Steve Portigal

Steve Portigal


Steve Portigal is the founder of Portigal Consulting, a bite-sized firm that helps clients to discover and act on new insights about themselves and their customers. Over the course of his career, he has interviewed hundreds of people, including families eating breakfast, hotel maintenance staff, architects, rock musicians, home-automation enthusiasts, credit-default swap traders, and radiologists. His work has informed the development of mobile devices, medical information systems, music gear, wine packaging, financial services, corporate intranets, videoconferencing systems, and iPod accessories.

Steve speaks regularly at corporate events and conferences such as CHI, IxDA, Lift, SXSW, UIE, UPA, UX Australia, UX Hong Kong, UX Lisbon, and WebVisions. His articles about culture, design, innovation, and interviewing users have been published in interactions, Core77, Ambidextrous, and Johnny Holland. He blogs at and tweets at @steveportigal.


Webcast: Interviewing Users: Uncovering Compelling Insights November 21, 2013 This webcast will look at how to frame the research problem so it has the most impact on the team and their design.
Webcast: Interviewing Users: Uncovering Compelling Insights May 15, 2013 Without good interviewing skills, insights may be inaccurate or reveal nothing new, suggesting the wrong design or business responses, or they may miss the crucial nuance that points to innovative breakthrough opportunities.


“You will find Portigal's book a valuable resource as you plan upcoming interviews with your users.”
— Rhonda Lunemann, Technical Communication, Volume 61, Number 3, August 2014