UXPA International Welcomes Our New Middle East/North Africa (MENA) Regional Director to the Board!

By: Sara Mastro and Jana Pantoja Happy New Year to all of our fellow UXers, friends and family! We are proud to announce that Ahmad Alhuwwari is joining our UXPA International Board as our MENA Regional Director. We are very excited to have him on the team and look forward to a very productive year. Our Director of Chapters, Jana Pantoja, sat down (virtually!) with our top 5 questions: 1) How did you get started in UX? I learned about UX design professionally while studying for my Masters of Multimedia in Australia in 2006. Since then, I have become passionate about it and found the career of my life. 2) What is most rewarding about working in UX? We are helping …

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Let’s Celebrate World Usability Day 2022!

By, Andrew Schall, Director of Publications, UXPA International Did you know that November 10th is World Usability Day (WUD)? Established in 2005 by the User Experience Professionals Association (formerly the Usability Professionals Association, UPA), World Usability Day (WUD) occurs annually to promote the values of usability, usability engineering, user-centered design, universal usability, and every user’s responsibility to ask for things that work better. The goal of the World Usability Initiative (WUI) is to connect the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and the User Experience (UX) communities and everyone who believes that great design is inclusive and usable by all, to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals by establishing World Usability Day as an internationally observed day, listed on the United Nations calendar. …

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K12 Education Initiative

By: Josephine Giaimo Hello, fellow UXPA members and members of the UX community! The New Jersey chapter of UXPA, in conjunction with UXPA International, is leading an effort to create a dozen ready-to-use lesson plans for middle school and high school teachers in the coming months. Here in NJ, computer science is required to be taught in grades K through 12, but our curriculum standards say almost nothing about UX. As a result, the few teachers who are teaching UX topics don’t have the proper resources to do it well and easily. We aim to change that narrative. UX is a career path that many don’t find out about until college or later, so this opportunity is to educate teachers …

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Call for Mentors and Mentees for the UXPA Austin Mentorship Program

By: UXPA Austin The UXPA Austin Chapter is launching their Fall ’22 UXPA Austin Mentorship Program and are accepting applications for mentors and mentees! This is a 12-week mentorship program beginning Monday, September 12th (09/12) through Thursday, December 8th (12/08), and this timeframe takes into account the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The mentorship program has many benefits for building your UX practice and expanding your professional network. The deadline to apply is Monday, August 22nd (08/22). Sign up for the Fall ’22 Mentorship Program: https://forms.gle/nw9XLPjT8qiY1E1h9 Learn more about the program: https://sites.google.com/view/austin-uxpa-mentorship/mentors Follow UXPA Austin on: Twitter – @AustinUxpa Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/AustinUXPA/

The Next Chapter is Here for UXPA’s Journal!

By: Andrew Schall The Journal of Usability Studies (https://uxpajournal.org/) has a long history (our first issue was in the fall of 2005) of publishing high quality articles focused on research-based usability best practices. The time has (finally) come for the journal to join UXPA in reflecting the broader focus for the publication. Going forward, the publication will be renamed the Journal of User Experience (JUX).  We will continue to publish usability-focused research articles with a continued expansion into the diverse topics associated with user experience. Are you looking to publish research that you think would fit the broader scope of user experience? Consider publishing your article with JUX (https://uxpajournal.org/call-for-papers/). JUX is a peer-reviewed, international, online publication dedicated to promoting and enhancing …

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2022 UX Salary Survey

UXPA International in partnership with MeasuringU are excited to share the 2022 UX Salary Survey Results. Data collected from July, 2021 through March, 2022. 625 responses from 31 countries, with 72% of the responses coming from the US and 9% UK. The median salary across all jobs is $109K, 15% higher than the 2018 UXPA report ($95K). But factoring inflation using constant 2021 dollars the median salary is about the same as it was in 2011. The biggest factors that impact salaries are: Where you live, US Northern California has the highest median ($179k) versus $95k in the US Mountain Region. Job Level: Senior-level supervisors make almost 2x entry-level employees ($140K vs. $75K). UX Managers make on average $150k, User …

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