and agro-food industry). We are
also contributing to the UX for Life
Sciences (UXLS) initiative (https://
uxls.org/) to enable organizations that
develop scientific software to adopt UX
principles and methods.
I hope this blog post will help all of
us who are part of these diverse and
active communities focus on what
people do in addition to what people
In closing, I’d like to thank Danielle
Albers Szafir for writing the cover
story and the editors of Interactions for
publishing it. I welcome your feedback
on these thoughts.
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Nikiforos Karamanis is a senior user
experience designer at EMBL-EBI. He enjoys
spending time with life scientists, developers,
and other stakeholders to help them work
together to achieve their goals using lean user
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