Software Alchemist, author, founder of Cooper, 'Father of Visual Basic' and the inventor of design personas.
Alan Cooper co-founded the design and business strategy firm Cooper in 1992. He is widely known for his role in humanizing technology through his groundbreaking work in software design. He is also the author of the books About Face: The Essentials of Interaction Design (editions 1-4) and The Inmates Are Running the Asylum: Why High-Tech Products Drive Us Crazy and How to Restore the Sanity. Widely recognized as the “Father of Visual Basic," Alan also created the goal-directed design methodology and invented personas as practical interaction design tools to create high-tech products that delight user's sensibilities.
“The future,” Alan reminds us, “is right in front of us, unobscured by anything other than our inability to recognize it.”