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Tania Schlatter

Part-time faculty

Tania Schlatter is a UX & UI design consultant, author, and educator. Formal study includes an M.Des. in human-centered communication design from the Institute of Design in Chicago; study in Brissago, Switzerland with Paul Rand and Armin Hofmann through the Yale University summer program in graphic design; and a BFA in graphic design from Boston University.

Tania works with designers, researchers, and developers to help decide what to design, and how to design it using a system-aware and user-centered approach. She leads UX & UI work at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University and teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in interaction and information design at Northeastern University. Tania co-owned the Boston UX firm Nimble Partners, and led the design of interactive applications for MIT, Tufts University, Endeca (now Oracle) and BurningGlass Technologies. Nimble Partners also defined the UX for webby-winning Catapult.org, and helped launch Napster’s early mobile app. Tania co-wrote the book “Visual Usability, Principles and Practices for Designing Digital Applications,” with Deborah Levinson, which was published by Morgan Kaufmann in 2013.

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  • Master of Design in human-centered communication design (M.Des), Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL
  • BFA in graphic design, Boston University School for the Arts

Professional Experience

  • Present, UX & UI Design Lead, Harvard University IQSS
  • 2004-2015, Principal, Co-founder Nimble Partners
  • 2003-2004, Advisor, Publishing Services Bureau, MIT
  • 1999-2002, Design Lead, Art Technology Group (ATG)
  • 1995-1997, Senior Designer, Suffolk University Creative Services
  • 1992-1995, Graphic Designer/Project Manager, Shepard/Quraeshi Associates
  • 1991-1992, Assistant Designer, WGBH Design

Past Clients

  • Harvard University Department of History
  • Stoltze Design
  • Catapult.org
  • BurningGlass Technologies
  • Endeca Technologies
  • Umbra, Ltd
  • CafePress.com
  • MIT Medical
  • MIT VP for Finance
  • MIT Human Resources

Courses Taught

  • Interaction Design 1: Responsive
  • Information Design
  • Interactive Information Design 2 (NU CPS Digital Media)
  • Interactive Information Design 1 (NU CPS Digital Media)
  • Designing Infographics (NU CPS Digital Media)
  • Thesis Advisor (NU CPS Digital Media)

Research/Publications Highlights

May 2013 Schlatter, Tania, Levinson, Deborah, “Visual Usability: Principles and Practices for Designing Digital Applications” Morgan Kaufman, 2013

Professional Affiliations

2015-present Speaker and mentor, UXPA Boston professional and career events 

2012-present Submission reviewer and attendee, UXPA Boston Conference 

2011, 2017 Conference Attendee, IxDA (Interaction Design Association) Education Summit 

Research Interests

  • Visual information interfaces and systems using a user-centered approach