I am Dr. Abdullah X. Ali, Ph.D.
I am a creative scientist with more than 8 years of experience working in the field of human-computer interaction (HCI.) I have collaborated with world-renowned researchers and designers at both academic institutions such as Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Washington and leading industry companies like Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon.
Throughout my journey as a war refugee who worked his way from community college to one of the top HCI Ph.D. programs in the world, I have thrived under pressure and tenuous circumstances. My success is a testament to the fact that creativity can come out of anyone, which is why I have dedicated my career to exploring methods to include any individual regardless of their abilities, background or situation in building the next generation of technologies.
I believe that everything is designed (#everythingisdesigned ) and successful designs are a contextual assembly of their users’ abilities and preferences. My approach led to me create the Distributed Interaction Design (D.X.D.) process—a novel approach to design and evaluate interactions with actual users remotely on a global scale.
For four years, I have lead design studio classes where I was in charge of students on both the undergraduate and the Masters level (overseeing up to 7 teams of ~5 students at a time) working with industry partner clients such as Microsoft, T-Mobile, Tableau and others.
leader of teams
As a UX designer, I've spent over 8 years inventing novel experiencing, assembling personas, defining user flows, and mapping service blueprints.
I have a Ph.D. in HCI, I have spent years defining research agendas, conducting user studies, analyzing data, and synthesizing findings to publish and present at international scientific conferences.
On almost every single project I've worked on, I have been responsible or been involved in defining a design language, set photography direction, logos conception, posters for presenting the work.
I work as a design and innovation consultant for corporate clients looking to build innovations in the cloud.
I also run Studio89.design, a creative studio through which I take commission work, give talks, and other services. I look forward to working with you on your next big idea.