December Newsletter

This morning, the December 2020 email newsletter went out.

It features the announcement of the Community Holiday Party, December 17, 6-8pm, on Wonder (a fun, new way to gather online). Free, but registration on Eventbrite is required.

Other events in December are also listed in the newsletter.

Finally, it includes information on how to propose projects for UMSI classes.

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Projects for UMSI UX classes

Every semester, hundreds of University of Michigan students complete industry projects as part of their School of Information course work in usability evaluation, user research, and other subjects.

Your organization (business, non-profit, government agency, etc.) can propose a project for a team of students to work on! Here are some reasons why:

Your organization is just starting to focus on user interface design but does not have the resources to do user research or usability testing.Have a student team tackle one of your most pressing challenges. You will get insights you can apply right away, plus have an example to show the value.
Your UX team is overworked.Pick a project from your list that is lower priority but still important, as a way to extend your team’s output while also helping students learn.
You plan to hire UX practitioners.Propose a project as a way to meet some of the top emerging UX talent in Michigan (and the world).
You are not familiar with the UMSI curriculum.Get a glimpse into what one of the oldest and most innovative UX academic programs is doing. If you like what they are teaching, update some of your methods or send some of your employees off to get a degree.

Example projects

  • A tool that needs an evaluation to ensure it meets the needs of your users.
  • A dynamic website that needs a user experience assessment.
  • An information problem you are trying to solve but are unsure of a potential solution.
  • An idea for a product that would meet the needs of an aging population or people with disabilities that you need help researching and designing.

Courses seeking clients

About the courseClient expectations & receivables
SI 622: Needs Assessment and Usability Evaluation
Masters students work with clients to evaluate how well the user experience of their existing product or service meets the needs of its users. Methods used include: interaction map, user interviews, competitive analysis, survey, heuristic evaluation, user testing. See the FAQ for clients.
Give feedback on and receive deliverables for each of these assignments.

Meet weekly with students, connect students with users for user interviews (5 people), survey (50 people), and user testing (5 people).

Receive a series of reports and analyses, plus a final video presentation.
SI 682: Advanced User Research in the Field
Masters students conduct advanced user research methods for information challenges that are early in the product life cycle.
Meet with students, provide feedback, and must provide access to users.

Receive a polished report or presentation of findings.
SI 699: UX Research and Design Mastery Course
Masters students in their final semester will research and design a tool or product, with a focus on accessibility for disabled, and/or aging populations.
Meet with students, provide feedback, and must provide access to users.

Receive a report of research and design.

To propose a project, complete the form at umsi.info/clientregister or email umsi.client.engagement@umich.edu.

To learn more about client opportunities with the School of Information, visit umsi.info/clientopportunities.

November 2020 News

Another monthly newsletter went out to our mailing list subscribers this morning.

Highlights:

Get the whole story in the November 2020 Michigan UXPA newsletter.

Update (11/5): After the email newsletter came out, we noticed three November webinars by UXPA International. These are free and open to anyone: you do not have to be a UXPA International member to join.

  • November 6. Writing for the Web: The Six Step LUCID Writing Approach that Gets Your Message Across
  • November 11. Managing Researcher Risk, Well-Being, and Emotional Safety in the Field
  • November 13. How Artifacts Afford: The Power and Politics of Everyday Things (UXPA Book Club)

More details on the UXPA International upcoming webinar page, with links to Zoom to register.

We also discovered another Sundberg-Ferar Virtual Design Conversation, November 19, 12-4pm, on furniture, AI & User Experience and life-saving textile innovation. Free, via Zoom.

August 2020 News

A recap of the email newsletter that went out Wednesday 8/12:

See the August newsletter for the whole story.

February 2020 Michigan UXPA Newsletter

While it might be a short month – there’s still a ton of UX activities happening around Michigan!

It’s World Information Architecture Day (WIAD) on February 22nd, so whether you’re joining us in Ann Arbor or somewhere else we hope you’ll spend your day celebrating IA!

Upcoming Deadlines

IA Conference
April 14 – 18 – New Orleans
Poster Deadline: February 16th! Get that discount!

Grace Hopper Celebration
September 29 – October 2 – Orlando, FL
Apply to Speak: March 25


UX Events Around Michigan

Southeast Michigan

Gender & AI – tech[inclusive]
February 11, Ann Arbor

A2 Design Critique 
February 12, Ann Arbor

World IA Day – Ann Arbor
February 22, Ann Arbor

CX of M Unwind Wednesday – East Michigan
February 26, Detroit

Drinks x Design: Design for Business
March 12, Detroit

Ignite UX Michigan
March 24, Ann Arbor

Live in southeast Michigan or northwest Ohio? 
Check out Deborah Edwards-Onoro’s Blog where she posts about UX  and web professional events in the area including for WordPress, accessibility, SEO and more!


West Michigan

CX of M Unwind Wednesday – West Michigan
February 19, Grand Rapids


Northern Michigan

Intro to User Experience Design (tccodes)
March 12, Traverse City


Webinars

TUG Webinar: “Let’s Talk About The Intersection Of IA And Content Strategy!” with Kristina Mausser
March 8


Jobs!!!

Amazon – Detroit

College for Creative Studies – Detroit

Hire Road – Northville

Quicken Loans – Detroit

SkySpecs – Ann Arbor

University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

VMLY&R – Dearborn


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