About UXPA

Supporting those around the world who advocate for user experience

The User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) supports people who research, design, and evaluate the user experience of products and services.

UXPA is the organization of choice for user experience professionals worldwide. UXPA was established in 1991 as the UPA (Usability Professionals' Association) when Usability was considered to be an umbrella term for what our members do. In 2012 the name was changed to UXPA to reflect the change in members' job titles to User Experience (UX) and to continue to represent their breadth of work.

UXPA holds yearly international conferences, publishes new findings through both the Journal of Usability Studies (JUS) and through User Experience Magazine, and has 50 chapters around the world. In 2004, UXPA established World Usability Day, which in 2011 was celebrated in 44 countries.

UXPA's goals are to:

  • Become the authoritative source on the practice of usability, user-centered design (UCD), and user experience.
  • Facilitate professional development and education within the UX field.
  • Promote the business value of user experience, research, design and evaluation to business and other entities.
  • Foster a community of user experience professionals through knowledge sharing and networking.
  • Provide effective UXPA governance.
  • Enhance and provide the value of UXPA membership

What is a User Experience Professional?

User experience professionals may do a broad range of work from interviews and observations to creating wireframes for a product or service. Some have a design background, and some have a library science degree. Many have attended courses towards certification or hold an advanced degree such as one in Human-Computer Interaction or Information Design.

Other user experience professionals focus on one particular area, doing either research, design or evaluation. Some do a combination of activities, but specialize in a specific industry such as health care or education, or perhaps work only with handheld devices. All of them focus on the user, while taking into account the needs of the business and the constraints they must work in.

Membership in UXPA

UXPA offers membership to anyone who researches, designs and evaluates the user experience.
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Who are UXPA members?

UXPA is a growing international organization with 50 chapters around the world, and members in 60 countries. UXPA members come from many different backgrounds, sharing the common interest of creating products that meet the needs of the people who work or play with them. Some work full-time as user experience professionals. Others incorporate usability into their work as interface/interaction designers, information architects, developers, and many other fields.