Francine collaborates with teams and clients at MAYA Design to bring human experiences to the forefront of our design work on innovative technologies. She is an expert in human-centered design methods and their application in a variety of complex situations for MAYA’s healthcare, military, and industrial clients. She shapes better product experiences by building an understanding of users’ context, goals, and desires, then exploring and developing new forms for interaction with digital technology.
With 5 patents and more than 15 publications to her credit, Francine has exhibited and lectured about her work at schools and institutions around the world.
Francine headed up MAYA’s training initiative prior to passing the torch to the team who founded LUMA Institute. She is currently leading the Human Sciences Group. Prior to working at MAYA, Francine spent 8 years teaming with engineers at Carnegie Mellon University’s Wearable Computing Group and Robotics Institute.
MDes Interaction Design, Carnegie Mellon University
BFA Industrial Design, Carnegie Mellon University
Places I’ve Lived
Books I Love
Cookbooks - because they expose a very complex ecology of plants, animals and humans through simple making exercises.
Earliest Memory of Using Something High-Tech
1992 CMU email account, which seemed high-tech largely because my parents had no idea what it was.
First Thing I Built
Life size terra cotta hamburger - age 5.