Hello! I'm Corey — husband, dad of four, and product designer working remotely in Lawrence, Kansas (the sunflower state). I'm currently improving the ACT.org student portal and test registration/score-viewing system used by over 3 million students per year. On the side, I founded, designed, and marketed several iOS apps: HERO Keyboard, Stop the Groomer, MixPlay, and Cheermoji. My goal is to design intuitive enjoyable products that make people's lives a little better. I strive to not just design a good UI, but to also use behavior design tactics (for good, not evil!) to improve user adoption, engagement, and retention. If you need it, here's my resumé.pdf.
"This design just feels right to me... I think you could sell this in a heartbeat... this is great... I love this."
— Doctor's feedback
The KU ID program gave me a well rounded design education partly due to the three design professors' different approaches: One was very user-focused and stressed a process-oriented approach and generous usage of human factors information. Another was very market-driven: "what are the benefits and why would someone buy this?" And the last stressed the "coolness" of the design, with more emphasis on form and uniqueness. Shown below are some of the design projects I did in school. Sorry they're not very high-res; the 90's were blissfully low-res.
Despite my design professor telling me I should get my master's in Cognitive Science, I got it in Ergonomics/Biomechanics to improve my ability to design physical products. Turns out he was right. He was always right. Oh well — live and learn, I suppose.
For my thesis, I tested the muscle activity and efficiency of finger and postural muscles during slow, normal, and fast typing on a standard keyboard, a "fixed-split" ergonomic keyboard, and Kinesis' Contour keyboard (now discontinued, but similar to this).
Results showed that finger muscle activity generally increased as typing speed increased, but trapezius activity didn't. Few differences in muscle activity were found when using different keyboards, except that finger flexor activity was higher and efficiency lower when using the Kinesis keyboard. Typists achieved optimal efficiency when typing at comfortable and fast speeds, rather than slower-than-normal speeds.
Everyone paints floor-to-ceiling murals on their kids' rooms, right? No? Hmmm. Since we moved a couple times, I ended up painting a total of 4 rooms, each taking a few months. Sadly, I can't seem to find photos of the first couple, but here's Eli's Nemo room and Christopher's Tarzan/Jungle Book room. Click them for zoom-able versions.