Skip Walter, Instructor

Skip has over 40 years of experience in executive management, executive consulting, software engineering, product development, high technology mergers and acquisitions, organizational development, joint venture development, designing, architecting, producing, and delivering software solutions for the legal industry, publishing industry, health care industry, multi-national Fortune 500 companies, high technology startups and wineries. He was the Vice President of Engineering for Aldus (now Adobe) Corporation known for PageMaker software.  He was the Father of ALL-IN-1, Digital Equipment Corporation’s $1 billion per year integrated enterprise office automation system. Skip was the founding CEO for Attenex achieving a cash flow positive state within three years. Attenex was sold to FTI Consulting in 2008 for $91M. Skip has raised more than $25 M in new venture funding for software companies in the office automation, medical, and legal industries. The products that Skip designed, created, and developed are used by over five million customers. 

Skip is a sought after speaker and panelist in the legal technology industry and angel investment community.  Skip taught strategic design and product design planning at the Institute of Design (ID) of the Illinois Institute of technology for ten years and was a member of the ID Board of Overseers for two years. Skip was selected for the Dean’s Advisory Council for the School of Informatics at Indiana University in 2005 serving for two years.  Skip serves as the Chairperson for the External Advisory Board for the Human Centered Design and Engineering Department at the University of Washington. Today, Skip is actively involved with Angel Investing for new business startups through the Alliance of Angels and ZINO Society and mentors early stage startup CEOs and executive teams. Skip consults with medium sized wineries on direct to consumer and direct to trade marketing (including social media and social commerce).

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 Patents Granted:

  • “System and Method for providing a Dynamic User Interface for a Dense Three-Dimensional Scene,” Patent Number US 7,356,777.
  • “Apparatus and Method for Message-Centric Analysis and Multi-Aspect Viewing Using Social Networks,” Patent Number US 7,606,168.


Keynote Speeches:

  • “Warp Speed Electronic Discovery,” LegalTech New York, 2003.
  • “Creating an Effective Digital Discovery Strategy,” LegalTech, New York, 2004.
  • “Creating an Effective Digital Discovery Strategy,” LegalTech, Los Angeles, 2004.
  • “How to Succeed in a Startup in Spite of Seven Lawyers on Your Board,” Three Rivers Entrepreneur Network, December 2008.


Graduate School Lectures and Courses Taught:

  • Richard Latham Fellow and Visiting Instructor at the Institute of Design of the Illinois Institute of Technology, 1994 – 2002.
  • Courses Taught to Masters and PhD Graduate Students at the Institute of Design between 1994 and 2002:
    • ID 521 Product Planning – Creating Products Interactively
    • ID 528 Advanced Design Planning
    • ID 580 Planning Workshop
    • ID 584 Design Planning Workshop – Knowledge Design
    • ID 591 Research and Thesis
    • ID 592 Research and Demonstration Project for Masters of Design Degree
  • “The Innovative Power of Participatory Research,” HCDE 521 Winter Quarter 2009 Guest Lecture
  • “Seeing What Matters,” UW HCDE 521 Fall Quarter 2009 Guest Lecture
  • UW HCDE 518 (User Centered Design) Winter Quarter 2010 Course Instructor



  • “GEMISCH - A Minicomputer Information Support System,” W.E. Hammond, Skip Walter, Proceedings of IEEE, Vol. 61, No. 11, November 1973, pp. 1575 - 1583.
  • Medical PreSales Handbook, Skip Walter, DEC, 1977.
  • ALL-IN-1 Architecture Manual, Skip Walter, DEC, 1982.
  • METAFRAME:  A Process for Joint Ventures, Skip Walter, DEC, 1989.
  • “Plaintiffs’ Law Firms No Longer as Disadvantaged,” The National Law Journal, July 2004.
  • “Seeing is Believing,” Law Technology News, August 2003.
  • “A Framework for Right-Sizing the E-Discovery Effort,” Attenex White Paper, 2004.
  • “Is Designing Software Different From Designing Other Things?” David Socha and Skip Walter, International Journal of Engineering Education, Vol. 22, No. 3, pages 540-550, 2006.
  • “eDiscovery and Technology,” Chapter 16 in eDiscovery in International Arbitration, October 2008.
  • “Afterword,” in Agency Mania by Bruno Gralpois published by SelectBooks in October 2010.  The author is the manager of Microsoft’s multi-billion dollar advertising budget.  He wrote the book to “harness the madness of client/agency relationships for high impact results.”

Taylor Scott, Teaching Assistant

Minds, machines, and media have always fascinated Taylor, and the areas where these domains intersect consistently present him with his most challenging and rewarding opportunities for exploration, creation, and education. Taylor is adamant about making significant contributions to the advancement of technologies that will redefine the way that humans interact with our world, and each other, in the decades ahead.

Taylor received his B.S. in Cognitive Science/HCI from the University of California, San Diego and he is currently pursuing his PhD in Human Centered Design and Engineering (HCDE) at the University of Washington in Seattle. Taylor works closely with Dr. Cecilia Aragon in the Scientific Collaboration and Creativity Lab (SCCL) developing a theory of distributed affect as well as tools and methods to visualize and analyze large data sets. He is also interested in Distributed Cognition, Cognitive Ethnography, HCI, Information Visualization, Scientific Collaboration, Computer-Mediated Communication, and Pervasive Computing.