Putting the experience in
User Experience



Cognigentsia is a consulting firm started by Ryan Hanau, a UX veteran with over 20 years of experience. Working internationally across the US, Europe and Asia on a variety of projects from large global brands to smaller, agile start-ups, we provide senior subject matter expertise across the User Experience discipline.




Our team of experienced consultants shape product direction strategically as well as refine existing designs utilizing a variety of research and design techniques. We work across methodologies and technologies focusing on finding highly innovative and compelling user experiences.



Selected Clients


Client Reviews

It’s rare that you come across standout talent like the team at Cognigentsia. I have the pleasure of often collaborating with them on many interesting Customer Experience topics and I am constantly impressed by their extensive experience in designing and assessing digital experiences across different industries.
— Davide Di Labio — Manager, presso BearingPoint
Ryan took our un-styled v2 product and in just a few days he developed a beautiful new design for it. Over the course of 8 weeks we went back and forth iterating on the design until all stakeholders were satisfied. The product of his work reflects his expert domain knowledge, eye for detail, and mastery of UX design.

It was always a pleasure working with him and I hope to have the opportunity again!
— Jay Taylor — Senior Director of Engineering, ThreatStream Inc.
I was heartily welcome by Ryan as his partner for a heavily detailed project to find out user needs of a software. His experiences and knowledge about user experience research and design helped a lot to build a confident team in a short period of time, to conduct some outrageous interview sessions, and to propose some fascinating ideas for the future software development.
— Naoko Okuizumi — Freelance Usability and User Experience Research Specialist
Ryan brought a depth of User Experience knowledge to his consulting work on Ryan was also able to dig deep into mastering the intricacies of some fairly complex vendor data integrations, which helped inform his excellent interface recommendations. He was also always extremely professional, organized and prepared. I enjoyed working with Ryan, and welcome the opportunity to work with him again on future projects.
— Beverly May — Director, Product Development and Consumer Experience Company, Rodale
Ryan is excellent to work with, thorough and detail-oriented. He adapts perfectly to any working environment and is particularly adept at simplifying the complex. We have worked together on numerous projects and it’s always a great experience.
— Gweneth Campbell — President & Owner, Unger Campbell