I’m Saul, a recent Master’s graduate in Human-Computer Interaction and Incentive-Centered Design at the University of Michigan School of Information. I’ve been interested in people, the way people think, and technology for a long time, starting in my undergraduate education at UCLA in Cognitive Science. I’ve always been a strong believer in bringing together different disciplines, most notably cognitive psychology, design and engineering, to research/create/design/develop systems that are truly in tune with the user’s needs and motivations.
In terms of what I do, I feel that user advocacy, and leveraging qualitative and quantitative methodology to understand and respond to the needs of the user is one of the most important and powerful approaches to modernity. I also believe that the power of User Experience and User-Centered Design/Inquiry should be applied throughout the development cycle and in areas beyond the simple interface, as the UX professional has the unique and potent ability to focus development and thought at the most important and vital part of any design: the user. To help in this, I am a proponent of data collection, analysis, and visualization to drive qualitative aspects user research, as well as discovering emergent patterns of user behavior. In addition, I believe in leveraging the fields of motivation, emotion, incentive, and social influence. I feel that these are valuable skills, and in fact should be more commonly applied, for effective user experiences.
My personal interests are a little more straightforward- I like to study Near Eastern languages and culture, practice jujitsu and powerlifting, and love my family and to a lesser-yet-still-significant extent, my two rabbits Daphne and Casey (they’re adorable). Please explore my portfolio, and feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Also, this portfolio will be continually updated, so you can subscribe to it, or just check back whenever.