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

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

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!


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

Contact Us

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


Deadlines for Upcoming UX Conferences

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions for 2019 to present at a conference?

Great!  Now you can cross one thing off your list and concentrate on one of your other resolutions… cutting down to one coffee a day, morning yoga, making chocolate babka – or is that just us?

2019 UXPA Boston User Experience Conference
One-Day Conference
May 10, 2019 – Boston, MA

Deadline for Talk Submissions – Saturday, January 19 Extended! Now January 26, 2019 at 3 AM

World Information Architecture Day (WIAD)
One-Day Conference
February 23, 2019 – 
Ann Arbor, MI 
Deadline for Talk Submissions – Friday, February 1
Theme – Design for Difference

HCI International 2019
Six-Day Conference
July 26-31, 2019 – Orlando, FL
Deadline for Submissions – Friday, February 1

Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC19)
Three-Day Conference
October 2-4, 2019 – Orlando, FL

Deadline for Talk Submissions – Tuesday, March 6

Coming Soon!

On the topic of resolutions, one of MiUXPA’s New Year’s resolutions is to send a monthly newsletter to our community that talks about upcoming events, calls for proposals, and other opportunities in Michigan and beyond.

Keep an eye out for this newsletter!

If you have any feedback or additional information you would like to see included, let us know!

Via Email:
Via Twitter: @MichiganUXPA

World Usability Day 2011: Making Social Media Work For You

We’re glad to announce Michigan State University will hold their seventh World Usability Day event, Making Social Media Work For You, on November 10, 2011 in East Lansing, Michigan. This year’s event focuses on the usability of social media and social networking, and the role they play in website and product development.

Speakers and Topics

  • Return on Investment of Social Media: Marcel Santilli, Social Media and Marketing Strategist, IBM
  • Usability and Social Media Design: Mary Henige, Director of Social Media & Digital Communications, General Motors
  • The Adventures of @DMC_Julian: How a Hospital System Uses Social Media to Reach People: Julian Bond, Social Media/Marketing Manager, Detroit Medical Center
  • Using Social Media in the Research & Development of Products: Betsy Weber, Chief Evangelist, TechSmith
  • Usable Social Media Analytics: Making Sense of Metrics (Workshop): Constantinos Coursaris, Assistant Professor, Michigan State University

World Usability Day

World Usability Day is the largest gathering of industry professionals, world-class academics, government leaders, and students facilitating the progression of usability, user experience, and user-centered design. Last year, 150 events in more than 40 countries celebrated World Usability Day.


  • Date: Thursday, November 10, 2011
  • Time: 8:30am to 3:00pm (speakers, lunch and workshop)
  • Registration: 8:30am
  • Morning program begins: 9:00am
  • Afternoon workshop: 1:30pm to 3:00pm
  • Cost: $30 (includes lunch)
  • Location: Michigan State University Union, East Lansing, Michigan

Register online at the Michigan State University website. (You’ll need to Click “Add to Shopping Cart” and then “Check out.”) Michigan State University employees can login with their MSU ID. Non-MSU employees must click on the “Account Creation” link and follow the instructions to continue.

Questions about the registration process? Contact JoDee Fortino or call at 517-353-8977.

Internet User Experience 2011

Internet User Experience 2011 Conference
October 10-13, 2011
Ann Arbor, MI

The Michigan UPA is proud to co-sponsor the seventh annual Internet User Experience conference. This conference has grown every year and has now captured international attention. Come and participate as world-reknowned speakers and trainers cover aspects of web site design and strategy, including usability, marketing, branding, social media, mobile, and more. Tutorials will be offered on designing the mobile experience, personas, storyboarding, web analytics, and more.

Here are a few highlights:

  • Keynote talks by Susan Weinschenk, Peter Morville, and Dave Mitropoulos-Rundus.
  • Presentations and panel sessions.
  • Optional training tutorials will be offered before the conference.
  • Gala reception Tuesday October 11th at 5:00pm
  • Student poster session.
  • Third annual IUE Pub Crawl on Wednesday evening October 12th.
  • Exhibits and Bookseller.
  • Raffles and giveaways.


Registration for this conference is now open.


If you are interested in marketing your company, organization, or products, recruiting, or simply supporting this conference, review the numerous sponsor, exhibit, and recruiting opportunities available on the web site.

UPA 2011 Conference

UPA 2011, the annual Usability Professionals’ Association conference, was in Atlanta this year. It was well attended and full of excellent presentations and workshops, including a short talk from our current Michigan UPA president, Mike Beasley.

He spoke at one of the three Ignite sessions, which consisted of five-minute talks on a variety of subjects. Mike chose to speak on “What User Experience Professionals Can Learn From Cats.” It was a well-received presentation, although it was unclear whether it was because the advice was sound or because of the cat pictures.