Eleanor Gibson and Richard Walk publish work in Scientific American exploring the concepts of Affordance.
The famed anthropologist Margaret Mead coined the contemporary term ‘Semiotics’ and it’s use as a noun in 1962
Mabel Addis creates the Sumerian Game. She writes the narrative and designs the interactions for the first text based interactive computer game for students.
Stephanie Rosenbaum founded TecEd in 1967, making it one of the oldest consultancies focused on user experience and usability.
Doug Englebart and team at SRI gives the mother of all demos—showcasing the mouse and hypertext
ARPAnet comes online
Xerox PARC formed
Xerox PARC given charter to develop “architecture of information“ leading to many HCI conventions
Elizabeth “Jake“ Feinler lead the team at SRI that created WhoIs and the DNS framework.
Muriel Cooper cofounds the Visual Language Workshop
Cut and Paste invented at Xerox PARC
Apple Computer founded
Brenda Laurel works for CyberVision creating video games
The term Information Architecture is coined by Richard Saul Wurman
Apple II is released
Terry Roberts starts work on her PhD at Stanford and doing research at Xerox PARC
Joy Mountford begins working on complex interactions—speech recognition, heads up displays—for Honeywell on high-speed tactical aircraft
Spent a year, starting in 1979, disguised as an 85 year old woman & traveling around the United States and Canada to understand how the elderly manage in their daily lives.
ITP created at NYU
BBSes and Online services become available
Brenda Laurel produces games at Atari
Joins Kodak as an Industrial Designer. During her tenure she will create the 1st African American community, a Women’s support community, run 8 film camera programs and run the Picture Maker system program, bringing in billions to the company.
Finishes her dissertation and begins working in the product group at Xerox, working on the Star system
Kristina Hooper Woolsey becomes the director of the Atari Research Labs
Joins Fitch in 1981 as the first psychologist hired in a design agency to lead research.
ACM SIGSOC holds a conference on HCI
Annette Wagner designed fonts, icons and UI for the original Apple Lisa computer
Lorraine Borman cofounds and is the first chair (president) of SIGCHI (The Special Interest Group for Computer Human Interaction) which is part of the ACM – (Association for Computing Machinery).
Adele Goldberg and Robert Flegal coin the term “Pixel Art“ to describe working with 8-bit, pixelated artwork.
Mary Dieli helps design the Lisa Operating system for Apple.
Ellen Nold launched the first usability program at Apple in 1981, setting up the first usability lab in 1982.
Goldie “Red“ Burns was known as the Godmother of Silicon Alley (New York City’s version of Silicon Valley) and she ran NYU’s Interaction Telecommunications Program for 28 years. She mentored a couple of generations of talent through the program
Susan Kare begins working at Apple designing icons in pixelated form
ARPANet computers switch to TCP/IP
Microsoft Word released
Muriel Cooper cofounds the MIT Media Lab with Nicholas Negroponte. The VLW becomes part of the Lab.
Elizabeth Feinler and her team at SRI create the DNS system to allow human friendly organization of the internet
Apple releases first Macintosh
Bonnie John opens the first user studies laboratory at Carnegie Mellon University
Ginny Redish is known as the mother of Usability – she set up one of the first independent usability test laboratories in the US.
Joins ID Two as their first Interaction Designer.
Joy Mountford began leading the Human Interface group at Apple Computer in 1986. She helped invent Quicktime video and the group was responsible for setting the user interface guidelines across all Apple products.
Sylvia Harris works with Citibank IXD lead Valerie Fenster on ATM design
Joins Citibank as the lead interaction design working on all product design on their ATMs.
Colleen Bushell joins the NCSA (National Center for Supercomputing Applications) group bringing graphic design and data visualization skills to the team
Jane Fulton Suri hired by Bill Moggridge and later becomes Executive Design Director of IDEO
Lucy Suchman brings the concept of “situated action“ to goal-driven field observation in HCI
Kristina Hooper Woolsey becomes the director of the Apple Multimedia Labs
Joins Apple to work on the Newton. She is the lead Interaction Designer on the project.
Hypercard released by Apple—giving designers the ability to design interactive tools
Brenda Laurel cofounds the Game Developers Conference in 1988.
Abbe Don joins the Human Interface Group at Apple as an Interaction Designer while still attending ITP/NYU. She continues after graduating.
Dame Wendy Hall creates an early hypertext system called Microcosm years before the creation of the World Wide Web.
Mary Dieli establishes two usability labs at Microsoft Corp.
Kristee Kreitman Rosendahl led the UI design for all the multimedia titles in Apple’s Multimedia Lab
Kathy Hemenway cofounds and becomes the first chair (president) of BayCHI in 1989- the Bay Area’s local chapter of CHI (Computer Human Interaction).
