emily saltz

Emily is an interaction designer, user researcher, creative technologist, amateur linguist, and reckless collector of job descriptors. She thinks a lot about how to make digital infrastructure more humane, accessible, and fun.

User Experience

Stockgrok (Bloomberg/CMU) - Led research for a sonic chart analysis tool for financial visualizations accessible for people with visual impairments

Toward Measuring Empathy in Virtual Reality - A qualitative user research protocol for measuring emotion in VR

Pop Up Archive - Community codesign and wireframing for podcast and radio search products

Expressive Biofeedback Chat - A pilot study exploring sharing skin conductance values through kinetic typography

CoPilot (Philips/CMU) - An iPhone app service concept to make it easy for parents, teachers and children to react in real time to environmental asthma triggers

BreatheIO Bot - A self care Slackbot to create custom breathing exercises (with gifs!)

Art & Speculative Design

Super Sad Googles (Code Societies @ SFPC) - Autocomplete populated by crowdcourced "sad" google searches

Filter Bubble Roulette (Winner of Mozilla's Reality Redrawn Challenge) - An experience to inhabit user-specific social media feeds based on volumetric video interviews with a range of New Yorkers. Exhibited at the Tech Museum of Innovation

Close (but not too close) - An interactive installation using depth-sensors to explore the concept of proxemics with a virtual figure

Into the Mode - A web simulation of an early mode-based text editor which explores an alternate history of computer-based text editing

Slavic Vintage Illustration Mashups - Vector recreations and collages of found vintage Soviet print designs

Talks & Workshops

Neither Her Nor Hal - Considering Access and Representation in the Next Generation of Speech Technology at Processing Community Day in Los Angeles (2019)

New Frontiers in the Sonification of Financial Data - A presentation of Bloomberg/CMU accessibility user research and design at the CSUN Assistive Tech Conference (2017)

Podcast Search API: Audiosear.ch - Presented Audiosear.ch podcast search API at the Collab/Space San Francisco meetup hosted by KQED and Mediashift (2015)

Writing

Speech Recognition for Media: It’s Not All About Accuracy (PBS Mediashift) - A call for publishers to consider the benefits of imperfect machine-generated transcripts

Potato is a Mass Noun - My newsletter about language, life, and technology

Popcast by Pop Up Archive - Script editing and creative direction for found sound podcast with stories ranging from 1904 wax cylinder songs to NASA's interstellar rumbles

Using Speech Technology for Political Analysis (Medium) - In this project the Pop Up Archive team took a look at how text analysis tools could bring insight about the speech patterns and key topics during an especially crowded Oakland mayoral race

Prototyping With Data: Visualizing Environmental Triggers Of Asthma (Medium) - A blog post about exploratory data visualization of asthma triggers for an asthma service design interface

What are the Top Challenges Facing Audio in 2015? (Medium, PBS Mediashift) - A two-part collection of quotes from podcast and radio influencers surveying challenges facing spoken word audio in the digital landscape, created in collaboration with Anne Wootton

Hackathons

Morse Striker (Google Creative Lab/Adaptive Design) - A spy-themed soccer game developed with a student with motor and visual diabilities

Amviewlate (ArchHacks Health Tech @ WashU) - Voice-activated augmented reality guide for Parkinson's Disease

Voxanon (Come and Play Audio Hackathon) - VoxAnon is a platform for submitting anonymous audio stories with the ability to use vocal filters to change their voice to share their story anonymously, or to modify their voice for fun

A-to-V (Open Audio Weekend from The Moth & NYPL) - A-to-V is a tool for users to upload their oral history audio collections onto a searchable map