Mira Dontcheva, PhD-Adobe Systems Photo
Segal Seminar Series

Mira Dontcheva, PhD-Adobe Systems

March 5, 2012, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Frances Searle Building
2240 Campus Drive Evanston , IL 60208

Lowering the Barriers to Learning Complex Visual Design Tools


In the past learning how to use complex visual design software, such as Adobe Photoshop, involved taking classes and reading books. In contrast, today's photographers and visual designers are more likely to learn how to use software opportunistically, as they need to adjust a photo, create a family album, or design a website. Together with my collaborators I have been developing and studying a variety of techniques for making it easier to learn new visual design and computational photography skills. In this talk I will describe our research on instructional design, video tutorials, and games and discuss major challenges and opportunities for learning in the context of visual design tools.


Mira Dontcheva is a Senior Research Scientist at Adobe Systems. Mira's research focuses on search and sensemaking interfaces, instructional design, and creativity. Since joining Adobe, Mira has been learning about designers and developers and building new tools to support their information needs. In 2010 Mira published her first edited book - No Code Required: Giving Users Tools to Transform the Web. Mira completed her PhD at the University of Washington in 2008. She was an undergraduate at the University of Michigan and completed her BSE in computer engineering in 2000.

Contact Elizabeth Gerber at 847-467-0607 or egerber@northwestern.edu for further questions.