Everett was a very prominent figure in User Experience at Microsoft. He is the father of the Windows User Experience Guidelines for the entire company. He was one of the very few that were technically talented and also very knowledgeable about User Experience.
Everett has done an amazing job of being the go-to guy at Microsoft for many years and multiple releases of Windows (in all the many flavors) when it comes to user experience guidelines and standardization across the company.
Frank Bisono, Senior Information Architect Lead, Expedia
As a software developer for nearly 15 years, I have a strong focus on creating software that is maintainable from a developer perspective. However, Everett's outstanding UX Design Essentials Workshop quickly gave me much more insight into the perspective that matters most in business—the customer's.
Loaded with visual examples from real user interfaces, his clear and concise treatment of UX design principles was fun and convincing. Everett energized the course with brief hands-on exercises to maximize retention of the principles and practices taught. Development teams from our company were invited to demonstrate our software to the other attendees, encouraging impromptu brainstorming sessions. Everett kindly offered his own expert advice as to how the user interface could be simplified.
The design exercise on the final day of the workshop gave us all an opportunity to put what we learned into practice through a redesign of the user interface for one of our product's top customer scenarios. Not only did I gain experience applying the techniques we learned, but I was also able to meet and work with a lot of great new people.
I'd highly recommend Everett's workshop to any business wanting to tailor their products to the needs of the widest possible audience and rapidly expand their reach into new markets.
On November 14, 2013, I presented "Great UX without time, money, or design skills" to the Stanford Igniters in Mountain View, CA. Here is a summary of the presentation, plus a link to the deck and various related resources.