Dave McColgin couldn’t choose between science and art and ended up a user experience director. He takes on deep domains and knotty problems that are often most in need of design thinking and have big impacts on our futures. At Artefact and earlier at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, he has led research and designed professional visual analytics tools for analysts and scientists, new medical devices and patient-centric information systems, products that influence resource-efficient behavior, and more. He’s been a key contributor in our effort to understand the impacts of design that go beyond the product itself in order to use them for lasting positive change. Not included in that effort were making people throw up while studying the effects of video games on the brain and designing a talking robotic goat.
He has earned several software copyrights and awards including multiple International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) and the Good Design award, and has published or given talks at several conferences and universities. He studied brain and cognitive science at the University of Rochester and human-computer interaction at Georgia Tech.
On the side he plays volleyball, loves taking photos with a camera he doesn’t deserve, and earns unofficial company bonuses in poker.