Welcome 2021!

I know I am stating the obvious when I say “2020 was a pretty stressful year”.   From the perspective of UXPA organizationally, it was also a year where we all had to wear many hats and be super flexible. Postponing our annual in-person conference (set to take place in June 2020) was the first of many hurdles our Board had to work through. We had to come up with a Plan B quickly, and we did. UXPA 2020 At Home, our first online conference event, was a success, thanks to our members, our volunteers, and our dedicated Board of Directors.  We added more webinars and short courses to help everyone stay connected to the world of UX and we moved …

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Remembering Josephine Scott

Josephine Scott

We have sad news to share with our UXPA family. Josephine “Josie” Scott, long-time UXPA member, died of breast cancer on December 25, 2020. Josie was a frequent attendee and presenter at UXPA conferences, as well as being active with the local UX community around Detroit, Michigan. She retired a few years ago and left a lasting legacy of mentorship and friendship in our community. A bio from a few years ago read: “She specializes in user experience research: facilitating customer “ah-hah!” moments and synthesizing their insight into digital solutions. Before her career in user experience, she administered Michigan elections and continues to promote better user experience in voting and civic life. Her master’s degree in Information Management and Communications …

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It’s election time…

Who’s ready for another election? UXPA International is holding an election for the Director of Volunteers Board Member position for the January 2021 – June 2023 term. Board members are volunteers that are responsible for leading the efforts of the organization. The Director of Volunteers is responsible for coordinating all volunteer efforts at UXPA International, both with the annual conference and with regular activities all year long. They will be responsible for assembling and coordinating volunteer teams, liaising with the Board of Directors to articulate and align volunteers efforts across various projects at UXPA. We’re excited to introduce the two candidates running for Director of Volunteers: Alain Robillard-Bastien I have extensive experience working with UXPA and other volunteers-based organization. I …

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Volunteer Spotlight – Joshua Rosenberg

Alain Robillard-Bastien our Director of Volunteers sits down with Joshua Rosenberg to discuss his volunteering with UXPA International. What are your activities as a volunteer at UXPA? Since when? I’ve been the volunteer production manager at the Journal of Usability Studies since 2015. I work with the editorial team to manage uxpajournal.org, and am primarily responsible for making sure every journal issue gets published to the website four times per year. What motivated you to become a volunteer with us initially? I was in graduate school working with Bill Albert who, along with Jim Lewis, is editor-in-chief of the journal. At that time, I was eager to soak up as much information as possible about the field of UX and …

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Join us for World Usability Day

World Usability Day aims to raise standards so that technology works to harness human potential. Every year events happen around the world to bring together different communities and celebrate how we can make our world easy for all. The theme for 2020 is Human-Centered AI. We seek to explore design systems that are both highly automated and allow a great degree of user control and will result in to expand human capabilities 1000-fold. If we can design AI which is “reliable, trusted, and safe” we can dramatically enhance human performance in the coming decade. Over the last two decades computers have advanced human’s abilities to perform our work, ensure our safety, and even lightened our workload. Interest in AI’s capabilities …

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Director of Volunteers Open Position – Join the UXPA International Board of Directors

Board members are volunteers that are responsible for leading the efforts of the organization. Candidates must be an active UXPA International member as of November 20th, 2020, and they must commit to the following: Serve at least 20 hours per month Attend monthly Board meeting calls Attend 3 in-person meetings a year in locations to be determined (one of which will be in conjunction with the annual conference) (Please note, this will be dependent on the situation with COVID-19 and any restrictions based on new requirements. If we can not meet in person, we will continue to meet virtually per our monthly calls) Be available monthly for additional meetings related to the position Send weekly updates on progress and activities …

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