Paul Robare is a professional interaction designer with experience designing consumer products and interfaces across many platforms. He has a Master’s degree in Interaction Design from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Bachelor’s of Economics from Grinnell College in Iowa.
Paul is a 4th generation Chicago native, but has also lived in Iowa, Pennsylvania, California, and Japan.
Paul often thinks of things he would like to write about, which is why he keeps this blog. Sometimes he even writes them (but not very often). Paul has a keen interest in “big-D Design” theory, particularly the more philosophical stuff. Essentially all of his attitudes regarding Design have their roots in the teachings of the following Great Design Thinkers (under whom Paul had the pleasure of studying): Hugh Dubberly, Richard Buchanan, Suguru Ishizaki, Jodi Forlizzi, and Golan Levin.
Paul can probably be described as a ‘John Dewey Pragmatist,’ and sees no contradiction in contradictions; forces/attitudes/things that are mutually antithetical according to strict rationalism, can and do exist simultaneously in perfect harmony in the real world. That is, even while logic may tell us that A and B cannot exist together, they often do. As a designer, Paul embraces this fallibility of logic and rationale as a fundamental principle of the human condition. If you understood this last paragraph please email me and explain it, because I don’t.