Who: Tristan Robinson, User Experience Engineer for GE Healthcare
Topic: Physician Responses to UI Aesthetics: Plastic Surgery or Just a Little Botox?
When: 12:30-1:20 pm, Friday, February 12, 2010
Where: Loew Hall, room 216

Abstract: Opinions about user interfaces are never in short supply. User Experience professionals are increasingly bringing rigor to the validation of product function. But what about form? Customers love products because they perform useful functions and they're easy to use. But even before they know if they'll love them, they buy products because they look beautiful and easy to use. Curb appeal is so important. I'll walk through a recent project in which we tested several aesthetic designs with potential customers. It turns out that functionality is important to physicians when choosing an electronic medical record. But, they're also pretty passionate about the way the product looks.

Bio: Tristan is the Sr. User Experience Engineer in charge of GE Healthcare's Centricity EMR. Currently, he's spending his spare time learning the Microsoft Expression tool set and removing and rebuilding each window in the 1926 home he shares in Portland with his partner.

Tristan has an undergrad degree in French, an MS from UW's Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering and an MBA from Portland State.

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