June Michigan UXPA Newsletter

We hope you’re ready to enjoy our beautiful summer weather and engage in some professional development at the same time!

If you’re in the Ann Arbor area we hope you take advantage of Tech Trek on June 7th where leading technology companies in downtown A2 open their doors to the public and offer tours, door prizes, and more – part of the A2 Tech 360 series.

If you’re in Grand Rapids join TUG co-founder Dan Klyn and attendees from TUG’s July Workshop Series on July 17th for “Pillars Of The Community”, a guided walk through the historic Cherry Hill Historic District of Grand Rapids, Michigan.


Upcoming Registration Deadlines

UXPA International Conference
June 25-27, Scottsdale, AZ
Tickets Close – June 7

International Design Conference
August 21-23 – Chicago, IL
Earlybird Tickets Close- June 17


UX Events Around Michigan

Southeast Michigan

A2 Tech 360
June 1-20 – Ann Arbor

Sustainable Brands
June 3-6 – Detroit

Self.conference
June 7-8 – Detroit

Detroit UX: How UX and Usability Can Impact Your Life
June 12  – Detroit

Drinks x Design: Mobility
June 13 – Detroit

Ladies that UX: June Happy Hour
June 13 – Ann Arbor

Design and Dine: Motion Graphics 101, Animation for Social Media and More!
June 20 – Detroit

Michigan Automotive and Mobility UX: Experiment, Launch, Evaluate, Learn & Improve
June 26 – Novi

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

Mid Michigan

Lansing Experience Design UX Monthly
June 13 – Okemos

Lansing Experience Design UX Monthly
July 11 – Okemos

West Michigan

Mysterious IxDA Grand Rapids Event
Sometime in June – check out the website for updates!

Understanding Information Architecture – Full Day TUG Workshop
July 16 – Grand Rapids

Aligning Stakeholders – Half Day TUG Workshop
July 17 – Grand Rapids

Designing User Research – Half Day TUG Workshop
July 17 – Grand Rapids

Architecture Walk – “Pillars of the Community”
July 17 – Grand Rapids

Modeling For Clarity – Full Day TUG Workshop
July 18 – Grand Rapids


UXPA International Mentorship Program

The next cohort for the UXPA International Mentorship program will start in July!

  • Do you have 5+ years of experience? Are you interested in being a mentor? Shoot an email to mentorship@uxpa.org!
  • Are you interested in having a mentor? Are you a member of UXPA International (or willing to become a member?) Shoot an email to mentorship@uxpa.org.

We’ll also actually send out the formal call when it comes through the UXPA International channels – but in the meantime feel free to reach out to mentorship@uxpa.org.


Jobs!!!

Did you know that UXPA International has a job board?!?!

  • There’s even a Sr UX Researcher position in Kalamazoo if you’re looking for something new…
  • Wanna hang out around Ann Arbor and make a large impact on an old industry? Then Thomson Reuters might be your jam!
    • They’re looking for a UX Designer – for someone starting out in their UX career
    • And not one but two Senior UX designer roles (Sr UX #1Sr UX #2) – we were going to make a Dr. Seuss joke here but restrained ourselves.

May Michigan UXPA Newsletter

Thanks everyone that was able to join us in Ann Arbor for our  “Design via Dialogue & Innovation” panel! We had a great turnout and a great conversation! Read our Design Panel recap!


Upcoming Registration and Speaker Deadlines

AIGA West Michigan Board Member Nomination
Nominations Due – May 12

UXPA International Conference
June 25-27 – Scottsdale, AZ
Registration Closes – May 15


UX Events Around Michigan

Southeast Michigan 

Solving Big Problems: Healthcare and Automotive Challenges of Today and Tomorrow
May 14 – Ann Arbor

Detroit UX Design Thinking & Empathy Workshop
May 15 – Detroit

AIGA Detroit Case Study Stories
May 15 – Ann Arbor

Building a More Inclusive Web – Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2019
May 16 – Toledo, OH

