The sCoop: 2011 year in review

Where have you gone 2011? We have fond memories and can’t wait to see what 2012 brings. For this year’s last sCoop, here’s highlights of a great year and our wishes for everyone to have the happiest of holiday seasons.

May you design the life you want to lead, and lead the life you design.
– Everyone at Cooper


We welcomed the new year and a new visual designer, Glen Davis, who began rocking our design world on day one.

We didn’t win Design Dodgeball, but we did have the coolest t-shirts on the block…designed by Glen.

We hosted a Lean UX workshop with Janice Fraser of LUXr.

Chris Noessel piloted our first international Cooper U Interaction Design session in Auckland, New Zealand, following it up with a presentation at Weta Digital.


Nick Myers shared his insights and experience about how The Visual Interface is Now Your Brand at Interactions 11.

We hosted Service Design Drinks at the Cooper studio, and enjoyed discussing service blueprinting and ecosystems in between cocktails.


Our Cooper family grow even more:

  • We welcomed Phil Paulick to give us the financial insight we need to run a healthy business.
  • Tamara Wayland joined us to lead us away from sales and towards true business development.
  • Andreas Braendhaugen strengthened our design team…and programming team…and videography team…and…
  • Kendra Shimmell arrived to take our training and education to the next level.

Chris and his co-author Nathan Shedroff were featured presenters at MacWorld for the upcoming book Make it So to be released in 2012.


We were proud to have Greg Schuler join our design team and immediately sink his teeth into the financial services domain.

Alan delivered a keynote at UX London.


Susan Dybbs talked about how to Pick Your Neurosurgeon’s Brain at the UX Lx user experience conference in Lisbon.

Spring Break, Cooper-style!


From June to August, we enjoyed the skillz and company and two design interns, Mo Goltz and Brendan Kneram.


We began a fantastic partnership with the fabulous team at Rock Health to provide design consultation and education for health care startups.
The Cooper U Design Collaboration & Communication course debuts!


We welcomed (back) Martina Meleike to our visual design team, whom we couldn’t wait to have join us full time after previously interning for us.

Cooper’s work with Taskrabbit and Pivotal Labs comes to life!

Cooper helps Streetline create the ultimate parking application.


Alan spoke about Software Alchemy and the Arc of Technology at the Commonwealth Club.


We were so excited to have Raphael Guilleminot join our design team. He brings not only mad design skills but the best wookie impersonation you’ll ever hear.

Thank you, Innova, for helping us bring Cooper U to Moscow!

We made some horrifying personas during Halloween.


Cooper’s design for Practice Fusion’s electronic medical record iPad application came to life at Practice Fusion Connect 11.

The great team at helped us bring Cooper U to Rio de Janeiro.

Indi Young taught us the art of creating mental models…and she is coming back on January 30 for another public course, so sign up now while there are still seats!


Jason Csizmadi was our last hire of 2011, making our visual design team stronger (and bigger) than it has ever been.

Alan and Kendra had a blast talking design and entrepreneurship at The Ohio State University.

We officially announced UX Bootcamp: Midwest for March 26-29 in Columbus, Ohio…can’t wait for next year!

Steve Calde

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