Ignite Talks by Erin Bradner

Erin Bradner


I manage user-experience research across several of Autodesk's engineering and design products. I research topics ranging from the future of computer-aided design to how best to integrate marking menus into AutoCAD. I have a Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction and 15 years of experience using both quantitative and qualitative research methods. Over the years I have called myself Usability Engineer, Usability Specialist, and Design Researcher. If you had asked me 15 years ago what I thought of our team name today – User Experience Research – I would have rejected it as sounding vague and not-rigorous. Today, I hang this name on the doors of our lab. I’ve found I’m better equipped to solve design problems by researching the best possible experience (experience research) rather than engineering use (usability engineering). Prior to Autodesk, I consulted for IBM, Boeing and AT&T. I’m an avid hiker and volunteered on soil studies in the Amazonian rainforest. I recently completed a 16,000 foot trek in the Himalayas.

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