Tania Schlatter

Design leader, educator & author

I lead UX & UI research and design in the product development group at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University. IQSS products help academic researchers compute, analyze, and share data. Our largest product, Dataverse, is open source data repository software, running over 67 installations worldwide.

I have deep expertise using visual design to make information and interactions clear and relevant for people, which I wrote about in Visual Usability. I teach interaction and information design part-time at Northeastern University. Previously, I co-founded Nimble Partners, a UX design consulting firm, was a publishing advisor to the community at MIT, led a design team at early web personalization software company ATG, and designed print publications for MIT admissions and WGBH.

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Product research & design

Sid research computing environment access flows
WIP: sequence for accessing Sid

I am leading UX work in progress on a new entry point to high-performance research computing at Harvard. Guided by user interviews, version 1 streamlined access to batch and interactive applications. Version 2 will use templates for streamlined access to common resources, on 2 environments (shown). Looking beyond, Sid will faciliatate access to multiple enviroments, configurable storage, and shared data.

Dataverse software UX & UI improvements
DataTags work in progress

Templates in development to improve usability, scaleability, responsiveness, and accessibility of Dataverse data repository software, including adopting the DataTags system for sensitive data.

DataTags work in progress

Story map to plan the integration of DataTags and other new features.

Product design for political social media startup reASSEMBLE.co
reAssemble political social media web app mobile reAssemble political social media web app

I worked with two startup founders, an entrepreneur and a law professor, to define, design, and launch a web application designed to promote civil discourse on divisive topics.

Teaching

Interactive Information Design 2
mfan concept by Matt Salerno mfan concept by Matt Salerno

Students learn observation and modeling techniques to understand and design for multi-channel systems.
Shown: "MFan" concept for enhancing a visit to Boston's MFA, by Matt Salerno

Designing Infographics
Student infographic: Explaining Henry VII by Gil Pocaterra Student infographic: Women in the olympic by Natasha Taylor

Students learn to analyze and work with data. They apply methods for encoding information, creating visualizations, and telling stories with data.
Shown: "Explaining Henry: A 46 Year Quest to Produce a Male Heir" by Gil Pocaterra, "Evolution of Female Participation in the Summer Olympics" by Natasha Taylor

Interaction Design 1
Student scrapbook web application UI design concept byTia Thompson Student scrapbook web application UI design concept byTia Thompson

Students learn and apply user-centered research and design principles through project work. They conduct research, develop prototypes, apply visual design to user interfaces, and code and test a basic responsive web site.
Shown: Memory Box by Tia Thompson

Publications & talks

Visual Usability

Visual Usability book cover image

Morgan Kaufman, 2013, with Deborah Levinson

This book helps web application developers understand and improve visual interfaces. It provides a framework and criteria for making design decisions that are appealing and communicate clearly. Published in English and Chinese. doi.org/10.1016/C2012-0-00687-4 | Goodreads | Amazon

Debby and I ran workshops based on the principles in the book at the International UXPA conference and Boston CHI.

Personas for software Installations?
Poster about applying the persona creation process to Dataverse software installations

Poster presented at the Information Architecture 2021 meeting that shows why and how we applied the persona creation process to installations of the Dataverse open source repository software. April 2021

The Pandemic: Science and Society
Presentation and panel discussion for the course at Washington University in St. Louis. The presentation introduces basic tenets for successful health communication, and shows work in progress for icons for a Harvard contact tracing app. August 2020

"Make me think! How might we create appropriate barriers for responsible interactions in Dataverse?"
Provocation for the Information Architects Academics and Practitioners Roundtable. May 2020

Advancing computational reproducibility in the Dataverse data repository platform

Forthcoming. In The 3rd International Workshop on Practical Reproducible Evaluation of Systems (P-RECS). A. Trisovic, P. Durbin, T. Schlatter, G. Durand, S. Barbosa, D. Brooke, M. Crosas

The paper explains the current situation for researchers, and how we address it in Dataverse software.

Expanding the Discourse: Future Practices in Scholarly Publishing

Decipher Vol. 1., 2019, by Jessica Barness and Amy Papaelias with Tania Schlatter

Speculative essay on design research repositories, resulting from the AIGA Design Educator's workshop.

seen + learned

Archived Nimble Partners blog with essays, news, presentations, and portfolio posts from 2008-2014.

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