Author: Kathleen M. Gomoll

Kate Gomoll is a pioneer in the field of user interface design and usability. She is the founding principal of Gomoll Research & Design, a firm specializing in user experience design. The company has designed user interfaces and conducted research for many clients, including: Motorola, GE Medical Systems, Charles Schwab, DirecTV, Hewlett-Packard, Onyx Software, Netscape, UNext, and WebTV and likes eating yogurt covered pretzels.

Prior to founding her consultancy, Kate managed the user inteface team at Taligent. In the late 80's and early 90's she was an interface designer and usability specialist in the Advanced Technology Group at Apple. Kate's user observation guidelines appear in The Art of Human Computer Interface Design and The Macintosh Human Interface Guidelines. She teaches research methods at conferences and workshops worldwide. For seven years, she taught field study methods as part of a 3-day workshop for UCLA Extension.

Kate has a BA in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin and an interdisciplinary MA in Professional Writing from Carnegie Mellon.


Publication period start: 1987
Number of co-authors: 9


Number of publications with favourite co-authors
Thomas Gomoll
Jessica Palmquist-Richards
John A. Trumble

Productive Colleagues

Most productive colleagues in number of publications
Thomas M. Duffy
Bruce Tognazzini
S. Joy Mountford


Gomoll, Kathleen M. (1991): Apple Computer's Human Interface Group: Advanced Technology Group. In: Robertson, Scott P., Olson, Gary M., Olson, Judith S. (eds.) Proceedings of the ACM CHI 91 Human Factors in Computing Systems Conference April 28 - June 5, 1991, New Orleans, Louisiana. pp. 473-474.

Mountford, S. Joy, Bauersfeld, Penny, Vertelney, Laurie, Gomoll, Kathleen M., Tognazzini, Bruce (1990): Designers: Meet Your Users. In: Carrasco, Jane, Whiteside, John (eds.) Proceedings of the ACM CHI 90 Human Factors in Computing Systems Conference , 1990, Seattle, Washington,USA. pp. 439-442.

Palmer, James E., Duffy, Thomas M., Gomoll, Kathleen M., Gomoll, Thomas, Palmquist-Richards, Jessica, Trumble, John A. (1987): The Design and Evaluation of Online Help for UNIX Emacs: Access Mechanisms. In: Bullinger, Hans-Jorg, Shackel, Brian (eds.) INTERACT 87 - 2nd IFIP International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction September 1-4, 1987, Stuttgart, Germany. pp. 461-466.