Riley Maguire


Riley has leveraged his background in research and design to improve the usability of a variety of products. His passion for the healthcare space has led him to work in fields such as dental implants, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices. Riley received his BFA in Industrial Design with an emphasis on Disability Design, as well as an MS in Health Technology from the University of Illinois Urbana – Champaign.

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Favorite quote:

I suppose if we couldn't laugh at things that don't make sense, we couldn't react to a lot of life. --Calvin and Hobbes

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

South Haven, MI, a cute beach town on Lake Michigan. My whole extended family has a huge family reunion there every summer.

In your spare time (or if you had spare time), you would absolutely do this:

Trivia! I'm either watching Jeopardy, going to pub trivia, or listening to a trivia podcast in my spare time!

Share an interesting fact or a special skill:

I am legitimately very good at operating a fork lift.

Your ultimate celebrity dinner party guest list would include...

Judge Judy, Judge Joe Brown, Judge Reinhold, Mike Judge

You cannot start the day without doing this...

Brushing my teeth! Oral hygiene is important, folks!

Long-term personal or professional goal:

Start a non-profit that provides access to assistive technologies like wheelchairs and prosthetics to underserved communities.

What fictional family would you like to join?

The Addams Family (I kinda look like Lurch)
Read Riley'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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4 make-or-break considerations for health IoT ecosystems

All too often, medical device manufacturers roll out Internet of Things (IoT) devices that struggle to satisfy users and be adopted at scale. That’s in part because health IoT doesn’t exist in a void. Each device fits into a broader ecosystem that includes other...

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