there have been many unique situations that have unfolded. From the last blog post on service design models and evacuation centers: Natural Disaster Relief Service Design Project, more information has been collected and interviews completed. The biggest step forward in the last weeks was getting…

Thermostat Wire Frame 4

This is my fourth interpretation of my thermostat that I have been working on for a project in IDSE 201. This iteration of my thermostat built in Adobe Illustrator as a wireframe was to focus on achieving a high functioning scheduling system. I have tried out many types of interactions in the schedule. One of…

Thermostat Wire Frame 3

For my third iteration of the Ideal Thermostat Project in IDSE 201, think aloud testing with users has been helpful. I was able to get good user feed back on the temperature scheduling. Users on this round of testing had exposure to digital calendars and making a scheduling. Schedules can be an important tool to…

Natural Disaster Relief Project and Service Design

After weeks of interviews and gaining understanding of Natural Disasters I have narrowed the focus of our IDSE 203 class project down. So far the focus has been researching natural disasters and the impact they have on a community. This has led into many areas of the current relief efforts for the recent Onion Creek…

Thermostat Wire Frame 2

  In IDSE 201 we have been studying and are learning about the benefits of wire frames. Wire frames create a visual model that test flows and the intuitive state of the design. They function much like blueprints and they can be used in many beneficial ways. During recent tests I was able to use…

Thermostat Wire Frame 1

In IDSE 201, I have been working on a project developing thermostats. Last week I took what I had developed from a concept model of a thermostat to a wire frame. This process is where I can begin testing with potential users with a physical artifact. The goal is to see how effective I am…

cleaning up design complication

Designing a thermostat has proven to be a more complicated process than I assumed. My biggest challenge has been taking a layout or idea and explaining it in a way that makes sense. I have spent the last couple weeks using thermostats and talking to people about their own thermostat. This is for a class…

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