Shiz earned his B.S. Industrial Design degree from San Jose State University in 1981 and went to work for Hewlett Packard for 26 years as an industrial designer and later as a user experience designer. He designed the first commercially viable visually 3-D user interface adopted by the Open Software Foundation in 1988 called OSF Motif user interface. Shiz then wrote a book on the principles of visual design in 1990 called Visual Design with OSF Motif. Shiz rose to the position of HP Corporate Global Industrial Design manager in 2000 managing the corporate industrial design team and implemented a new industrial design language internally called “Design for Brand” for all HP products worldwide.
Shiz retired from HP in 2007 and served briefly as senior user experience design manager for Intuit before founding his own strategic design firm Kobara Design, LLC in 2008.