Dirk Ruiz has been working in User Experience Design since 1993. He started at AT&T, designing and standardizing user interfaces for various computer-telephony integration products. At Sun Microsystems, Dirk focused on code-development applications. His first project was Java Studio, a tool to help non-programmers write simple Java applets. After winning a design award for Java Studio, Dirk worked on improving NetBeans: a tool for professional developers.
Dirk's career in design management began at Sun Microsystems. Dirk managed the NetBeans design team, as well as designers for numerous other projects. After Sun, Dirk moved to Intuit to manage the user experience of their award-winning QuickBooks product. Dirk then moved to Autodesk to manage the design team for Autodesk Design Review and Autodesk Navisworks.
After Autodesk, Dirk joined forces with Raghi Iyengar and Murali Iyer to build the Manufacton user experience from the ground up.
Dirk has a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Stanford University. Dirk also holds patents for user interfaces for computer-telephony integration and 4D scheduling software.