Howard heads up the Experience Strategy & Design practice (EXD) for Sapient Consulting in North America, and serves as a creative director in data visualization and experience strategy in the New York and Washington DC offices.

He has over fifteen years experience in data visualization, user experience strategy and design, with particular focus on complex data visualization across both the financial industry and systems biology.

At Sapient, he has directed projects in experience strategy, Design Thinking, and data visualization for Goldman Sachs, Fannie Mae, Barclays, Macquarie, JPMorgan Chase, Credit Suisse, and many others. 

Before Sapient, he focused on data visualization for genetic research, cancer drug development and bio pathway analysis, heading up visualization projects for Pfizer, Merck, and various biotech startups.

From 2004-2012, Howard was founder and lead designer for his company Tacitus – which employed game technology and 3D modeling to create fully-immersive data visualization software for viewing and interacting with complex genetic data; essentially XBox for scientists. Howard's team included game developers, 3D designers, PhDs in biology, as well as William Audeh, one of Cedars Sinai's lead breast cancer researchers, Rich Bonneau, a Forbes Magazine's "Top 40 Under 40" U.S. scientists, and Rebecca Heinemann, legendary game developer.

As a result of his work, Howard served on two panels for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Washington DC, helping to assess and award grants in data visualization as applied to cancer research.

From 1999-2003, he was a Managing Director of User Experience at Scient, where he oversaw user experience strategy and design, interaction design and information architecture for Web-based applications for DuPont, MetLife, Johnson & Johnson, The Museum of Modern Art, and many others.

His novel, The Ouroboros was praised by Michiko Kakutani in her review in The New York Times, and by Pico Iyer in The Los Angeles Times. His second novel, The Sand Men, is slated for publication in late 2020. His 3rd novel is in process (and may, strangely, come to press before his 2nd).

He has had over a hundred illustrations published in books, magazines and newspapers, including The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Paris Review. 

His non-fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, and The Seneca Review.


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