Jeffrey Johnson

Jeffrey Johnson

Adjunct Professor

Retired Faculty


After earning BA and PhD degrees from Yale and Stanford Universities, Professor Johnson worked as a UI designer and implementer, engineer manager, usability tester, and researcher at Cromemco, Xerox, US West, Hewlett-Packard Labs, and Sun Microsystems.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s he was chair of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility. He has taught at Stanford University, Mills College, the University of San Francisco, and in 2006 and 2013 taught HCI as an Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Since 2004 he has served on the SIGCHI Public Policy Committee. In 2013 he presented in the prestigious Authors@Google talk series. He is a member of the ACM SIGCHI Academy and in 2016 received SIGCHI's Lifetime Achievement in Practice Award. He is a Distinguished Member of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). He has authored or co-authored many articles and chapters on human-computer interaction, as well as the books GUI Bloopers, Web Bloopers, GUI Bloopers 2.0, Designing with the Mind in Mind, Conceptual Models: Core to Good Design (with Austin Henderson), Designing with the Mind in Mind 2nd edition, Designing User Interfaces for an Aging Population (with Kate Finn), Designing with the Mind in Mind 3rd edition, and Conceptual Models, 2nd edition.

Professor Johnson is currently consulting with Truth in Advertising about the accuracy and consumer understanding of "recyclable" labels on coffee-pod packaging. He is also in the process of updating his co-authored book with D. Austin Henderson, "Conceptual Models," which is expected to be published in 2024.



  • Human-computer interaction
  • Computer science education

Research Areas

  • Human-computer interaction


  • ACM SIGCHI Awards Committee, 2017-present
  • ACM SIGCHI U.S. Public Policy Committee, 2004-present
  • Heidelberg Laureate Forum Young Researcher Selection Committee, 2017-2020
  • Board Chair, Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, 1990-93
  • Member, USF Multidisciplinary Committee on Aging


  • PhD, Psychology (developmental, experimental), Stanford University
  • BA, Psychology (experimental), Yale University

Prior Experience

  • Visiting Erskine Fellow, University of Canterbury, Christchurch New Zealand
  • Adjunct Professor, Mills College
  • Adjunct Professor, Stanford University
  • President and Principal Consultant, UI Wizards, Inc.

Awards & Distinctions

  • Named an Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Distinguished Member, 2019
  • Recipient of ACM SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award, 2016
  • Elected to ACM SIGCHI Academy, January 2014
  • Erskine Fellow, Computer Science and Software Engineering Department, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 2013
  • Distinguished Speaker, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 2011-2014
  • Erskine Fellow, Computer Science and Software Engineering Department, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 2006

Selected Publications