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metaphasefourSt. Louis-based Metaphase Design Group Inc., which specializes in the research, ergonomics and design of hand-intensive products and packaging, welcomes SJ Creek, PhD as its new director of research, Marco Boscolo, PhD, ATC as director of human factors, and Tucker Brown and Matthew Bowman as industrial designers.

“We are pleased to add these four talented individuals to our experienced staff,” said Dr. Bryce Rutter, Founder and CEO of Metaphase Design Group. “Dr. Creek brings a unique skill set in studying human behavior and visualizing key research insights in ways that are accessible and compelling, so that clients more deeply understand the needs of their customers, while Dr. Boscolo brings his human factors and kinesiology expertise for creating intuitive and easy-to-use user interfaces to the team. Brown’s experimental design background in the healthcare industry will strengthen the company’s user-centered strategy, and Bowman’s SME certification will enhance our existing services.”

Creek is an ethnographer with a background in human behavior who understands the needs and experiences of users in a variety of industries, especially healthcare. When conducting research, she draws from a toolkit of contextual inquiry, one-on-one interviews, card sorts, focus groups, user experience research and usability testing. Creek received her PhD in Sociology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. In her role as director of research at Metaphase, she is responsible for design research, strategic product planning and moderation.

Boscolo is a human movement expert with 18 years of experience focused on the analysis of and evidence-based optimization and improvement of human movement in hospital-based industrial rehab and sports medicine, the United States Olympic Training Center, and collegiate sports medicine. He received his PhD in Kinesmetrics in the department of Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Boscolo is responsible for leading the planning, execution and reporting of human factors engineering, user interface and usability studies in his role as director of human factors.

Brown’s experience is in the healthcare industry, including service design, exhibit design, mobile applications, prototype creation, user-centered design, instructions for use, visual design and motion design. Brown holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design from the University of Kansas and has experience working on projects with Bausch & Lomb, Medtronic, Intel, Sphero Connected Toys, and Bayer Healthcare Diabetes. In his new role, he is responsible for design research and industrial design.

Bowman is highly skilled in product design, empathetic modeling, prototyping and manufacturing design. He presented his medical device design work at the 2017 Human Factors and Ergonomics Society’s International Symposium. He received his MFA in industrial design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his B.S. in manufacturing engineering technology from Brigham Young University. In his new role, he is responsible for design research and industrial design.

“Creek, Boscolo, Brown and Bowman bring extensive knowledge to our company, and we look forward to designing continued excellence in our products and services,” said Rutter.