Mike Kuniavsky (blog) researches, designs and writes about people’s experiences at the intersection of technology and everyday life. Companies and universities around the world use his 2003 book, “Observing the User Experience,” to understand and teach techniques that bring the design of products closer to the people who use them. His next book, “Smart Things,” expected in 2007 from Elsevier, will discuss user experience design for mobile devices and ubiquitous computing. He has also contributed to a number of other books, including the encyclopedic “HCI Handbook” (also to appear in 2007) and his articles regularly appear in MAKE magazine. He is a regular presenter at academic conferences focusing on user experience design and ubiquitous computing. In 2001 he cofounded Adaptive Path, a leading San Francisco internet consultancy. Previously, he founded the Wired Digital User Experience Lab for Wired Magazine’s online division, where he served as the interaction designer of the award-winning search engine, HotBot.
In the interview, Mike reflects the origins of his interest in HCI, interface design and ubiquitous computing, discusses using magic as a metaphor for embedded computer user interface design, and presents ThingM, a company focused on developing and designing smart objects for everyday life.