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HCI Seminar 2/28, Mira Dontcheva -- Lowering the Barriers to Learning Complex Visual Design Tools

Michael Bernstein msb at
Wed Feb 26 22:07:21 PST 2014

Mira Dontcheva, Adobe Research
Lowering the Barriers to Learning Complex Visual Design Tools

February 28, 2014, 12:50-2:05pm, Gates B01 · Open to the public
CS547 Human-Computer Interaction Seminar (Seminar on People, Computers, and

In the past learning how to use complex visual design software, such as
Adobe Photoshop, involved taking classes and reading books. In contrast,
today's photographers and visual designers are more likely to learn how to
use software opportunistically, as they need to adjust a photo, create a
family album, or design a website. Together with my collaborators I have
been developing and studying a variety of techniques for making it easier
to learn new visual design and computational photography skills. In this
talk I will describe our research on
instructional design, video tutorials, and games and discuss the challenges
and opportunities for learning in the context of visual design tools.

Mira Dontcheva is a Senior Research Scientist at Adobe Systems. Mira's
research focuses on instructional design, creativity support tools, and
visualization. Since joining Adobe, Mira has been learning about designers
developers and building new tools to support their information needs. In
Mira published her first edited book - No Code Required: Giving Users Tools
Transform the Web. Mira completed her PhD at the University of Washington
in 2008. She was an undergraduate at the University of Michigan and
completed her BSE in computer engineering in 2000.
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