MiUPA Events

Holiday Mixer

Michigan CHI, Southeastern Michigan STC, and Michigan UPA invite you a casual Holiday Mixer.

When: Tuesday, December 2, anytime between 5–8pm

Where: Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub
318 South Main St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

To make this fun and interesting, consider:

  • Wearing a UX or Tec-Doc or conference shirt
  • Bringing a Great Success and a Horrible Failure story that happened to you this year…relevant to your profession

We will not have a reserved room or purchased food.
We will just meet in the bar, take over tables as needed, and buy our own (and if you like) each other’s food and drink.

Spread the word, bring your colleagues, and let’s fill this joint!

World Usability Day 2014 Events in Southern Michigan

All events are November 13, 2014

Michigan World Usability Day Conference

Michigan State University Union Building
49 Abbott Road
Ballroom (Second Floor)
East Lansing, MI 48824

  • Designing and Building the User Experience, Scott Wilthew, Jackson National Life
  • Mobile Accessibility, Gian Wild, AccessibilityOz (Australia)
  • Mobile First Government, Jim Taylor, CTO, Oakland County, and Kurt Opel and Matt Dempsey, eGovernment Consultants at Oakland County
  • Engaging Mobile Automotive Shoppers, Jodi Bollaert, MRM/McCann
  • Levering Human Behavior to Drive Engagement, Erik Wesslen, TechSmith

Michigan World Usability Day in Detroit

AIREA Studio
Compuware Building
1048 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226


  • User Experience (UX) Across Industries
  • UX Beyond the Lab
  • UX and the Auto Industry
  • The Demand for Simplicity in Design
  • The Future of UX: A Common Language Across Brand and Products


  • Gino Fiore, Co-Founder, UX Strategy, Traceable Change, Inc.
  • Martin Ho, Co-Founder, UX Strategy, Traceable Change, Inc.
  • Whitney McKedy, Co-Founder, UX Strategy, Traceable Change, Inc.
  • Dave Mitropoulos-Rundus, Senior Human Factors Engineer, Multimedia Systems, Hyundai American Technical Center; Principal, Clear Usability, LLC; Officer, Michigan CHI

Michigan World Usability Day in Grand Rapids

Mutually Human
401 Hall St. SW
Suite 430
Grand Rapids, MI 49503


  • User Experience (UX) Across Industries
  • UX Beyond the Lab
  • The Demand for Simplicity in Design
  • The Future of UX: A Common Language Across Brand and Products


  • Gino Fiore, Co-Founder, UX Strategy, Traceable Change, Inc.
  • Martin Ho, Co-Founder, UX Strategy, Traceable Change, Inc.
  • Whitney McKedy, Co-Founder, UX Strategy, Traceable Change, Inc.
  • Dave Mitropoulos-Rundus, Senior Human Factors Engineer, Multimedia Systems, Hyundai American Technical Center; Principal, Clear Usability, LLC; Officer, Michigan CHI

World Usability Day—Detroit

Grand Circus
1570 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226

  • Engaging Children—Getting Them Excited About Potty Training, Cora Cowles, Senior Experience Architect, Organic
  • Stop Broadcasting! What Detroit is Doing to Pay Attention Online, Dave Lingholm, Director of Digital Media and Community Engagement, City of Detroit

UX Thursday Detroit 2014

Thursday, June 26, 9:00am–4:15pm

The Gem Theater, 333 Madison Avenue, Detroit, MI

Jared Spool will kick off the day discussing the Kano Model, which helps you gauge your users’ expectations, followed by six compelling case studies from real UXers from around the Detroit area. We’ll wrap up the day with a special keynote presentation. You don’t want to miss this local show focused entirely on user experience!


  • Jared Spool, CEO & Founding Principal, User Interface Engineering
  • Stephanie Rosenbaum, CEO, TecEd
  • Ivo Gasparotto, Designer and UX Lead, GE Capital
  • Amy Montgomery, UX/QA Shared Services Team, Department of Technology, Management and Budget agency
  • Dan Klyn, Co-founder, The Understanding Group
  • Lauren Colton, Information Architect & Business Development Strategist, Gravity Works Design & Development
  • Keith Instone, Strategic User Experience Consultant
  • Dana Chisnell, Principal Researcher, UsabilityWorks

Cost is $129. Register and get more informantion.

