Fred Sampson

Technical Communicator
Information Architect

My first book, Effective Prototyping with Excel: A practical handbook for developers and designers (Interactive Technologies), which I co-authored with my friends Jonathan Arnowitz, Michael Arent, and Nevin Berger, was published January 19, 2009. Learn more about it, and about the previous book, Effective Prototyping for Software Makers (Interactive Technologies), at

My day job entails developing information for bleeding-edge search and e-discovery products from IBM Information Management. In addition to my work as an information developer and information architect at IBM Silicon Valley Lab, I have also found myself in the position of accidental social media trainer.

I am currently Vice-President for Operations for ACM SIGCHI. I was Vice-President for Finance of ACM SIGCHI from 2006 to 2009. I was a leader in the Silicon Valley chapter of STC from 2000 to 2005, and have contributed to STC at the society level: I was recognized with the STC President's Award in 2004. And I've been webmaster for CHI and DUX conference websites.

My interests include user experience design and information architecture as informed by the art and science of technical communication.

See the articles archive for online versions of my articles from ACM <interactions> magazine.

My blog has been retired; you can follow me on Twitter: @fsampson.

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