Converge Conference
May 16-17 – Detroit

The UX Effect: Evolving the Auto & Mobility Industries
May 29 – Novi

Agile and Beyond
May 29-31 – Detroit

A2 Tech 360
June 1-20 – Ann Arbor

Sustainable Brands
June 3-6 – Detroit

Self.conference
June 7-8 – Detroit

Experiment, Launch, Evaluate, Learn & Improve
June 26 – Novi

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

Mid-Michigan

Lansing Experience Design UX Monthly
May 9 – Okemos

IT Next: Digital Access & Inclusion Conference
May 16 – East Lansing

Lansing Experience Design UX Monthly
June 13 – Okemos

West Michigan

The Archives Series – Presenting: Color
May 14 – Kalamazoo

Get Your Sh*t Together
Ma 18 – Grand Rapids

GRWebDev Presents Sam Spencer: One Simple Metric to Improve Product Development
May 28 – Grand Rapids


Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Set your calendars for Global Accessibility Awareness Day on May 16th!

If you’re not in Southeast Michigan you can still join in, the Global Accessibility Awareness Day website has a list of both in-person and virtual events you can attend!

March Michigan UXPA Newsletter

It’s a countdown to Spring which means we’ll soon be crawling out from our Netflix/Hulu/YouTube binge and start enjoying the sunshine and networking events that begin when Michigan shakes off her winter shackles.

If you need some motivation to leave the house before then come join us at Ignite UX Michigan (3/19) in Ann Arbor or check out one of your local UX events below!

As always we’d love your feedback on what else you’d like to see in your inbox in the future!

World IA Day – Ann Arbor 2019 Recap

We thoroughly enjoyed the WIAD Ann Arbor event organized by a U-M School of Information student group and held at the downtown branch of the Ann Arbor District Library.

The theme this year was “Design for Difference” and we heard great talks on designing for data transparency, with empathy, for invisible differences, and even a Marie Kondo reference!

If you missed out you can read all about it in our WIAD – Ann Arbor Twitter Moment.

Upcoming Registration & Speaker Deadlines

Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC19)
October 2-4, 2019 – Orlando, FL
Submission Deadline – March 6

Chicago Camps: UX Camp Spring
April 6 2019 – Chicago, IL
Submission Deadline – March 6

UXPA International Conference
June 25-27 – Scottsdale, AZ
Early Bird Price Ends – March 13

Enterprise Experience 2019
June 3-4, 2019 – San Francisco, CA
Early Bird Price Ends – March 15

EPIC2019
November 9-12, 2019 – Providence, RI
Submission Deadline – April 12

Midwest UX 2019
October 10-12, 2019 – Grand Rapids, MI
Early Bird Price Ends – as soon as they sell out!

UX Events around Michigan

Southeast Michigan

Michigan Automotive & Mobility UX Meetup
March 6 – Novi

Design Core Detroit: Drinks x Design
March 14 – Detroit

[AMP]lify: Session 1 – AIGA Detroit
March 14 – Detroit

Mini Hack (Patient Advocacy) A2 Health Hacks 
March 18 – Ann Arbor

Ignite UX Michigan*
March 19 – Ann Arbor 
*Michigan UXPA Partner

Detroit UX Happy Spring! Let’s Prototype (for a Cause)!
March 20 – Detroit

Car HMI USA
April 29-30 – Detroit

Converge Conference
May 16-17 – Detroit

Agile and Beyond 
May 29-31 – Detroit

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

Mid-Michigan

Lansing Experience Design UX Monthly
March 13 – Okemos

Lansing Experience Design UX Monthly
April 10 – Okemos

Lansing Experience Design UX Monthly
May 8 – Okemos

West Michigan

The Night Shift Kalamazoo: AIGA West Michigan
March 13 – Kalamazoo

UX Camp Spring  
April 6 – Chicago (we’re cheating a little here with location!)

West Michigan Design Week
April 6-13 – More details coming soon!

Read Anything Good Recently?

If the answer is yes, then the UXPA Magazine team is looking for you!

The Magazine Team is looking for book reviewers for their upcoming 2019 issues. If you’d like to share a good UX book you’ve read or reading something new, email Eileen Tong at bookreviews@uxpa.org.

Contact Us

Did we miss something? Is there an amazing event or group that we should include for next month? Let us know!

