Tom Allison


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Ehrenamt, User Experience, Lead Mentor, Google Launchpad, Google Germany GmbH

Berlin, Germany


UX in an Agile development context
Information Architecture
Usability Engineering
Interaction Design
User Experience Design
Masters in Information Science
Human-Computer Interaction
University of Michigan School of Information; High-tech Anthropologist
Menlo Innovations; Information Architect OVPR
Sagient; Masters in Neuroscience
University of Michigan Neuroscience Program; Behavioral Research
Chemistry Research
Writing skills
Editing experience
Teaching children
Teaching university students
Teaching adults
Presentation skills


Professional experience for Tom Allison

  • Current 7 years and 10 months, since Sep 2014

    User Experience, Lead Mentor, Google Launchpad

    Google Germany GmbH

    I served as a UX Mentor in Germany's first ever Google Launchpad for early stage startups and am helping to nurture and shape the program, going forward.

  • 2 years and 6 months, Sep 2017 - Feb 2020

    Managing Director at UX&I, Berlin

    UX&I GmbH
  • 1 year and 1 month, Aug 2016 - Aug 2017

    Senior Advisor in Matters of User Experience


  • Conception and teaching of the hands-on portion of a master's course on User-Centered Design for design students led by Prof. Dr. Jan-Henning Raff. My contribution was to lecture on and facilitate the application of methods of design evaluation, including constructing personas, running UCD design reviews and user testing.

  • 1 year and 3 months, May 2015 - Jul 2016

    Chief Experience Officer


  • 7 months, Sep 2014 - Mar 2015

    Senior User Experience Designer

    Delivery Hero Holding GmbH

  • 2 years and 3 months, Apr 2011 - Jun 2013

    Senior User Experience Architect

    myphotobook GmbH

  • 4 years and 11 months, May 2006 - Mar 2011

    User Experience (UX) Researcher and Designer


    In addition to giving talks on various aspects of User Experience analysis and UI design, I've been busy as a Konzepter working with large German firms on global Websites and Web applications. I am especially interested in the integration of UX activities in Agile development teams and am always on the lookout for opportunities to work in that context.

  • 1 year and 9 months, Apr 2004 - Dec 2005

    High Tech Anthropologist (R)

    Menlo Innovations

    User Experience Researcher and Designer in an Agile Team Context -- Enabled software application development by studying the cultural, symbolic, and value context of users and translated them, in a way that preserves business priorities, to agile software development teams.

  • 2 years and 11 months, May 2001 - Mar 2004

    Web Design and Development of PEERRS Instructional Website

    Office of the Vice President for Research, University of Michigan

    Developed the information architecture for the site, planned and coordinated usability testing, wrote DHTML code, developed an integrated bug tracking system for the site. I assisted in developing the over-all project plan and schedule. As lead developer, in 2004, I coordinated the work of programmers and subject matter experts.

  • 1 year, May 2000 - Apr 2001

    Project Manager & Programmer

    Economics Department, University of Michigan

    Managed and participated in the development of a website that presents historical research on the Alger Hiss case. Designed and integrated the site’s database with MS Access and ColdFusion

  • 5 years and 9 months, Aug 1994 - Apr 2000

    Research Assistant in Neuroscience

    University of Michigan

    Designed and carried out research projects in: Neurobiology of Zebrafish Development, Molecular Neurobiology of the adreno-cortico “stress” axis, and Biopshychology of amygdala function in behaviorally conditioned rats.


    acquiring German and working on a free-lance basis while looking for positions in User Interface Design, User Experience Design, Information Architecture. See full profile and references here:

Educational background for Tom Allison

  • 2001 - 2004

    Information Science

    University of Michigan

    Human-Computer Interaction; Interaction Design; Information Architecture; Design of Systems and Services

  • 1994 - 1999


    University of Michigan

    Developmental Biology; Biopsychology

  • 1990 - 1994

    Chemistry, Philosophy

    University of Kansas


  • English

    First language

  • German


  • French



Permanent or project-based work
lively discussion about nearly anything
but especially
in this professional context
in the user-focused areas of software
service development and publishing
especially in the context of Agile processes
User Interface Design
Design for Usability
Usability Assessment
User Experience Design
Information Architecture
High-tech Anthropology
Opportunities for applying novel software development methodologies in a start up or adapting them to current businesses
Opportunities to champion user-centered
multi-interest-balanced software development
Extreme Programming
Agile software designer
User representative
Arbeit in den Bereichen: User Experience
Software Design
Mensch-Computer Interaktion.


Social Systems
Musical Performances
Visual Arts
Novel Media

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