Abstract: Aleks Oniszczak will share his experiences at Microsoft as a User Researcher “working for the enemy” at the Macintosh Business Unit (now known as APEX – Apple Productivity Experience Group). He will talk about Wizard of Oz studies, paper prototypes, focus groups, goal validation studies and more. Early decisions in the development process (“Should Office for iOS allow users to edit their documents?”), competitive analysis (should we be worried about iWork?) and how did we find participants? All will be revealed in a fun and educational talk on UX, iPhones and working at Microsoft in Mountain View, Ca.
Biography: Aleks Oniszczak is a pioneer in mobile and touch-based interfaces cocreating and publishing papers on the first clickpad (Trackpad with integrated button), the first trackpad with simulated haptic feedback (Force touch and haptic engine) and first on-screen keyboard with tactile feedback and hysteresis (RollPad). Aleks has worked at Microsoft as a (UX) User Researcher on products such as Office for Mac, Office for iOS & the original Microsoft Surface TableTop PC (now known as PixleSense). Aleks also worked on the first touch-based Microsoft apps introduced with Windows 7 (TouchPack). Aleks has worked on mobile apps and sites at a Silicon Valley start-up, taught Interface Design at York University and is currently teaching Experimental Design at the University of Toronto while freelancing iOS development. Aleks has a BSc specializing in Psychology from the University of Toronto and an MSc in Computer Science specializing in HCI from York University.