Joy Mountford founds the Design Expo—a long running student Interaction Design challenge
Stacy Horn creates ECHO, an East Coast Hang Out BBS — the anti-WELL
Gillian Crampton Smith founds the Computer-related Design MA at Royal College of Art
Kristina Hooper Woolsey is known as the “mother of multimedia“ for her pioneering work at the Apple Multimedia Lab and Atari Research Labs
Virginia Howlett led the interface design for Windows 3.0 after writing a letter to Bill Gates telling him that he needed to hire real graphic designers to lead the interface design of Windows.
Kathleen Potosnak founded the first usability lab at Aldus Corporation.
Janice James cofounds and becomes the first president of UPA in 1991 (Usability Professionals Association) which was later named UXPA (2012).
Muriel Cooper is the only female tenured professor in the MIT Media Lab
Sylvia Harris and her team work with Valerie Fenster at Citibank to design the first ADA compliant ATM
Colleen Bushell designs the UI for the first Mosaic browser
Loretta Staples pioneers UI design, consulting for companies like Apple, Sony, HP and Getty among others.
Carolina Cruz-Neira coinvents CAVE and CAVELibs, a VR system, which premiered at SIGGRAPH in 1992
Bonnie John offers the first course in Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University
Lillian Svec creates the Information Architecture practice at Clement Mok Designs
Muriel Cooper presents the Information Landscape demonstration at TED in Monterrey
Muriel Cooper dies
Terry Swack founds and is VP of the Webmasters’ Guild (now the Association of Internet Professionals)
Julia Whitney becomes Director of Interactive Design at WGBH—the famed public television station in Boston
Brenda Laurel, with Rachel Strickland, creates the Placeholder installation at Banff Center for the Arts exploring VR and separation of gaze from direction of movement
Virginia Howlett led the design of Windows 95, the most heavily user tested product in the company’s history
Erin Malone begins working at Adobe on their first website
Aliza Sherman founds Webgrrls International—one of first women’s global Internet networking organization that grew to over 100 chapters worldwide and over 30,000 participants on nearly 200 listservs
Lillian Svec becomes Creative Director & Information Architecture Practice Lead at Studio Archetype
Dr. Cynthia Waddell published one of the earliest web design accessibility standards guide for the City of San Jose’s Office of Equality Assurance.
Mary Dieli is the lead user researcher for Windows 3.1 and Windows 95, working with Virginia Howlett.
Brenda Laurel creates the first company specializing in video games for girls after conducting years of gender & technology research.
Irene Au is the first Interaction Designer hired on Netscape applications (Mail, Calendar, etc)
Pamela Mead is a UI pioneer, managing user interface design and strategy at MetaDesign, in SF.
Created Black Geeks to help bring technology to the black community—teaching HTML, web design and other internet skills
Jennifer Niederst writes Designing for the Web, one of the first books about web design ever published.
Terry Swack cofounds the AIGA Experience Design special interest group. Events run until 2007.
Jenifer Tidwell presents her thesis paper at PLoP about Interaction Design patterns and creating libraries for Interaction Designers.
Maria Giudice founds Hot Studio
Irene Au is the first Interaction Designer ever hired atYahoo!
Karen Holtzblatt invents the technique of Contextual Inquiry as a user-centered design research method
Lillian Svec leads the global practice of Information Architecture at Sapient
Lisa Strausfeld becomes Vice President of Quokka Labs at Quokka Sports
Lisa Malmud Beaudoin becomes Vice President and Creative Director for AOL
Meg Hourihan and Evan Williams release the first version of Blogger
Donna Williams and Adam Powell launch Neopets
Darcy DiNucci coins the term Web 2.0, but it takes about 5 more years for more robust interactivity on the web to become a reality
Sylvia Harris is Creative Director for the 2000 U.S. Census design. Harris used user-centered design processes and methods to design and test the materials created for the Census. Return rates increased for the first time in 30 years.
Dori Tunstall serves as Director of Design for Democracy, through AIGA, to help set national design guidelines for ballots and polling places
Joins Pitney Bowes. Becomes VP Global Design and Usability, runs teams that amass over 49 patents and international design awards.
Christina Wodtke founds Boxes and Arrows, the first online journal for information architect and interaction design practitioners.
Gillian Crampton-Smith founds the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea in Italy. Funded by Olivetti, the Institute ran from 2001 – 2005 before shutting it’s doors.
Brenda Laurel designs and leads the graduate Media Design Program at Art Center College of Design from 2001 – 2006.
Mena Trott cofounds Six Apart, the parent company of Moveable Type the blogging platform, with her husband Ben. She was known as the mother of blogging at the time.
Janice Fraser is one of the founding partners (there were seven) of the UX firm Adaptive Path, serving as it’s first CEO and then on the firm’s Board of Directors.
