User-centred design and online usability consultancy, Human Factors International (HFI) has expanded its London operations with the appointment of Scott Weiss as an Executive Director.

In his new role, Weiss will be responsible for working closely with clients to help them achieve their business goals by applying global usability design and research methods.

He joins HFI from New York, where he has been running the Usable Products Company, which he founded in 1996. He brings extensive experience in usability and design, having worked with a range of high profile clients, including Dun & Bradstreet, GlaxoSmithKline, Intel, Samsung and Vodafone.

Prior to that, Weiss’s career included roles at Apple, Microsoft, Sybase and Autodesk.

He is the author of “Handheld Usability”, the pioneering design, prototyping and usability text for the mobile industry and a contributor to a number of other published works on usability and user experience.

Weiss is a keen advocate of usability and user-centred design, with a special interest in mobile user interface technologies and quantitative usability benchmarking. He has been involved in designing and prototyping features for Vodafone’s Simply mobile phone platform, as well as optimising the complete user experience of four MP3 players.

“Scott Weiss’s impeccable credentials in the industry and track record of leading usability and design projects will be of immense value to our clients,” says Nigel Grace, Managing Director of Human Factors International’s London office.

Weiss holds a BS Engineering Degree in Human Interface Design from Stanford University. He is regularly invited to speak on usability and deliver training courses to usability professionals in the US, UK, EU, Asia and the Pacific.

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For further information, please contact Nigel Grace, Managing Director, Human Factors International, tel: +44 (0)207 290 3430, email: nigel@humanfactors.com or visit www.humanfactors.com
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Notes to Editors

1. As engineering psychologists, Human Factors International (HFI) specialises in creating intuitive, usable interfaces and applications by applying software ergonomics.

2. HFI also pioneered the contextual innovation design methodology, which positions all aspects of design, including research and development, firmly within the social and cultural context of a product’s target consumers.

3. HFI has offices in London, the US, India, Singapore and China, as well as third party relationships with testing facilities in Europe and Latin America.

Published on: 12:00AM on 11th February 2008