2023 UXPA Poster Contest

UXPA "Designing the User Experience" Poster Contest

The iconic “Designing the User Experience” poster has adorned the walls of UX professionals for over 20 years. UXPA is launching a contest to reimagine this poster to represent the most current user-centered design process and best practices.

We are looking for visionary and talented designers to create a poster that will be widely distributed to the UX community and help to educate the next generation of UX professionals.

All entries should be submitted to this submission form.

UPA Poster

Contest Prizes

  • The 1st place winner will have their poster promoted and professionally printed by UXPA for distribution to UXPA members and the greater UX community. The winner will receive a $500 Amazon gift card, a Global Sustaining UXPA Membership (valued at $139), and a book bundle from Rosenfeld Books (approximately valued at $300). The winner will also receive a complimentary ticket to the 2024 UXPA conference (approximately valued at $1,400).
  • The 2nd and 3rd place winners will have their posters featured on the UXPA.org website and will each receive a complimentary ticket to the 2024 UXPA conference (approximately valued at $1,400).

Poster Content Requirements

Steps in the UCD processRepresents the best practice activities in the user experience research and design lifecycle. Examples include: stakeholder interviews, contextual inquiries, card sorts, prototypes, etc.

Successes: Highlighting the milestones that help a team move forward in the design process toward a successful product launch.

Traps and pitfalls: Addresses things to watch out for and common situations where there can be risks. Examples include: design by committee, insufficient qualitative insights, scope creep, HiPPOs (Highest Paid Person’s Opinion), etc.

Accelerators: Highlight opportunities for the team to take advantage of existing resources or ways of working to reach goals faster. Examples include: utilizing past research insights, conducting design thinking workshops, utilizing design sprints, etc.

Decelerators: Highlight situations when the team should slow down, reevaluate, and in some cases repeat certain steps in the process. Examples include: realigning with stakeholders, addressing issues found during usability testing, creating alternative solutions based on technical constraints, etc.

Poster Themes & Judging Criteria

Universal: The poster should represent the most commonly used and current best-in-class processes for following a user-centered design lifecycle in product design. This is not the place to propose new and theoretical approaches to UX or processes that are niche and exclusive to certain domains.

Approachable and educational: The poster should help those new to user experience understand the user-centered design (UCD) process and concisely explain what methods are involved and why they should be followed.

Action and outcome-oriented: The poster should closely connect the UCD methods with the impact that they here on the product design process.

A balance between ideal processes vs. common realities: UX projects are rarely a “one size fits all” and things don’t always go as planned. The poster should represent a realistic approach for practitioners who may face a variety of projects and situations.

Fun and engaging: The poster design should be creative and encourage people to want to take a closer look and hang it up prominently in their workspace.

Contest Rules

  • The entry period will begin at 12:00 PM (EDT) on June 25, 2023, and will close at 12:00 PM (EDT) on December 1, 2023. Finalists will be selected by a panel of UX experts and the Winners will be selected by the UX community. Winners will be notified by March 1, 2024.
  • The poster must be an image of original artwork created by you and does not violate the privacy rights, publicity rights, copyright, or other intellectual property rights of any person or entity.
  • The poster should be in portrait format and in the size 18″ x 24″.
  • The poster should be submitted in two formats: a .png image file with a resolution of at least 300 dpi and a .eps vector image file. Images should be saved in a CMYK color format.
  • If your poster is selected, UXPA has the right to make modifications to the design and content prior to publication. Every effort will be made to work with the poster creator on any necessary changes.
  • UXPA will retain all rights to the poster and its contents. The poster may not be reproduced without express written permission from UXPA.
  • Questions regarding the contest should be sent to office@uxpa.org.
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