Theo Mandel PhD

Hundreds of coffee-obsessed consumers chimed in moments after Starbucks launched a Web site asking customers to pitch changes the company should make to revive its struggling US business.

Be careful what you ask for – You may get overwhelmed by incoming traffic. Or, it may turn out to be a great marketing idea!

Theo Mandel, Ph.D. is an international specialist in product user experience, usability strategy, user research, prototyping, design and usability testing. Dr. Mandel designs user-based products, websites and apps that meet client objectives and goals and are successful and enjoyable experiences for users.

Theo Mandel, Ph.D.

After completing his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Dr. Mandel joined IBM Austin in 1982 and worked for 11 years in the areas of software interface architecture, product interface design, usability testing, consulting, and education. Mandel pioneered research and design of GUIs (Graphical User Interfaces) and OOUIs (Object-Oriented User Interfaces) as part of the IBM Common User Access (CUA) group. This group designed the leading-edge object-oriented IBM OS/2 operating system user interface. Dr. Mandel worked closely with key industry vendors (Microsoft, Lotus, and other IBM partners) to define and implement software interface architecture and guidelines for Microsoft Windows and IBM’s OS/2.

Theo founded Interface Design and Development (IDD) in 1993 to provide comprehensive consulting, education, and seminars on software and Web user experience design and usability. Theo’s 20 years of experience in user interface design, user interface architecture and usability testing, has made him a well-know and well-respected consultant. Mandel has helped startups, companies and software developers review, design, and evaluate the user experience and usability of their products.

Mandel Interviewed on Empire Broadcast Radio

I was recently interviewed on Empire Broadcast Radio. The interview is short but it was fun! Please take a few minutes to listen! Other links to the interview: Empire Broadcast Radio website Archived version

A Design Workflow Tutorial for UX Developers: Deliver Better UI/UX On time

The relationship between UX designer and developer is continually evolving overlapping.

Here’s a good article about what a UX developer can do to ensure that the product you have built is delivered in a timely manner without sacrificing the quality of the user interface and user experience.

Topics include:

  • Do You Have Everything You Need?
  • Work In-Progress
  • UI/UX Design Project Management
  • UX Design And Development Come Together
  • Feedback Loop