Detroit’s Global Accessibility Awareness Day Event

Thursday, May 15, 6:00pm

Team Detroit, 550 Town Center Dr., Dearborn, MI

Detroit User Experience is proud to host the first Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Detroit at Team Detroit. We’re thrilled to have three speakers for the event including:

  • Mike Elledge from Ford Motor Company, talking about the needs and benefits of accessible web design
  • Josie Scott from GE Capital, talking on plain language
  • Dylan Barrell from Deque, speaking on importance of accessibility thinking early in the development process for websites, applications, and services

Cost is $5, and preregistration is required. More information about the event is available on the Detroit User Experience Meetup site.

Beyond the Heat-map: The Future of Eye Tracking

Jon West, Director of Marketing and Opportunities for LC Technologies, Fairfax, Virginia

Tuesday, January 14, 6:00pm
Cengage Learning
27500 Drake Road
Farmington Hills, MI, 48331


Come to see, touch, and learn about/or get updated on eye tracking. The speaker will cover the evolution and current state of eye-tracking technology; its broad uses, which include medical, usability, and market research; and predictions for the future with robots, cell phones, and other devices.

Perhaps the most important reason eye tracking will play an ever more crucial role in human computer interactions is that our eye activity is driven by subconscious processes in our brain. By providing insights into cognitive brain activity, monitoring eye movements has significant potential to help programs interact with people in a more natural way.

About the Speaker

Jon West is the Director of Marketing and Opportunities for LC Technologies located in Fairfax, Virginia. Over the last decade, Jon has directed company development efforts for several companies in the Washington, DC, area, ranging from financial investment firms to high-tech engineering companies.

LC Technologies is passionate about building the world’s best eye-tracking hardware and software solutions. Founded in 1986 with the goal of creating an unobtrusive human-computer interface that will revolutionize the way humans interact with computers and devices, LC now operates in 40 countries. Their eye-tracking systems are hands-off, unobtrusive, remote human-computer interfaces that provide highly accurate gazepoint prediction.


6:00pm Food, networking, and eye-tracker demo/hands-on
6:50pm Opening remarks and announcements
7:00pm Presentation
7:50pm Q&A and more demos


UxPA, CHI, and STC members $10.00
Full-time nonworking students $5.00
All Others $15.00


This event is brought to you by:
The Michigan Chapter of UxPA
The Michigan Chapter of ACM SIGCHI
The Southeastern Michigan Chapter of STC

Michigan CHI, UxPA, and STC Holiday Mixer

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(Eat, drink, network, mingle, and learn how to make better Wireframes)

When: Tuesday December 10, 6:00 –9:00 PM

Where: Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub and Restaurant
318 South Main St., Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104



6:00 – Check in / Eat, Drink, Network and Mingle  (Light hors d’oeuvres will be served)
7:00 – Presentation
8:00 – Eat, Drink, Network and Mingle (yes…more!)
9:00 – Supposed to be done (but you may stay much longer if you like)


3 Ridiculously Simple Weird Old Tricks for Making Better Wireframes
In this short talk, a veteran shares his tips on how to make good wireframes with techniques that transcend the tools. Regardless of whether you are using Axure or a whiteboard, there are important best practices to follow when it comes to the process of communicating your design ideas as a wireframe. Along the way he’ll also talk about why he votes “no” on the question of “are wireframes dead?” which has been posed in many articles and conferences over the years.

About the Speaker

Chris Farnum has been doing IA and UX design for 15+ years. In 2009, he (re)joined the UX team at ProQuest, where he is part of an Agile user experience team designing the ProQuest search interface. Formerly, Chris was a Senior Information Architect at Enlighten, where he collaborated with multidisciplinary teams to create meaningful user experiences for brand sites such as TCS and Pittsburgh Paints. Chris got his start as an IA at Argus Associates after working as a reference librarian in a public library.

