Senior Research Scientist at Nokia Research Lab. Author of upcoming Rosenfeld Media book - The Mobile Frontier: A Guide for Designing Mobile Experiences
Rachel Hinman is a researcher, designer and a recognized thought leader in the mobile user experience field. Her passions for cultural study, art, and design coupled with the belief that people can use technology to improve the human condition have been the driving forces in her career.
Currently, Rachel is a Senior Research Scientist at the Nokia Research Center in Palo Alto, California. There she focuses on the research and design of emergent and experimental mobile interfaces and mobile experiences for emerging markets. Prior to joining Nokia, Rachel was an experience design director at Adaptive Path, and a mobile researcher and strategist for Yahoo's mobile group. Rachel's innate sensitivity to people and culture have proven powerful skills in the field, enabling her to successfully lead research studies on mobile phone usage in the US, Europe, Asia and Africa.
Rachel writes and speaks frequently on the topic of mobile research and design. She is the creative force behind the 90 Mobiles in 90 Days Project and her perspectives on mobile user experience has been featured in Interactions Magazine, BusinessWeek and Wired. She is currently writing a book entitled The Mobile Frontier: A Guide to Creating Mobile User Experience with Rosenfeld Media. Expected publication is late 2011.
Rachel received a Masters Degree in Design Planning from the Institute of Design in Chicago.