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.

Walk & Tour Recap

We had a great Detroit Month of Design event on September 6th: our sold-out Architecture Walk & Experience Design Tour!

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Introductions in the cafe. Photo by Olga Stella, Design Core Detroit.

Fifty people started out meeting each other and having a great lunch at the Detroit Opera House’s Cadillac Cafe.

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Discussion on stage about how production design and performance affect user (audience) experiences.

One group toured the opera house, learning about theater design & architecture, acting, directing, costumes, makeup, and more. A few examples of the topics covered:

  • How a theater building itself contributes to the user experience of a show
  • How the type of stage affects set design, directing, and acting
  • How a director anticipates and solves problems on behalf of the audience
  • Accessibility issues related to lighting and sound
  • The “best seat in the house”: it depends
  • How the rehearsal process parallels the UX development process

Dan Brinker, Technical Director of the DOH, and Larry Rusinsky led the discussion. Larry posted pictures and comments on Facebook.

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Dan Klyn starts the architecture walk outside the Opera House.

Dan Klyn led the architecture walk around parts of downtown Detroit. Discussion examples:

  • Boundaries, contributing to certainty or ambiguity
  • Pace layers, the uneven application of governance
  • Spatial primitives, geometric shapes and light
  • Good fit, emerging form in response to new forces
  • Channels, connectivity between touchpoints

Dan has shared pictures of the key stops on the walk and his discussion guides.

Thanks to many individuals and organizations who helped make this happen! Dan Klyn & Larry Rusinsky, Michigan Opera Theater, Dexterity UX & The Understanding Group, and Design Core Detroit.

 

Register for July 9 event

Enjoy an evening of industry case studies about innovation using human-centered design! The program will feature 3 case studies about local applications in healthcare, military, and automotive.

  1. Augmented Reality Design in Healthcare by Christina York, CEO and Founder, SpellBound
  2. Human-Centered Design of Tactical Vehicles by Dave Hullinger, Human Factors Engineer, United States Army Research Laboratory
  3. Data Analytics Design for the Transportation System of Tomorrow by Nisreen Salka, Lead Product Designer, Emerging Analytics, Ford Motor Company
  • WHAT: User Experience Innovation in Healthcare, Military, and Automotive Applications
  • WHEN: July 9, 2018, 6-8pm
  • WHERE: The Velocity Collaboration Center at the Macomb-Oakland University Incubator, 6633 Eighteen Mile Road, Sterling Heights, MI 48314
  • HOW MUCH: $5 to attend. Free for UXPA International members and Oakland University faculty, staff & students.

Register at Eventbrite

Schedule

  • 6:00pm Doors open, check in, socialize, have pizza, salad, and soft drinks provided by our hosts, Mac-OU Inc
  • 6:30pm: Welcoming, introductions, and other announcements
  • 6:45pm: Case study presentations, Q&A
  • 7:45pm: Closing and community announcements
  • 8:00pm: End of event

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Augmented Reality Design in Healthcare

Christina York, CEO and Founder, SpellBound

Christina will share the story of SpellBound, a therapeutic tool that helps children cope and engage with medical treatment using immersive augmented reality technology. She will also share parts of her journey from a UX manager to a (female) CEO of a tech startup.

Christina York is an entrepreneur, experimenter, team builder, and technology visionary. She was the UX Manager at ITHAKA for 10 years before starting SpellBound. She creates magical 3D experiences that are used by child life specialists and therapists to distract, engage, and entertain pediatric patients. She is a Midwest Female Founder for Change.

Register at Eventbrite

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Human-Centered Design of Tactical Vehicles

Dave Hullinger, Human Factors Engineer, United States Army Research Laboratory

We worked with users to evaluate a concept for a new model of tank. We will share some of our challenges that were unique to military applications, but also some that will be familair to UX professionals in other contexts. Examples: following established standards, getting access to end users, and consulting on specifications managed by a vendor.

Dave Hullinger got his start as a mechanical engineer in the automotive industry. He joined the Army Research Laboratory in 2010.

Register at Eventbrite

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Data Analytics Design for the Transportation System of Tomorrow

Nisreen Salka, Lead Product Designer, Emerging Analytics, Ford Motor Company

As autonomous and connected vehicles join the streets, Ford Motor Company leverages the data they generate to help city officials prepare for this new world of transportation. In collaboration with the City of Tomorrow Challenge, we built a product team that paired data scientists and software developers. We reinvented the agile process and revitalized our approach to user experience research and design for our unique context.

Nisreen Salka recently completed her Masters in human-computer interaction from the University of Michigan School of Information. As the lead product designer for the Emerging Analytics department at Ford Motor Company, she collaborates with end users to design applications that leverage mobility data. Earlier this year, she presented at Ann Arbor World Information Architecture Day 2018 on dark patterns.

Register at Eventbrite

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About our hosts, Mac-OU Inc

The Macomb-Oakland University Incubator (Mac-OU Inc) was constructed to support economic development in SE Michigan by accelerating high-tech business, cultivating academic innovation and encouraging R&D in the region. Mac-OU Inc is directly affiliated with and supported by Oakland University, which provides collaborative access to its faculty, students and physical assets to assist entrepreneurs in many facets of their business formation and development. Mac-OU Inc is also a state of Michigan-designated SmartZone, which allows it to leverage a wide range of state resources to further attract, build, fund and deploy new businesses in and around Macomb County.

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