Indi Young was one of the founding partners (there were seven) of the UX firm Adaptive Path.
Erin Malone is founding Editor in Chief of Boxes and Arrows
Christina Wodtke, Erin Malone & Lisa Chan are founding members of the Asilomar Institute of Information Architecture, which became the IA Institute in 2005.
Lisa Strausfeld becomes a Partner at Pentagram
Christina Wodtke is the first president of the IA institute
Erin Malone starts working at Yahoo! and founds the Yahoo! Pattern Library—the first corporate pattern library published to the public.
Flickr launches – founded by Catarina Fake and Stewart Butterfield
Pamela Mead is defining and prototyping mobile interaction design experiences for Palm and then Yahoo!
Pabini Gabriel-Petit founds UX Matters online magazine.
Pabini Gabriel-Petit is a founding board member of the IXDA.
Lisa deBettencourt, Lada Gorlenko and Carrie Ritch ware founding members of the IXDA.
Designing Interfaces by Jenifer Tidwell, the first collection of Interaction Design patterns published by O’Reilly Media
Jane Fulton Suri publishes Thoughtless Acts? and brings design research into the foreground of the design process
danah boyd participates in a 3 year study, funded by the MacArthur Foundation and led by Mimi Ito to study youth’s use of technology
Brenda Laurel is the founding Chair of the Graduate Program in Design at the California College of the Arts. She is Chair until 2012.
Rashmi Sinha cofounds the presentation sharing community tool SlideShare. It was later purchased by LinkedIn and integrated into that service.
Holly Liu cofounds the mobile gaming company Kabam. She is also lead designer of their flagship game Kingdoms of Camelot and its extension Battle for the North.
Gillian Crampton-Smith founds and the Interaction Design Programme at Iuav University of Venice from 2006-2014, after the closure of the Interaction Institute Ivrea.
Simona Maschi cofounds the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design. She continues to serve as it’s Director.
Carolina Leslie coordinates the first Brazilian Information Architecture and User Experience conference
Liz Danzico becomes Editor in Chief of Boxes and Arrows
Doreen Lorenzo becomes President of Frog Design
Liz Danzico cofounds the MFA Interaction Design program at the School of Visual Arts and serves as Chair of the program.
George Oates creates The Commons project at flickr, which brought catalogs of images from the Library of Congress first and then other museums onto the service without copyright restrictions.
Indi Young pioneers the Mental Model mapping process as part of user centered research. She authors the first book for Rosenfeld Media on the topic.
Dori Tunstall convenes a National Design Policy Summit in Washington, DC to package and deliver coherent imperatives to members of congress. The goals, to make design a federal priority.
Alexa Andrzejewski founds Foodspotting and is the CEO until it is acquired by OpenTable
Amy Thibodeau co-founds Ignite London
danah boyd is named one of the most influential women in technology by Fast Company
Jennifer Bove cofounds the Annual Interaction Awards, which are awarded each year at the annual IXDA Interaction conference, with the first awards given in 2012.
Janice Fraser founds LuxR, bringing lean design to startup companies
Rochelle King becomes Vice President, User Experience & Product Services at Netflix
Sylvia Harris cofounds the non-profit Public Policy Lab in order to bring design and design processes to civic policy initiatives. She is considered a pioneer in the field of social impact design.
Sylvia Harris dies unexpectedly
Kaaren Hanson becomes Vice President, Design Innovation at Intuit
Samantha Warren creates the technique of Style Tiles to quickly capture the visual UI elements for web applications.
Abby Covert inventsWorld IA Day which launchs in 2012.
Dina El-Zanfaly Is the cofounder & codirector of Fab Lab Egypt (FLE), the first community maker space in northern Africa and the Arab world
Rochelle King becomes Global VP of Product Design and Insights at Spotify
Liz Ogbu becomes the first ever Scholar in Residence at California College of the Arts
Lisa Strausfeld becomes Global Head of Data Visualization at Bloomberg LP
Christina Wodtke founds Women Talk Design to provide a directory of women speakers to conference organizers
Brooke Thompson joins the Kleiner Perkins Design Council
Dorelle Rabinowitz leads the team charged with creating Intuit’s design system unifying all their products across platforms.
Liz Ogbu joins the faculty at Stanford University
Karen Holtzblatt founds the Women in Tech Project
Dana Chisnell cofounds the Center for Civic Design, with Whitney Quesenbery.
Whitney Quesenbery cofounds the Center for Civic Design, with Dana Chisnell.
danah boyd founds the Data and Society Research Institute
Irene Au joins Kholsa Ventures as a Managing Partner
Abby Covert becomes President of the IA Institute
Daniela Jorge becomes Vice President, Digital Design and User Experience at AT&T
Kaaren Hanson becomes VP Experience Design at Medallia
Jennifer Bove becomes SVP, Group Design Director at Fjord
Maureen Macharia cofounds the Wanan CHI chapter
Becomes President of the Design Management Institute.
