Hello! I'm Paul McAleer.
The last thing anyone wants is to spend any time on a difficult system in order to get the information they need. I want information architecture and good design to make things simpler for people from all backgrounds, ethnicities, and identities. Technology isn't just for any one group of people. It is powerful and can help level the playing field; if I can contribute to that via my work, then I'm doing something good.
In my day job I'm a designer at Rightpoint. My work includes information architecture, strategy, design, research, and even ordering snacks for the office (just because I care). Beyond that, I am a writer, teacher, mentor, and speaker.
Writing has always been in my veins. When I was a kid, I submitted a time-travel book to the Scholastic Book Contest. I found my first writing home on the Commodore 64 magazine Loadstar, where I reviewed software and hardware. My work progressed: music reviews in the high school newspaper, intensely personal stuff on my website and newsletter, and a number of different venues today.
Teaching, facilitation, and mentoring are a big part of what I do. I view the classroom like I view client kickoffs and workshops: a safe place where we’ll work together, share ideas, and come out stronger. I created a video training class for O’Reilly Media, I was the very first instructor at General Assembly Chicago, and I taught web design at Columbia College Chicago. I currently teach at Girl Develop It Denver/Boulder and General Assembly Denver.
I’ve spoken at conferences including SXSW Interactive (twice), WebVisions (twice), CreativeMornings, and UX STRAT. And for three years I co-hosted the podcast Designing Yourself with my friend Whitney Hess. Someday I’ll merge my love of public speaking with my knack for good puns and create a UX-based comedy routine. Someday!
I live in beautiful Denver, Colorado. I live here with my wife, son, and 2 dogs. I don’t know how to ski.
And now for all y'all who need something formal:
This biography is written in the third-person for use in media, event programs, etc.
Paul McAleer is a designer, writer, information architect, and fan of awesome things.
Paul has 33 years of experience in technology and design. Paul's initial focus in developing high-quality websites uncovered a passion for creating thoughtful interfaces and, later still, defining holistic strategies and experiences for people, non-profits, and companies. Paul built the UX practice at Gogo, and has helped other organizations plan and staff for effective design work. Paul's clients include Orbitz, Expedia, UnitedHealthcare, and Stanford Hospital & Clinics.
In his current work, Paul uses design as a tool to make things simple. Paul is an Associate Experience Director at Rightpoint, where Paul creates apps, websites, and strategies that keep users' needs at their centers. Paul's work at Rightpoint includes deep user research, roadmaps, prototypes, and facilitating collaborative workshops with clients. In addition, Paul is an advocate for diversity, inclusion, and equality in the digital design field.
A noted writer, speaker, and photographer, Paul's speaking engagements include repeat performances at SXSW Interactive and WebVisions. Paul also spoke at CreativeMornings Denver, the inaugural UX STRAT conference, and World IA Day Chicago. Paul's writing has been published in UX Matters, and Paul's photography was featured in the book Communicating with Pattern: Stripes. Paul is currently writing a book.
A Chicago native, Paul now lives with family in beautiful Colorado.