Email:  michiganuxpa@gmail.com
Twitter@MichiganUXPA

Upcoming Michigan UX Events

One of our goals is to increase awareness within our community of all of the amazing UX and design events and development opportunities in Michigan, and this newsletter is just one way we’d like to do that (aka people share cool activities with us and we want you to also be in the know!).

We’d love your feedback on what else you’d like to see in your inbox in the future!

Upcoming Registration & Speaker Deadlines

Enterprise Experience 2019
June 3-5, 2019 – San Francisco, CA
Submission Deadline – February 10

National Society of Black Engineers
March 27-31, 2019 – Detroit, MI
Deadline for Registration – February 28

EPIC2019
November 9-12, 2019 – Providence, RI
Submission Deadline – April 12

UX Events around Michigan

Southeast Michigan

AIGA Detroit Community Meeting
February 5 – Detroit

Michigan Automotive & Mobility UX Meetup 
February 7 – Novi

Detroit Month of Design Info Session
February 12 – Detroit

Motor City Auto Jam
February 22-24 – Detroit

World Information Architecture Day
February 23 – Ann Arbor

Detroit Month of Design Info Session
February 23 – Detroit

For the Love of UX – Food, Networking and Arcade Games!*
February 27 – Detroit
*Sponsored by Michigan UXPA

Ignite UX Michigan*
March 19 – Ann Arbor
*Michigan UXPA Partner

Detroit UX Happy Spring! Let’s Prototype (for a Cause)!
March 20 – Detroit

Car HMI USA
April 29-30 – Detroit

Mid-Michigan

Lansing Experience Design UX Monthly
February 13 – Okemos

Lansing Experience Design UX Casual 
February 27 – TBD

Lansing Experience Design UX Monthly
March 13 – Okemos

Lansing Experience Design UX Casual
March 24 – TBD

West Michigan

AIGA West Michigan Membership meeting
February 11 – Grand Rapids

Meetaway: UX Designers helping UX Designers
February 12 – Kalamazoo

Contact Us

Did we miss something? Is there an amazing event or group that we should include for next month? Let us know!

Email:  michiganuxpa@gmail.com
Twitter@MichiganUXPA

Register for World Usability Day events on Nov 8th

Join Michigan UXPA, and the rest of the world, on Thursday, November 8, for World Usability Day. This year’s global theme is “Design for Good or Evil.”

We have partnered with Michigan State University (MSU) Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting (UARC) and AIGA Detroit for two special World Usability Day events in service of our Michigan community.

Morning: Michigan State University, East Lansing

IMG_5373MSU UARC has hosted a conference all 14 years of World Usability Day’s existence! They have another fantastic line up of presentations:

  • Planning for Usability, Peter Morville, Semantic Studios
  • Designing our Future(s), Erik Dahl, Erik Dahl Design Company
  • Understanding the User Experience Behind the New WCAG 2.1 Requirements, Shawn Henry, World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative
  • Designing an Accessible Personal Health Record, Jason Withrow, Washtenaw Community College
  • How to Talk to Engineers about Usability, Dawn Opel, Michigan State University

The conference runs from 8:30am to Noon in the MSU Union, with an optional tour of MSU UARC from 1:15-3pm in the Kellogg Center.

Check out the MSU event web page as additional information becomes available.

Registration is now open. Cost is $25: a bargain for a conference that has become a pillar of our community.

Evening: College for Creative Studies, Detroit

aigadetroit-wud-bannerAIGA Detroit is hosting its first World Usability Day event in the evening, at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. Doors open at 6:30pm.

At “Ethics of UX Design”, you will learn ethical principles that apply to user experience design, hear examples from everyday practice, and get some practical tips on how to design user interfaces that follow ethical principles. The speakers will be:

  • Michael Beasley, UX Designer, Amazon
  • Jack Nank, Digital Producer, Threespot
  • Amy Michelle DeBaets, PhD, Assistant Professor, OUWB School of Medicine (Oakland University)

Learn more at AIGA Detroit’s event page.

Registration at Eventbrite is available. Tickets are $10 plus a service fee. Also a great deal for an evening of discussion about such an important topic.

We hope to see you in East Lansing or Detroit (or both) on November 8th to celebrate World Usability Day with Michigan UXPA.