Brought to you by

The Michigan Chapters of ACM SIGCHI and UxPA, and the Southeastern Michigan Chapter of STC


We encourage you to preregister for this event to ensure smooth check-in and quick access to all of the festivities of the evening.

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World Usability Day 2013: 3 Events in Michigan!

World Usability Day is the largest gathering of industry professionals,world-class academics, government leaders, and students facilitating the progression of usability, user experience, and user-centered design. In 2012, the World Usability Day community held over 150 events in more than 40 countries. During the last five years, over 1,500 conference participants from all parts of North America representing industry, government, and academia have attended the annual event at Michigan State University.

This year’s theme is healthcare: collaborating for better systems. The importance of user-centered design in healthcare is truly life or death. Whether it’s new medical devices or technologies; drug research, patient forms or medical record sharing; emergency disaster planning or increasing the functionality of hospitals and everyday healthcare delivery, everyone is affected in some way by the intersection of usability in healthcare.

We are happy to promote 3 amazing events to celebrate World Usability Day 2013, right here in Michigan.

“World Usability Day 2013″

Hosted by Michigan State University Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting.

Michigan State University’s World Usability Day event will cover usability and accessibility topics relevant for IT and UX professionals. There will be a range of great speakers presenting on a number of topics:

Top 10 Healthcare Usability Myths Debunked!
Lorraine Chapman, Director, Health UX, Macadamian

Behind the Curtain: Content and Design Issues in the Online Privacy Policies of Internet-Focused Organizations
Anna Langhorne, Assistant Professor, University of Dayton

A Web for Everyone: Accessibility as a Design Challenge
Whitney Quesenbery, Co-Director, Center for Civic Design; Independent Researcher, WQusability

Bill Hart-Davidson, Associate Professor, Michigan State University

Registration details

Date:       Thursday, November 14, 2013
Time:       8:30 AM to 12:00 PM   (1:00-3:00PM — Tours of the UARC (Kellogg Center))
Cost:       $20
Location:   Michigan State University Union, Ballroom, East Lansing, Michigan
Register at: http://events.outreach.msu.edu/wud2013.


“World Usability Day in the ‘D’ (Detroit)”

Brought to you by The Michigan Chapter of ACM SIGCHI, The Southeastern Michigan Chapter of STC, and The Michigan UxPA

Crescendo-ing…er …“Crash-scendo-ing”…in early October.
Dave Mitropoulos-Rundus, User Experience Architect at Quicken Loans, Principal of Clear Usability, LLC, and Director of the annual Internet User Experience conference.

This talk will focus on the usability aspects of heathcare.gov. Attendees will walk away with not only a deep understanding of what did and did not work with the site as it rolled out in early October, but with recommendations relevant to anyone who is a stakeholder for a company or organization who needs their website and other customer touch points to be inviting and promote successful use for a very broad range of visitors.

Registration details

Date:       Thursday, November 14, 2013
Time:       9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Cost:       $5, please pre-register online no later than 6:00pm on Tuesday November 12, 2013
Location:   15th Floor Auditorium, Compuware building (1050 Woodward Ave. (or One Campus Martius)Detroit, MI 48226)
Register at: http://guestlistapp.com/events/207210

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“World Usability Day Detroit”

Brought to you by the Detroit User Experience Group

Speakers and Topics:

Connecting the Dots Using Content Strategy: Making Health Insurance Easy
Jeff Greer, Content Strategist at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan

How To Infuse Your Medical User Interface With Pure Sweetness.
Steve Tengler, User Experience Director at Altia, Inc.

