Biography Bill Verplank
Bill Verplank is an interaction designer, human-factors engineer and visiting scholar at Stanford University. His PhD (1965-1977) is from MIT in man-machine systems with Thomas Sheridan. At Xerox (1978-1986) he participated in testing and refining the Xerox Star graphical user interface. For seven years, he taught at the ACM SIGCHI conference and participated in developing the ACM SIGCHI Curriculum recommendations. From 1986-1992, he worked as a design consultant with Bill Moggridge at IDTwo and IDEO to bring graphical user-interfaces into the product design world; he started calling it “interaction design” instead of “user-interface design”. At Interval Research (1992-2000), he directed research and design for collaboration, tangibility and music. At Stanford, during that time, he worked with Terry Winograd to establish a studio course on Human-Computer Interaction Design. Since 2000, he has been a part-time lecturer at CCRMA, the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, at Stanford, teaching a course on designing input devices. He also served on the Steering Committee for the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea (2000-2005). More info can be found on his website.
The encounter took place on Friday January 16, 2015 at the d-school at Stanford University. During the same time the TEI’15 conference took place, of which Bill was the conference co-chair together with Wendy Ju.