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

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

April 29-30 – Detroit


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

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: michiganuxpa@gmail.com
Via 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!

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.

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.

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.


Save the Date & Call for Sponsors: Walk & Tour

Architecture Walk & Experience Design Tour Banner

Save the Date for our Architecture Walk & Experience Design Tour on September 6 in downtown Detroit!

The half-day workshop helps participants learn from more than a century of design inventions (in the form of buildings and urban planning) and event design (such as theatrical performances) in downtown Detroit. 

See our Architecture Walk & Experience Design Tour page for more about the program. Individual tickets go on sale starting on August 1st.

Your organization can get involved by sponsoring!

  • Be our one-and-only “Event sponsor” for the highest level of visibility and support
  • “Lunch sponsors” get to interact with attendees during the beginning of the event
  • Support just the Opera House Experience Design Tour or Architectural Walk, if those are your favorite parts of the program

Select sponsorship packages and pay with a credit card at our Eventbrite page.

Why Sponsor?

We seek out sponsorships with organizations that explore design from a variety of perspectives – whether interaction, experience, event, spacial, or other!  This special event enables your company to directly network and collaborate with professionals from both the user experience and interaction design fields as well as people who design built environments and/or in-person events.  

All sponsorships come with tickets, available before individuals can register. You can provide tickets to your employees, invite clients to join you at the event, or award them publicly to deserving individuals.

Available Sponsorships

Lunch Sponsorship ($500)

  • 2 tickets, for either the opera house tour or architectural walk
  • A table at lunch where attendees can visit you
  • Opportunity to address the group at lunch to tell them about your organization, job openings, services, etc.

Opera Tour Sponsorship ($300)

  • 2 tickets to the tour
  • Recognition during the tour and invited to contribute to the discussion during and after the tour

Architectural Walk Sponsorship ($300)

  • 2 tickets to the walk
  • Recognition during the walk and invited to contribute to the discussion during and after the walk

Event Sponsor ($1000) – only 1 available

  • 5 tickets, either the tour or walk
  • A table at lunch where attendees can visit you
  • Opportunity to address the group at lunch to tell them about your organization, job openings, services, etc.
  • Recognition on the tour and/or walk and invited to contribute to the subsequent discussion

All sponsorship levels include being featured on the event web page, thanked via social media, and logo placement at the event.

You can register as a sponsor at Eventbrite if you want to pay with a credit card.

You can also pay via PayPal or check. Contact us at michiganuxpa@gmail.com for more information.