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Eli Sidman

Design, Hiring Coordinator

Eli stumbled upon user-centered design while creating interactive science demonstrations as a lab instructor in the MIT physics department. Fascinated by intentionally designing learning objects and experiences, he pursued his interest at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) where he received a masters in Designed Objects. After working in education spaces on user research and physical learning kits, he found that much of the most exciting work was in the digital space. He joined Tandem to do digital design and to work alongside developers.

Skilled in user research, Eli was able to quickly dive into defining and building a prototype for Tollos - a hospital lift company looking to create WIFI-enabled lifts and monitoring software. He and the Tandem team interviewed and observed end users as well as the company’s manufacturing process to research, synthesize, and prioritize a product roadmap. He and the team then created and tested prototypes with users all over the country.

Eli also excelled as lead designer with Epiq, another client of Tandem’s. Epiq hoped to take their existing product to the next level, and Eli demonstrated how user research, accessibility, and visual design choices like color and typography would help them guide their users.

Outside of work, Eli experiments with photography and printmaking, often turning his camera to the sky to take stunning astronomical photographs. He also gets outside to play tennis as much as Chicago weather allows.
Eli stumbled upon user-centered design while creating interactive science demonstrations as a lab instructor in the MIT physics department. Fascinated by intentionally designing learning objects and experiences, he pursued his interest at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) where he received a masters in Designed Objects. After working in education spaces on user research and physical learning kits, he found that much of the most exciting work was in the digital space. He joined Tandem to do digital design and to work alongside developers.

Skilled in user research, Eli was able to quickly dive into defining and building a prototype for Tollos - a hospital lift company looking to create WIFI-enabled lifts and monitoring software. He and the Tandem team interviewed and observed end users as well as the company’s manufacturing process to research, synthesize, and prioritize a product roadmap. He and the team then created and tested prototypes with users all over the country.

Eli also excelled as lead designer with Epiq, another client of Tandem’s. Epiq hoped to take their existing product to the next level, and Eli demonstrated how user research, accessibility, and visual design choices like color and typography would help them guide their users.

Outside of work, Eli experiments with photography and printmaking, often turning his camera to the sky to take stunning astronomical photographs. He also gets outside to play tennis as much as Chicago weather allows.