Kat Vellos creates the Bay Area Black Designers community
Antonia Anni is the Founder/Curator of Platforms For Women
Laura Klein and Kate Rutter begin hosting the podcast “What Is Wrong with UX?“
Liz Jackson founds the Disabled List a disability led organization that engages in disability as a creative practice
Meriah Moulton becomes Chief Design Officer at USAA
Amelie Lamont co-founds Dreamers // Doers
Julia Whitney becomes Executive Creative Director at the BBC
George Oates creates and is CEO of Museum in a Box—a mini interactive exhibit that can be sent out to schools and other organizations that serve kids.
Jane Shih is the City Founder- Taipei of Ladies that UX
Catherine Courage joins Google as VP of Ads and Commerce UX
Irene Au publishes “Design in Venture Capital.
Jessica Helfand and Michael Bierut join the faculty of Yale SOM
Shahrzad Darafsheh is the Co-founder & Chief Design Officer at Billflow
Amy Jiménez Márquez becomes owner and publisher of Boxes and Arrows
Amber Case authors Calm Technology for O’Reilly Media
Kavitha Krishnan Co Founds the Better By Design Conference
Priyanka Kakar becomes Director, Interaction Design & User Experience of The Walt Disney Company
Kara DeFrias becomes Director of Experience Design for Vice President Biden on his Cancer Moonshot initiative in the Obama White House.
Dori Tunstall becomes the first black, and black female Dean of Design at Toronto’s OCAD University, becoming the first black woman to head design faculty anywhere.
Danielle Forward founds Natives Rising to promote visibility of Native Americans and Indigineous people within tech and design.
Jules Forest creates the Women Who Design directory
Ari Melenciano is the founding Director of Afrotectopia
Mary Gathithi Wangari cofounds the Nairobi Design Community
Kate Aronowitz joins Google Ventures (GV) as Design Partner.
Danielle Barnes becomes CEO of Women Talk Design and begins a series of initiatives to expand the groups offerings and impact
Olga V. Perfilieva becomes Co-Organizer of Ladies that UX Boston
Alisha Ramos is founder and CEO of Girls’ Night In
Doreen Lorenzo becomes Assistant Dean for the new School of Design and Creative Technologies at the University of Texas
Ivy Mukherjee co-creates the Indians Who Design directory.
Vanessa Cho joins GV as a Design Partner.
Mariana Valenzuela & Carolina Sepúlveda R. cofounds +Mujeres en UX experience the first community of women UXers in Latin America (Chile, Peru, Argentina and Mexico)
Kim Lenox becomes VP Product Design and Research at Zendesk
Sarah Alpern becomes VP of Design at LinkedIn
Rochelle King becomes VP, Creative Production at Netflix
Maureen Macharia founds the UX and Product conference and community in Nariobi in order to foster community for these emerging disciplines.
Janice Fraser is a founding partner of Seneca Ventures, a VC firm focused on women and BIPOC founders.
Cathy Lee Davenport becomes Vice President, Interactive Design (HBO)
Kaaren Hanson becomes ExecutiveVP Experience Design & Research at Wells Fargo
Tereza Alux serves as Global Director for Ladies that UX
danah boyd receives the eff.org Barlow/Pioneer Award
Zuli Segura creates the Latinx Design Directory
Vivianne Castillo founds HumanityCentred
Daniela Jorge becomes Chief Design Officer for Global Design at PayPal
Leslie Witt becomes Chief Design Officer at Headspace Inc.
Liz Jackson becomes Designer-In-Residence at the School of Visual Arts
Ovetta Sampson becomes a Principal Design Director at Microsoft
Sasha Constanza-Chock becomes a Senior Research Fellow at The Algorithmic Justice League
Jennifer Bove becomes Head of Design, B2B Payments at Capital One
Lisa Strausefeld becomes VP Design at System Inc, a company building software to help the world see and solve anything as a system
Dori Tunstall is the first black female dean of design and is currently Dean of Design at Ontario College of Art and Design University in Ontario, Canada.
Kaaren Hanson becomes Chief Design Officer of Consumer & Community Banking at J.P. Morgan Chase
Amber Case becomes a research fellow with Mozilla Foundation
Becomes Vice President, UX & Product Design at Salesforce
Becomes Vice President of Machine Learning UX Design & Responsible AI at Capital One
Grace Lau and Andrea Rosenbusch spearhead turning the World IA Day event into the World Information Architecture Association which will continue to sponsor the annual global event. The Association fills the hole left by the demise of the Information Architect Institute.