Bios

  • Patrick Purdy
  • Senior User Experience Designer, United Healthcare Group

Patrick Purdy is a User Experience Designer at United Healthcare in Southfield, Michigan. As a UX professional, Patrick has performed research, crafted strategy, and designed web and mobile experiences for clients including Microsoft, Johnson Controls, University of Michigan, Carhartt, Sports Authority, Scotts Miracle Grow, Bosch, and Learning Care Group. Prior to his work in User Experience, Patrick worked as an Art Director in the advertising industry creating television, online, and print campaigns for national and international brands such as Ford Motor Company, Mercedes-Benz, Avis Europe, Leinenkugel’s, Miller, BOSS, Culvers, Sargento, Mercury Marine, and The Chicago Bulls. Patrick got his BFA at the College for Creative Studies and an MS at Carnegie Mellon University.

  • Takeshi Nakagawa
  • Deputy Director, Frontier Service Development Laboratory, East Japan Railway Company

Mr. Takeshi Nakagawa was born in Tokyo, Japan, where he received his Bachelor of Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction (Tokyo Institute of Technology). Mr. Nakagawa joined East Japan Railway Company (JR East) in 1991, and currently serves as the Deputy Director of Frontier Service Development Lab, the R&D arm of JR East. His primary area of responsibility and interest is the ongoing development, testing, and deployment of ICT-based services for JR East's customers.

  • Anthony Viviano
  • Lead UX Designer, TD Ameritrade

Anthony Viviano lives in Brooklyn and is a UX Lead at TD Ameritrade. As the resident user advocate, he's interested in understanding user problems, hypothesizing solutions and validating these hypotheses. He considers these learnings his most important "deliverable." Anthony is an active participant in New York's UX and Startup communities and mentors UX newbies.

  • Jason Withrow
  • Usable Development and Internet Professional Instructor, Washtenaw Community College

Jason is the president and founder of Usable Development LLC, which focuses on user experience and web design consulting, development, and training. He co-chairs the Digital Media Arts department at Washtenaw Community College and is a faculty member in the Internet Professional program. His background includes over 12 years of experience in the web industry, in roles such as Information Architect and Business Systems Analyst.