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Ryan Carney


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.


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

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

As the robotics industry continues to find its way into our lives, we can begin to identify UX design principles to apply to this tech to increase the acceptance of robots and improve the human-robot interaction experience. The bold future of UX: How new tech will shape the industry Part 4 ∙ UX...

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Three things to improve acceptance of AI

To truly deliver on the promise of AI, developers need to keep the end users in mind. By integrating three components of context, interaction, and trust, AI can be the runaway success that futurists predict it will be. The bold future of UX: How new tech will shape the industry Part 2 ∙ Three...

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