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Ryan Carney

Director

Ryan’s background is at the intersection of research and storytelling, which allows him to effectively find qualitative and quantitative trends and craft an effective narrative around those trends. With eight years of experience in UX, he has executed projects spanning multiple industries and devices across all development stages. Ryan has an MA in Digital Storytelling and MS in Information and Communication Sciences from Ball State University.​

Something unique about you summed up in one sentence

I first got into UX after participating in an eye-tracking study in college.

Your favorite part of working at Bold Insight

The people! Work is so much more enjoyable when you like the folks you work with.

In your spare time you would absolutely do this:

Summer: Ride my bicycle around a new town and find geocaches.

Winter: Hide in my basement and work on my Lego city.

How long have you been in the UX field?

7+ years

You cannot start the day without doing this…

Giving my dog head scratches and a belly rub. Better than a cup of coffee (although coffee is a close second).

Your ultimate celebrity dinner party guest list would include:

Louie Anderson, Richard Karn, John O’Hurley, and Steve Harvey. And our dinner conversation topic would be how great Family Feud is.

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Long-term personal or professional goal?

I would like to eventually have executed fieldwork on every continent. I’m currently at four continents (North and South America, Asia, and Europe). Australia and Africa shouldn’t be too difficult if the right project comes along…. Antarctica is a bit of a stretch-goal.

Any other facts to share?

I believe it is morally wrong for people to reheat pizza in a microwave. Please please please use an oven (conventional or toaster). Only you can prevent soggy crusts.

Read Ryan’s bold insights

Be the student: 3 tips to be a better UX research moderator

I recently attended a conference on human factors and medical devices. In one session, on the topic of moderating usability test sessions, the speaker used the phrase “Be the student” to describe the attitude the moderator should have when conducting this type of research. That is, while the...

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UX principles for robot design: Have we begun to baseline?

The bold future of UX: How new tech will shape the industry Part 4 ∙ UX principles for robot design: Have we begun to baseline? In a previous post, I discussed the challenges of designing a user experience for AI and how it needs three components to truly deliver on the promise of the technology:...

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Three things to improve acceptance of AI

The bold future of UX: How new tech will shape the industry Part 2 ∙ Three things to improve acceptance of AI Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the hottest topics in tech right now. Conversations around AI inevitably lead to dreams of a world where a computer is predicting every need one...

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Singularity and the potential impact on UX design principles

The bold future of UX: How new tech will shape the industry Part 1 ∙ Singularity and the potential impact on UX design principles The times they are a-changin’. I know it’s a corny, overused refrain but I don’t think that it has ever been truer. Technology, as well as its impact on society, is...

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