Volunteer Spotlight: Matt Karakilic

Matt KarakilicConference On-Site Volunteer Chair Meet Matt, our wonderful and innovative UXPA International Conference On-Site Volunteer Chair. Matt has helped UXPA create welcoming and enjoyable conference experiences for more than five years. Feel free to say hi and to see him in action at UXPA 2024! 1) How did you get started in UX? When I started my journey to become an engineer, I soon realized I didn’t want to be behind the screen not interacting with people. After countless visits to my engineer advisor, he suggested I check out the new department our university had. Before I knew it, I was enjoying everything Design was bringing to my plate! I took my first internship with SAP in India as …

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Upcoming UXPA Chapter events

UXPA’s Chapters are great ways to connect with UX professionals in your area and around the world. There are a lot of amazing offerings ranging from local and regional UX conferences to virtual-based events such as book clubs, webinars, or inclusive design round tables. As well as Chapter events, UXPA International also have a collection of upcoming webinars for you to enjoy, too! UXPA Boston Conference 2024 (Friday, May 10th) UXPA Boston presents their 22nd User Experience Conference for New England and the Greater Boston area on Friday, May 10th, 2024. View the sessions and schedule, here:https://uxpabostonconference2024.sched.com/ For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the conference website:http://conference.uxpaboston.org/ To learn more about UXPA Boston, please visit their website:https://uxpaboston.org/

Thank You 2023 UXPA Poster Contest Participants!

In 2023, we asked the UXPA International community to help re-envision the “Designing the User Experience” poster that has adorned the walls of UX professionals for over 20 years. Thank you all for your participation and helping to educate the next generation of UX professionals! Original “Designing the User Experience” UPA Poster Participants were encouraged to represent the most current user-centered design process and best practices which included the following: Steps in the UCD process: Represents 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 …

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Volunteer Spotlight: Neloshi Silva

Neloshi SilvaUXPA 2024 Reviews Chair Meet Neloshi, a dedicated UXPA conference volunteer who discovered the organization while working with Sara Mastro. Neloshi continues to help UXPA create great conference experiences! 1) How did you first learn about UXPA International? I learned about UXPA through my work colleagues. I was fortunate to be working with Sara Mastro who was a board member of the UXPA when we first started working together. I remember being very impressed with her work and the organization itself that I asked if there were any opportunities for me to volunteer as well. 2) What are your activities as a UXPA Int’l Volunteer? At first, I have been a reviewer for UXPA conferences for a number of …

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In Memory of Michael Rawlins

Michael Rawlins The entire UX community was shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Michael Rawlins, a devoted husband and father, tireless advocate for the UX field, past UXPA International Board member and one of the founders of the Connecticut chapter of UXPA. We spoke with Eileen Redmond, one of Michael’s good friends, and the current president of UXPA Connecticut, about his impact and legacy. UXPA International:Please introduce yourself and would you tell us how you first met Michael? Eileen Redmond:I first met Michael at Aetna, almost 25 years ago. I was a business analyst at the time. We worked in the same general area, and he sat near the printer. He always had his headphones on, …

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Welcome Joshua Randall as Our New Director of Education

Joshua Randall Director of Education Join us in welcoming UXPA International’s new Director of Education, Joshua Randall! He is a Senior User Experience Designer at The Home Depot and past President of UXPA Cleveland. We asked Joshua a few questions so our members can learn more about our newest Board Member! 1) How did you get started in UX? I began my career in market research, then moved into I.T. business analysis. While a BA, I started asking questions like, ‘Who are we building this for?’ and ‘How well does this meet their needs?’ My eyes were opened when, at a BA association meeting, we had a guest speaker who was a UX designer. She recommended some books to me …

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