Michael Nelson

My interests with user experience and people started off in psychology. At Hendrix College, I studied psychology intensely and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in English/film studies. Through my interest and study of human behavior, I knew I wanted to be a part of a team that imagined and created awesome products that people use every day. This desire has lead me to pursue a master’s degree in the Human Factors and Usability Testing program at Missouri Western State University, where I am also a graduate assistant in the program. Currently I am a user experience intern at AJI software, which has been one of the best and most educational experiences of my life. My favorite part of my day is getting to work with the latest set of wire frames for a project. I love experimenting with ideas and trying out new designs that can meet our clients goals. I have experience working with Axure, GIMP 2, Photoshop, Pencil, Morae, and SPSS.

When I am not working or at school, I like to hang out with friends and family, play video games, play poker, watch TV, play board games, exercise, and eat good food. I have always been drawn to playing games of skill and strategy, which has turned into a great passion of mine. Through this passion I have learned that the best way to learn a new skill or subject is to surround yourself with (or play against) people who are much more knowledgeable and better than you at that subject. Other people are our greatest resources in life and I love to learn all I can from other individuals.  As for user experience, I love the challenge of developing and designing products that not only function well but generate positive emotional experiences in users. I feel that by creating a product that makes people feel good when they use it, people will always want to come back to that experience.

Currently I am a user experience intern at AJI software, which has been one of the best and most educational experiences of my life.