Lecturer, Center for Integrated Design
Kevin McDonald is a seasoned interaction designer. In his 15 years of practice, his work has ranged from traditional software and web development to mobile applications in both the consumer and enterprise categories. Previous clients include HP, Sprint/Nextel, Vodafone, Microsoft, Expedia, Thomson Reuters, T-Mobile and NPR.
Most recently, Kevin led the user experience and design efforts at Spredfast – an Austin-based startup that provides large corporations and brands with enterprise-level solutions in the social media management space. Prior to joining Spredfast, Kevin spent three years at Dell creating applications for the company’s consumer lines of products. And before Dell, Kevin spent six years as a Principal Designer at frogdesign.
He currently serves on the faculty at the Austin Center for Design (www.ac4d.com) — an educational institution with a curriculum that emphasizes creative problem solving in the context of social issues, like poverty, nutrition and homelessness.
In his work, he’s responsible for communicating user goals and leading the design team to generate effective solutions. As a designer, he’s responsible for subject matter expertise that goes well beyond that of an armchair quarterback. And as self-appointed class clown, he’s responsible for cracking jokes often and much.
He holds a BA in History with a minor in Ceramics from the College of William and Mary and earned a Master’s degree in Human Computer Interaction from Georgia Tech, where he conducted research in the Everyday Computing Laboratory – a unit of the Graphics, Visualization and Usability Center.