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Segal Seminar Series

Brian Bailey, University of Illinois

April 1, 2014, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center
1.350 (ITW Classroom)
2133 Sheridan Rd., Evanston, IL 60208

Design Thinking Tools for the Individual, Group and Community


Software tools serve a critical role in modern design thinking, from collecting inspirational materials to generating design alternatives to implementing the final solution. Despite many advances in recent years, existing tools still struggle to address the creative needs of users engaged in design thinking. For example, a tenet of design thinking is to generate multiple alternatives, yet the interface representations used in existing design tools still do not effectively support this behavior.

In this talk, I will describe the inspiration for and the design and evaluation of several recent research projects that address problems and opportunities relevant to design thinking for the individual, group and community. The contributions of these projects include (i) the use of interactive spatial maps to organize design alternatives, enabling users to project meaning onto their exploration; (ii) an interactive visualization of design process that enables the user to capture and extract lessons and patterns from prior design activity; (iii) an on-demand method for generating structured feedback on visual designs using a crowd of non-experts; and (iv) an interface to organize design thinking in distributed user interface design discussions. The talk will include critical reflections on these projects and conclude with pathways for future work.


Brian Bailey is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois, where he has been on the faculty since 2002. He conducts research and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on user interface design and human-computer interaction. Dr. Bailey was a visiting researcher at Microsoft Research in 2008-2009. He earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Purdue University in 1993 and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1997 and 2002, respectively. His research interests include creativity support tools, design studies, crowdsourcing, and attention management. He holds affiliate academic appointments in Human Factors, the Beckman Institute, and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Dr. Bailey received the NSF CAREER award in 2007. His research has been supported by the NSF, Microsoft, Google, and Ricoh Innovations.

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