Journey to UX Design

My UX career emerged from my earlier research and design pursuits for youth and education. Throughout I have published and presented occasionally on educational technology, design research, ubicomp (ubiquitous computing), accessibility, and UX practice.

Classmate PC at Intel

Student doing written work on top of the classmatePC. 2007

In 2007, I worked at Intel as a Human Factors Engineer with the Emerging Markets Platform group to design the Intel classmate PC. The small laptop was a purpose-built computer for schools and students. I conducted research on pilot programs in elementary schools in Texas, California, Oregon and Guadalajara. I have written about the classmate PC pilot programs and about using video ethnography within the design and development process as a communication tool between researchers, designers, and engineers.

Graduate research

At the University of California, Irvine, I began a PhD program in Informatics and received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Award to study technology use in education. I worked with Professor Gillian Hayes, a team of graduate students, and community education partners to deploy and eveluate vSked, a visual scheduling programming for students with autism. I published findings about classroom based assistive technology at CHI '11, on the challenges that schools face when defining of technology, and completed my Masters thesis proposing design research approaches to developing technology for classrooms.

Student using vSked in the classroom. 2009

Publications & Presentations

Conference presentations

“The Color Contrast Constraint: Negotiating aesthetics andaccessibility” Convey UX, 2019. 

“Can Single Page Applications Deliver World Class Web UX?” UXPA,2016.  “Would you like an account with that? A case study ofaccount creation user interfaces” (Poster) IA Summit, 2014

Cramer, M. "Would you like an account with that? A case study of account creation user interfaces" (Poster) Information Architecture Summit, 2014 

Peer reviewed conference papers

Cramer, M., Hirano,S.H., Tentori, M., Yeganyan, M.T., & Hayes, G.R. Classroom-Based Assistive Technology: Collective Use ofInteractive Visual Schedules by Students with Autism Proc. CHI2011. Vancouver, BC, Canada. May 7-12, 2011. 

Cramer, M., Beauregard, R., & Sharma, M. (2009) “Aninvestigation of purpose built netbooks for primary education.” Proceedings ofInternational Conference on Interaction Design and Children. 

Cramer, M., Sharma, M., Beauregard, R., & Salvador, T.(2008) “Video Utterances: Expressing and Sustaining Ethnographic Meaning through the Product Development Process.” Proceedings of Ethnographic Praxis inIndustry Conference. 

Cramer, M., Zutty, D., Foucault, B., Huffaker, D., Derby, D.& Cassell, J. (2007). “Everything in Moderation: The Effects of Adult Moderators in Online Youth Communities.” Proceedings of Communities andTechnologies. 


Cramer, M. & Hayes, G. (2010) “Acceptable Use of Technology in Schools: Risks, Policies, and Promises," IEEE Pervasive Computing, vol.9, no. 3. 

Cassell, J. & Cramer, M. (2007) “Hi Tech or High Risk? Moral Panics about Girls Online” in T. McPherson (ed.) Digital Youth,Innovation and the Unexpected. MIT Press.