Join Michigan UXPA for our 2018 Kickoff Meeting

What do you want to see from your Michigan User Experience Professional Association chapter in 2018?

Join us for an open meeting at the University of Michigan Dearborn on February 7th to share your ideas for events, programs, and support that our chapter can offer the User Experience (UX) community in 2018.

  • Are you interested in user research, interaction design, information architecture, user interface design, design thinking, or something else?
  • Do you have ideas on speakers, workshops, conferences, or other ways to learn UX?
  • Is your organization interested in sponsoring or partnering with us?

We’ll also explore opportunities for you to get involved, including MiUXPA board member positions that will be open in 2018.

Everyone is welcome to join us for this open kickoff meeting: local chapter members, international UXPA members, and not-yet members who are interested in learning more about user experience. FREE!

The details:

Wed, Feb 7, 2018 at 6:30pm – 8:00pm
U of M Dearborn Mardigian Library in Room 1211
4901 Evergreen Rd, Dearborn, MI 48128

Visitor parking is available for free after 6p in the nearby E4 and E5 lots, or you can park in the visitor spots in the parking garage. See the Library website for additional details about getting to campus.

Please RSVP at Eventbrite so we know how many people to expect and we can stay in touch with you. Can’t wait to see you on February 7th!




MiUXPA Kickoff with Pamela Pavliscak Recap

Attendees answer the question, what do you want to see from MiUXPA?

Many thanks to Pamela Pavliscak and everyone who joined us for our Michigan UXPA chapter kickoff! If you couldn’t join us, here’s a quick peek at what you missed. Check out board member Mike Wojan’s great photos of the event, and read on for a recap from Pamela’s talk.

To accompany the slides, board member Stephanie Haley shares some notable points from Pamela’s talk: Continue reading “MiUXPA Kickoff with Pamela Pavliscak Recap”

Register Now for the Michigan UXPA Kickoff, Featuring Pamela Pavliscak

Pamela Pavliscak

With the generous support of our sponsors Vitamin T and TecEd, Pamela Pavliscak will be joining us in Ann Arbor on July 10th to help kick off our renewed Michigan chapter of UXPA. You won’t want to miss her talk on “The Emotional Life of Internet Things.” Pam asks, “what will it be like when our internet things know how we feel? Let’s invent emotional machines for the human future we want.”

Event Details

Purchase your ticket for $10 on our eventbrite page.


Mon, July 10, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT


North Quadrangle Residential and Academic Complex
105 South State Street
Room 2245
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

More on Pamela’s Talk

The convergence of affective technology, machine learning, and ubiquitous computing makes designing for emotion more important than ever. We’ve always had an emotional relationship with our internet things, whether we think of our phone as an extension of our self, a chatbot as a best friend, or a robot as a beloved pet. A decade from now, emotional interactions are likely to become the norm. We may not remember a time when we can’t just frown and our devices know that we’re dismayed.

So, as emotion-sensing technology is moving from an experimental phase to reality, maybe our internet things will start to understand us, picking up on social cues, responding to our moods, and cultivating emotion connection. What does it mean for how we design technology? How do we design AI that has empathy for us? In this session, we will look at where emotional AI is now and a framework for inventing an emotionally intelligent future.

Thanks to our Silver Sponsors

Vitamin T

Vitamin T

After 30 years as an industry leader, Vitamin T (a division of Aquent) does their best work by partnering with leaders, marketing and creative teams and change-makers who see the value in working with top creative talent to enhance the work they do. They provide carefully screened creative, digital and marketing talent on a freelance and contract-to-permanent basis to top companies and agencies right here in Detroit, Michigan and around the globe. Vitamin T goes above and beyond to ensure a perfect match by making human connections with both talent and clients.


TecEd User Experience Research and Design


UX pioneers, TecEd is all about helping you deliver products and digital experiences that work well for your target users – and if your customers are successful, you will be too. Whether it’s competitive benchmarking, user interviews, field research, or usability testing, we’ve got the techniques to help you learn what your customers need and the expertise to connect their needs and your product designs with your business objectives. Tell us your product story, then let us define and conduct the most effective user research to turn it into a best-seller!


Thanks to our In-Kind Sponsors

University of Michigan School of Information

Menlo Innovations

Save the Date for Pamela Pavliscak!

UPDATE: We’ve opened registration for this event. Get your ticket at Eventbrite.

After much ado, the Michigan chapter of the User Experience Professionals Association is BACK! And we’re kicking things off with Pamela Pavliscak on Monday, July 10th in Ann Arbor.

Pamela Pavliscak is founder of Change Sciences, an insights and innovation firm, where she works with organizations ranging from IKEA to TIAA to the USDA to design for wellbeing. She currently serves on a global initiative to develop the IEEE standard for ethics and AI, with a focus on artificial emotional intelligence. Pamela is also faculty at The Pratt Institute where she teaches design research and studies our emotional relationship with technology. Designing for Happiness, her book about how to create a tech future that contributes to our wellbeing, will be published by O’Reilly in fall 2017. She has written for Quartz, Mashable, Smashing, and other design and tech publications. And has spoken at SXSW, TEDx, Web Summit, and other industry conferences.

So mark your calendars for July 10th and stay tuned for additional details about this exciting event… we can’t wait to kick off a renewed chapter of Michigan UXPA with you!