Aston Karner


With a background in higher education, applying psychological and sociological research to colleges and its students, Aston is uniquely prepared to work with young adults. He brings a passion for delivering research insights particularly focused on improving the UX of products and services for children and younger users. Aston holds a BA in Music and an MS in College Student Personnel Administration, both from Illinois State University.

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Something unique about you summed up in one sentence:

My favorite way to get to know someone is by asking what music is most important to them—I usually associate artists with the people who introduced me to them.

Your favorite part of working at Bold Insight:

The welcoming and collaborative culture — everyone is invested in your success as well as that of the team’s.

In your spare time you would absolutely do this:

Travel! There is so much of the world (and country) I want to explore.

Your favorite city in the world is...and why?

Everything about Sydney is beautiful from the food, to the sights, to the culture.

You cannot start the day without doing this:

Opening Spotify to a playlist or podcast.

Your ultimate celebrity dinner party guest list would include:

Leonard Bernstein, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Bill Lawrence, and Justin Vernon

What superpower would you most want?

Time travel! You get to sleep-in AND get all your work done. Easy pick.

Your favorite way to give back to the community?

Volunteering with high school marching bands. I love helping kids achieve their goals and watching them grow!
Read Aston's bold insights
March 16, 2023

Instead of a top-down, one-size-fits-all approach to research, collaboration between manufacturers and human factors research teams can create trusted partnerships and a focus on designing valuable products.

February 27, 2023

To boost adoption of IoT devices, medical device manufacturers should consider four key questions to gain insights into user contexts and perceptions.

February 22, 2023

When used with proper consideration, VR can be a fantastic tool in the researcher’s toolkit.

February 14, 2023

Ethnographic research helps identify nuances to create a more robust understanding of users, identifying unexpected insights that may not show themselves until much later in the product development process.

January 25, 2023

With a few considerations and thoughtful planning, research that includes the a11y community can effectively collect data while ensuring a respectful participant experience to help design products that meet the needs of all users.

November 14, 2022

By being thoughtful of the research process and unique needs of participants, researchers can champion inclusion of those with accessibility needs in research, resulting in better designed products.


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5 tips for remote UX research with the A11y community

Approximately 15% of the global population identifies as having a disability. Given that so many individuals have accessibility needs, it is essential that we, as user experience (UX) researchers, design products with the accessibility (a11y) community in mind, and...

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Our team has seen an increase in requests for rolling research to support product design across multiple industries, from consumer goods to healthcare. We’ve seen firsthand the benefits of executing this model of research and why it can revolutionize the way product...

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