Biography

Last updated on August 03, 2016.

I’m Nick Disabato, a designer and writer from Chicago. My last name is pronounced diss-AHH-b’TOE, but most people call me nickd. I run a small design consultancy, which is probably most known for A/B testing with Draft Revise and Revise Express, as well as larger reworks of web applications. I also wrote Cadence & Slang, a very small book about interaction design, in late 2010; its second edition came out at the end of 2013.

I love speaking at various conferences and meetups, and I’ve done so at SxSW, Web 2.0, O’Reilly Tools of Change, AIGA Chicago, Weapons of Mass Creation, and various sundry IxDA and Refresh chapters. I have been published in A List Apart, 99u, Smashing Magazine, The Next Web, Creative Class, and .net Magazine, among others. I tend to speak and write about issues in user experience and running a small design business.

I live in Chicago with my awesome partner and rad McNab dog, four blocks from Logan Square. I was born in Park Ridge and raised on the northwest side of Chicago and Chicagoland. I’m half Italian and half Romanian.

I graduated from Northwestern University in 2004, and I majored in applied math and pure math with a minor in English. After undergrad, I got a master’s in information science with a concentration in human-computer interaction from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I’ve been working professionally since 2006.

On the personal front: I’ve been car-free for nine years and counting. I built my bike myself in 2008. I love craft beer, good food, and bonfires with good friends. My favorite beer is Rochefort 10. I think your Italian food is garbage, but your Asian food is really good. I have some advice for you, but I don’t follow all of it myself.

I’m always looking for interesting work.

You can figure out my email address pretty easily, but I’d prefer if you reached out to my assistant first.

If you’re looking for a high-resolution press photo of me, try here.

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