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Portfolio of Allison V. Leach, a San Francisco User Experience Researcher and Strategist


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about allison

I am a User Experience Researcher in San Francisco who is leading qualitative research for Autodesk's new cloud-based 3D modeling software, Fusion 360

My experience is rooted in my role at Hightail, where I was presented with the unique challenge of founding an in-house user research lab from the ground up. At Hightail, I became adept at quickly running a variety of both formative and evaluative research studies, from concept to completion.

Since Hightail, my clients have included AutodeskVulcan for User Lens, and EcoRebates.

As a design researcher, my job is to uncover insights about human behavior that will inform design innovation. In particular, I’m interested in the researcher’s role in cognitive design – the topic of my graduate thesis.

From preliminary interviewing to prototype testing, understanding the user’s experience is always at the forefront of my design thinking.

In May 2013, I graduated from the MFA Design program at California College of the Arts. In addition to a Master of Fine Arts degree, I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literary Arts from Brown University, and an Associate of Arts degree in General Studies from New York University. My studies also include graphic design at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City, film at The New York Film Academy at Princeton University, and analog photography at the University of Richmond in London.

An active networker, I am eager to hear from individuals who value user knowledge to design meaningful solutions. Whether you’re a UX researcher available for a casual chat, or a product designer interested in collaborating, you are welcome to contact me.

Thank you for visiting. I look forward to hearing from you.