Stephanie Houde brings more than twenty years experience designing interactive applications for companies and institutions including Bitstream, Apple, Lotus Software, Crosfield-Lightspeed, and the MIT Media Laboratory. Her work includes many innovative and first-time product releases.
She has a track record of collaborating effectively with software engineers, product owners, and other stakeholders to create user-friendly software experiences that are well suited to the implementation platform, product goals, and user requirements. She works well in user experience teams, and also has significant experience working as the sole designer responsible for the entire product design process.
Stephanie’s process is grounded in user research, which she effectively applies to gather requirements and to develop empathy with users and their stories. She believes in representing early stage design ideas quickly and iterating through possibilities rapidly by sketching, prototyping, and evaluating ideas with both users and product stakeholders. She is also well-versed in producing detailed final specifications and artwork.
Stephanie’s publications – both case studies and papers about interaction design methods – are widely cited, and she is an inventor on several software design patents. Her undergraduate degree is in Architecture from Wellesley College and she obtained her Masters Degree in graphic design from The Massachusetts College of Art. Prior to entering the user experience design field, she worked as a software engineer at the MIT Media Laboratory and Lightspeed, Inc.