Registration details

Date:       Thursday, November 14, 2013
Time:       6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Cost:       $5, pre-registration only
Location:   Grand Circus (1570 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI)
Register at: http://www.meetup.com/Detroit-User-Experience/events/145783222/

Ignite UX Michigan

This event is free and you do not need to register

Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 318 South Main St., Ann Arbor, Michigan
Thursday, October 24, 6pm

Ignite UX Michigan will feature 16 speakers giving short talks on a variety of user experience-themed topics including:
• Usability
• Accessibility
• Information architecture
• Analytics
• Interaction design

Ignite UX Michigan is a great opportunity to gain a breadth of UX knowledge from a wide variety of speakers. For the full lineup of speakers, please visit http://ignite.user-experience.org/speakers/

The event starts at 6:00 PM with an hour of networking and mingling, followed by a block of talks at 7:00 and at 8:00. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served.More information is available at http://ignite.user-experience.org/where-and-when-is-ignite-ux/

This event is organized in partnership with Michigan UPA, Michigan CHI, and UX Toledo Region, and sponsored by:
• Cengage Learning
• ForeSee
• Quicken Loans
• TecEd
• University of Michigan School of Information

Call for Speakers: Ignite UX Michigan

Does the thought of getting up in front of an audience and giving a talk interest you? This is your opportunity! Ignite UX Michigan is looking for speakers.

Ignite UX Michigan is a single evening of 16 talks in the Ignite format: 5 minutes and 20 slides. This format means that the talks will have to be lively and to-the-point—a perfect opportunity to practice your skills if you are new to speaking or to gather your thoughts about a UX-related topic that’s been on your mind. It will be held at Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub & Restaurant in Ann Arbor on October 24, 2013.

Topics can be anything that fit broadly into user experience, including topics related to information architecture, usability, user research, web analytics, UX strategy, and more. Although speakers are encouraged to have fun, talks should have an underlying serious or thought-provoking message.

To submit a talk, please send the following to ignite at user-experience.org:

  • The title of your talk
  • A 140 character description of what your talk is about

The deadline is September 12th. Talks will be selected by a panel of volunteers (and to volunteer, please contact ignite at user-experience.org).

Michigan UPA is proud to be a partner in organizing Ignite UX Michigan.

Facilitating Humans: The Art of Communication

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Caitlin Potts

Midwest Collaborative for Library Services, 1407 Rensen Street, Lansing, MI 48910
Tuesday, June 11, 6pm

Meetings are not a waste of time.

There, I said it.

Okay, but they CAN be, right? Believe me, I’ve been in them, myself. However, in the well-over 1000 hours I’ve spent attending and facilitating meetings, I’ve learned something. Meetings are not a waste of time. Poorly planned meetings with unclear goals and a lack of shared expectations are. So, how do we stop warming chairs in our conference rooms and start having productive meetings and, I dare say, conversations?

In this talk, I’ll share the nuggets of information that I’ve gleaned over the last 3.5 years of meeting facilitation. These nuggets include how to recognize and prepare for various categories of meetings, why Edward Tufte is my facilitation hero, and how information architecture concepts will help you run a better meeting (and have better conversations).

Whether you’re a new usability professional, a jaded meeting attender, or just, well…human, you will be able to take away concepts from this talk that will help you have better conversations, and overall understanding of human communication (which is pretty important for effective meetings).

About Our Speaker

Caitlin Potts
Caitlin Potts is a user experience practitioner (designer and researcher) at Covenant Eyes, Inc., in Owosso. Working as part of an agile team, she spends her time collaborating with product owners, stakeholders, and developers to design web, mobile, and client application interfaces. She offers her services as a sounding board or sympathetic ear, on a daily basis, and is facilitating the creation of business rules for Covenant Eyes.

She is passionate about understanding human behavior and using that knowledge to craft opportunities for effective communication. She also loves ampersands, great coffee, idea sharing, and her Sharpie collection (63 and counting!).


Tuesday, June 11, 6pm
6:00 PM — Networking
6:30 PM — Announcements
6:45 PM — Speaker
8:00 PM — Wrap up and more networking


Midwest Collaborative for Library Services, 1407 Rensen Street, Lansing, MI 48910

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Current students $5
Usability Professionals’ Association members $10
All others $20

Michigan UPA thanks Covenant Eyes for sponsoring refreshments for this event.


Register online at Guestlist so we know who’s coming and how to plan for refreshments. We’ll also take payment (cash or check) at the door. Questions? Email events {at} michiganupa dot org.