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

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.


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

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!


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!

Recap on Design via Dialogue & Innovation: Talking with Engineers about Usability

Michigan UXPA was part of a great event on April 18th! We partnered with Ford Labs & Ford IT Design Enablement to discuss rhetorical flexibility and organizational change with folks from Michigan State University.

MSU’s Dawn Opel kicked things off with a talk about how to deal with “Engineers are from Mars, Designers are from Venus” situations. Being able to shift the way you talk about user experience based on different contexts is the key. Understanding why to make those language shifts and being able to recognize when to make them can be difficult, but exercises that span disciplines (such as art and science) are good practice.

Presenter Dawn Opel speaking to the audience

Jeff Grabill described how MSU is using design to reinvent itself as a learning institution. He challenged us all to think about how people experience transitions as a part of the experience design process.

In the panel discussion that followed, Judy Foster from Ford Labs and Fred Estabrook from Pillar Technology added commentary about language gaps, building trust, agile software development, change management best practices, speaking the language of “business”, and more.

Presenter panel with Fred Estabrook speaking

We had about 50 attendees, most of which were Ford employees. The non-Ford attendees were treated to a tour of Ford Labs afterwards.

Thanks to our colleagues at Ford IT Design Enablement for starting the conversation about this event, at Ford Labs for hosting, and at MSU for sparking the discussion!

Michigan UXPA is always looking to parter with other groups to run successful events like this, so if you’re interested please reach out to us at michiganuxpa@gmail.com.

Panel – “Design via Dialogue & Innovation: Talking with Engineers about Usability”

Join Michigan UXPA for “Design via Dialogue & Innovation” a panel and discussion on how to talk to engineers about usability. This event is hosted by Ford IT Design Enablement and Ford Labs and features guest speakers from Michigan State University.

Register for the event at Eventbrite!

Date & Time: April 18, 2019 12:30pm-3pm

Location: Ford Labs – 201 S. Division St. #210, Ann Arbor, MI 48104


  • Dawn Opel, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor of Digital Media and User Experience in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University.
  • Jeff Grabill, Ph.D. – Associate Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Technology and Director of the Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology at Michigan State University (MSU).
  • Judy Foster – Product Designer at FordLabs.
  • Fred Estabrook – Regional Software Artisan at Pillar.

Summary: Designing artifacts for humans inherently means encountering communication challenges. As we play a central role in how technology impacts people’s lives — designers serve on the front lines, frequently finding ourselves in the role of end-user advocate. Dr. Dawn Opel & Dr. Jeff Grabill, from Michigan State University, along with Judy Foster & Fred Estabrook will help us explore ways that designers can talk to engineers about usability & lessons learned in their experience incorporating design into engineering.


  • 12:30pm Doors open
  • 1pm Talks Begin
  • 1:45 Group Q&A

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 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