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!




Register Now for World Usability Day 2017

Join Michigan UXPA as we participate in World Usability Day and celebrate its 2017 theme of “Inclusion through User Experience” on Thursday, November 9!  

We will be partnering with Michigan State University (MSU) Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting (UARC) in East Lansing during the day and with Refresh Detroit in downtown Detroit at Grand Circus during the evening.   


  • Date/Time: Thursday, November 9, 2017 from 8:30am – 3:00pm
  • Location: Michigan State University Union Ballroom (49 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824) and Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center (219 S. Harrison Road, East Lansing, Michigan 48824)

Learn More & Registration: $25 at UARC’s World Usability Day Registration Page

Refresh Detroit

  • Date/Time: Thursday, November 9, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
  • Location: Grand Circus (1570 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226)

Learn More & Registration:  $5 at Refresh Detroit’s Registration Page

Register Now for WardsAuto UX Conference

Logo for WardsAuto User Experience Conference 2017

Michigan UXPA is partnering with WardsAuto to present its 2017 User Experience Conference in Novi, MI, on Thursday, October 5. The conference showcases discussions on human-machine-interface topics and connects UX research and design professionals to new technologies for mobility experiences.


  • Workshop on UX methodology from Pillar Technology, “Hands-On Design Thinking for Automotive Innovation” – as seating is limited, register for the 11:00 AM session when you first register for the conference.
  • Center Stage Discussion compares and contrasts philosophies and designs based on the most-recent J.D. Power research and explores new paths for UX designers and safety engineers to follow in the future.
  • Networking with hundreds of automotive professionals involved in UX
  • Many other panel discussions covering topics such as The New HMI, Turbocharging Connectivity, Machine Intelligence and Deep Learning, and the Newest Concepts and Tech for Enhancing UX.
  • See the full conference agenda.


Hope to see you there on October 5!

If you cannot be there, follow @MichiganUXPA on Twitter for live updates from the conference.

MiUXPA Kickoff with Pamela Pavliscak Recap

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 is joining us in Ann Arbor on July 10th to help kick off our renewed Michigan chapter of UXPA.

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

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