About

Hi. My name is Jeffrey Morgan. I’m a user interface and data visualization designer and developer and a data scientist. I’m interested in making software, websites and physical products easier to use with human-centered design. I have a masters degree in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), which really stoked my desire to work with people to make everything I develop easy to use and understand. My doctorate combined HCI with data visualization and information retrieval.

Influences

Three books really influenced my development as an interactive system designer and developer:

  • The Psychology of Everything Things
  • The Humane Interface
  • About Face

Donald Norman’s The Psychology of Everyday Things (now titled The Design of Everyday Things), which I read in the early 1990s, was the first book I’d read that promoted the idea that if a product was difficult to use it was the fault of its designers and not its users. This was a revolutionary idea to me at the time and is still a fundamental truth that drives my work.

The second book that gave me the desire to search for better ways to design was Jef Raskin’s The Humane Interface. Jef’s key idea was that one cannot design something better without designing something different.

The third book that influenced my approach to design was the first edition of Alan Cooper’s About Face. The thinking in About Face was so different to the few contemporary books on user interface design at the time.

I’ve since read many more books on all aspects of designing and implementing interactive systems, of course, but The Psychology of Everyday Things, The Humane Interface and About Face are the ones that shaped me most.

Human-Centered Design

For a fun introduction to human-centered design, take a look at this video about Norman Doors :