David McDonald

Winter - Spring 2020

UX Skills + ________ = Leadership 

This DRG is only open to students who enrolled in the DRG during Winter Quarter 2020. This is a two quarter DRG and students needed to be in the Winter offering in order to take the Spring offering.

Faculty Leaders: 

  • Mike Berg, UX Researcher
  • David McDonald, HCDE Faculty

Student Coordinators:

  • Flower (Zhuofan) Hua, UW Student
  • Britnie Chin, UW Student 

The path to UX Leadership is a mysterious one. There are various resources focused on the characterics of being a leader in the UX field, but there isn’t anything showing the path to leadership and how to get there in the UX community. This DRG will build off of the Pathways: Mapping HCDE career experiences lead by Mike Berg, Paula Chuchro, and David McDonald. During this two quarter DRG we will analyze secondary research, conduct interviews, analyze those interviews for success factors, to understand the meaning of Leadership in UX, and design a UX Leadership Playbook. DRG participants will need to participate in BOTH Winter 2020 and Spring 2020

Students who want to join the DRG should bring the following skills:

  • Experience conducting literature reviews (secondary research) 
  • Experience conducting semi-structured interviews 
  • Interest in creating information visualization in the form of a playbook


We are looking for 12-15 students available for two academic quarters, who are available to meet Monday and Wednesday from 5 PM to 6 PM for Winter and Spring Quarters. This DRG is 2 credits per quarter and is open to both Undergraduate and Graduate students. 

Brief Schedule 

2020 Winter Quarter:

The team will explore the meaning of Leadership in UX from secondary research methods (collecting and reading existing literature). There will be weekly hands-on activities to understand research question, develop a study plan, and conduct mock interviews with feedback from professionals in the industry. 

2020 Spring Quarter:

Based on the work from winter quarter, students will follow their study plan to conduct semi-structured interviews with industry leaders. Students will then begin to design a playbook composed of a small set of cases presented through timelines, key choices, types of experiences, that provided important leadership growth and development.

Winter 2020

A Human-Centered Design for Access to Justice

Co-led by: Jane K. Winn (UW Law), Ellen Reed (HCDE), David W. McDonald (HCDE)

Note: this DRG is no longer accepting applicants for Winter 2020.

This DRG will conduct a human-centered evaluation of the legal technology software A2J Author, develop and perform a usability study, and provide the results of the study directly to the developers of A2J Author. A2J Author is a free platform for legal aid organizations that supports the creation of technological tools that help people with legal problems who cannot afford an attorney. Participants will have the opportunity to create work that can be showcased in their portfolio, utilize a variety of qualitative and quantitative research methods, provide study findings directly to a "client", and contribute to the promotion and development of technology designed to increase access to justice. 

Meeting on Tuesdays from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Credits: 2

Questions? Please contact: Jane K. Winn <>

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