Tanae Burton


Tanae utilizes the skills she learned from being a preschool teacher, freelancer, and art director to help clients improve their users’ experience. She is passionate about using qualitative research methodologies to discover more insights that will drive discovery and development. From her experiences in research she hopes to aid in the improvement of the quality of life for various communities. Tanae has a MS in Human Computer Interaction from DePaul University.

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Something unique about you summed up in one sentence:

I like to design characters and give them interesting back stories.

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

I haven't done much traveling but the art crowd in Venice Beach was so much fun.

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

Learn to play the piano, guitar, and experiment with robotics.

What would be your most valuable zombie apocalypse skill?


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

Richard Pryor, Issa Rae, Will Smith, Tarana Burke

You cannot start the day without doing this...

Opening the curtains and letting in as much sunlight as possible.

Best piece of advice you’ve been given:

If you lead with morality and empathy, you'll eliminate some of the stress from your life.

What fictional family would you like to join?

The Incredibles
Read Tanae'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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