Dr. Tharon W. Howard is author of Design to Thrive: Creating Social Networks and Online Communities That Last, Visual Communication: A Writer’s Guide, and 3 other books. He has articles in journals including the Journal of Usability Studies, Technical Communication, Technical Communication Quarterly, and Computers and Composition. He directs the Clemson Usability Testing Facility where he conducts sponsored research for clients including IBM, NCR Corp., AT&T, Longman Publishing, etc. He is community manager for UTEST, a 24-year-old online community for usability testing professionals, and has been awarded the Usability Professionals Association’s “Extraordinary Service Award” and the STC’s “Usability SIG Achievement Award.” He also directs Clemson’s Multimedia Authoring Teaching and Research Facility where faculty and graduate students design interactive, multimodal productions and experiment with emerging instructional technologies and interface designs. One production he supervised there won the STC’s prestigious Best of Show Award in International Online Communication. Howard teaches in the doctoral and master’s degree programs at Clemson University.