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You've landed on the webpage of Dr John NA Brown, PhD, Dott Ric
Author, Lecturer, and Researcher into how humans interact with their tools and each other


Since I left Europe for Silicon Valley in 2016, I've been working as a User Experience Researcher and Consultant - principally at small start-ups like GoBambino, GlanceTech, Google, Facebook and, now, LinkedIn. Still suffering from a weird mix of Fernweh and Heimweh, I'm open to suggestions about where to go next. If you know of an interesting opportunity, then please tell me all about it at:
jnabrownATATATgmailDOTDOTDOTcom
My first book, "Anthropology-Based Computing: Putting the Human in Human-Computer Interaction", is about getting our computerised devices to stop insulting, hurting and even killing us. The book presents a novel approach to the study and practice of how humans build, adapt, and use tools. It's full of stories and examples from my decades of work as a designer, ergonomist, human factors specialist, and research scientist, and presents new working models of the human brain, and a proposed metric for calm interaction. There are practical experiments you can do to measure the way your phone, laptop, and other devices effect your body and your mind. Oh yeah - and there are cartoons! 


The cover of "Building an Intuitive Multimodal Interface for a Smart Home: Hunting the SNARK"
My second book, "Building an Intuitive Multimodal Interface for a Smart Home: Hunting the SNARK"was co-authored with Anton Fercher and Gerhard Leitner, who ran the Austrian Smart Home network called Casa Vecchia. This book tells the story of how we successfully built and tested a truly intuitive multimodal interface that lets people easily interact with networks of embedded systems and complex tools. 
Fun fact: The interface and many other parts of the project were named after characters and events from Lewis Carroll's brilliant poem: The Hunting of the Snark.


The cover of Set Phasers to Teach is an original oil painting by Doctor Victor Grech
I'm proud that both of these books were published by Springer, and I'm very pleased to be able to continue my relationship with the wonderful Beverley Ford and her team there. They've just released "Set Phasers to Teach: Star Trek in Research and Teaching", which was edited by Steve Rabitsch, Martin Gabriel, Wil Elmenreich, and myself. The book is a collection of essays by 16 international researchers from a wide variety of fields, discussing how Star Trek has influenced what they do and how they do it. Topics range from Astrophysics to Ethnology, from English and History to Medicine and Video Games, and from American Studies to the study of Collective Computing Systems. And yes, once again, there are cartoons!

By the way, I'm no longer playing and singing on Saturday nights at the smallest bar in San Francisco. 
Sorry if I never got around to your request.

Thanks for reading,

John