UPA: The Usability Professionals' Association

30 Mar 2010 - 11:43am
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thepofo
2010

Hi,

Does anyone know this site and the quality of their work: http://www.usabilityprofessionals.org/ they charge $100 / year for membership an I wondered if this be a nice addition to the IxDA membership.

Their site doesn't look that userfriendly, but they have a lot of activities and a printed magazine.

Feedback appreciated.

Eric

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30 Mar 2010 - 12:31pm
ray.dahl
2010

I joined but have not had opportunity to participate with any of their activities.  The publications are a great resource.  Despite the dated look of their site I have found the price of membership is worth it.

30 Mar 2010 - 6:00pm
Chauncey Wilson
2007

The Usability Professionals' Association is the premier organization for usability and user experience practitioners.  There is a magazine, many resources, an emerging Body of Knowledge, a refereed journal, local SIGS, and much more.  The focus is more practical than theoretical. 

  For $100, you get a lot from UPA.   Chauncey

On Tue, Mar 30, 2010 at 5:16 PM, thepofo <thepofo@gmail.com> wrote:

Hi,

Does anyone know this site and the quality of their work: http://www.usabilityprofessionals.org/ they charge $100 / year for membership an I wondered if this be a nice addition to the IxDA membership.

Their site doesn't look that userfriendly, but they have a lot of activities and a printed magazine.

Feedback appreciated.

Eric

(((Pl
30 Mar 2010 - 7:30pm
Hilary Bienstock
2009

I am a member of UPA and have been for several years, since I attended their conference in 2007.  I have never found UPA to be that useful to me.  I had hoped that it would be a resource specifically for researchers.  Instead, I found that the conference seemed to be aimed at people looking to get into the field rather than experienced practitioners.  The magazine is nice to receive but is not all that interesting.  I don't know of a mailing list like this one.  We have no local chapter or SIG, so I don't benefit from that.  Your mileage may vary, but I don't find it nearly as useful to me as IxDA.

Hilary
 

Hilary User Experience
                   Hilary Bienstock, Principal

 

hilary@hilaryue.com  :: 310.883.5818  ::  fax 310.829.2839



From: Chauncey Wilson <chauncey.wilson@gmail.com>
To: hilary@hilaryue.com
Sent: Tue, March 30, 2010 4:23:25 PM
Subject: Re: [IxDA] UPA: The Usability Professionals' Association

The Usability Professionals' Association is the premier organization for usability and user experience practitioners.  There is a magazine, many resources, an emerging Body of Knowledge, a refereed journal, local SIGS, and much more.  The focus is more practical than theoretical.    For $100, you get a lot from UPA.   Chauncey On Tue, Mar 30, 2010 at 5:16 PM, thepofo <thepofo@gmail.com [1]> wrote:
> Hi,Does anyone know this site and the quality of their work: http://www.usabilityprofessionals.org/ [2] they charge $100 / year for membership an I wondered if this be a nice addition to the IxDA membership.
> Their site doesn't look that userfriendly, but they have a lot of activities and a printed magazine.Feedback appreciated.Eric
>
> (((Pl

30 Mar 2010 - 11:30pm
Barbara Holmes
2010

I've been a member of UPA for a year. The group has a lot of online communications, magazines, the website of course, resources and the annual conference. From my perspective as an agency gal, the UPA is quite academic and research focused. It is a nice balance to the more frenetic pace of an agency,, and the well-thought articles provide some good context.

31 Mar 2010 - 2:30am
regnard
2006

Hello!

I just recently become a member of the UPA. Like the rest, the articles are very helpful, but I'm still not able to take full advantage of it since there's no local chapter here in the Philippines.



On Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 3:22 PM, Barbara Holmes <design_media@comcast.net> wrote:

I've been a member of UPA for a year. The group has a lot of online communications, magazines, the website of course, resources and the annual conference. From my perspective as an agency gal, the UPA is quite academic and research focused. It is a nice balance to the more frenetic pace of an agency,, and the well-thought articles provide some good context.

31 Mar 2010 - 8:34am
brianh
2010

I agree with Barbara that it's a very academically focused organization. I think it's worth the membership fee as long as you have the time to be a part of two similar organizations. I want to start a local chapter of a UX organization and was deciding between IxDA, UPA, and IAI. I decided on IxDA because there's no annual membership fee, but it was a tough choice. IxDA tends to have too much of an artistic design background for me sometimes, but UPA can be too academics, so in that respect it was a toss up.

31 Mar 2010 - 1:40pm
Charlie Kreitzberg
2008

Unless things have changed a lot, I would not consider UPA t5o be an "academic" organization. It is made up of practitioners.

SIGCHI, on the other hand, has been much more academic in focus. I know that was an issue for them in the past as they wanted to achieve more balance between academics and practice.

There is no question in my mind that the UPA crowd has a somewhat difference world view from the IxDA crowd but IMO that is a strength. I know what you mean about IxDA having a somewhat "artistic" bent and, for me, as a usability-oriented designer, I find it helps me think in broader terms.

I tend to join multiple organizations so I can be exposed to multiple viewpoints but don't put the same level of effort into each.

Best,

Charlie

Charles B. Kreitzberg, Ph.D. CEO, Cognetics Corporation

Voice: 609-799-5005 x235 Fax: 609-799-8555 Mobile: 609-947-0909

www.cognetics.com

-----Original Message----- From: ixdaor@host.ixda.org [mailto:ixdaor@host.ixda.org] On Behalf Of brianh Sent: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 1:04 PM To: charlie@cognetics.com Subject: Re: [IxDA] UPA: The Usability Professionals' Association

I agree with Barbara that it's a very academically focused organization. I
think it's worth the membership fee as long as you have the time to be a part
of two similar organizations. I want to start a local chapter of a UX
organization and was deciding between IxDA, UPA, and IAI. I decided on IxDA
because there's no annual membership fee, but it was a tough choice. IxDA
tends to have too much of an artistic design background for me sometimes, but
UPA can be too academics, so in that respect it was a toss up.

31 Mar 2010 - 2:30pm
Brian Sullivan
2009

Brian H, I completely disagree with you. I think it depends on the local leadership of UPA.

I can tell you that the DFW-UPA chapter tries to blend usability, interaction, and design. We are not academically focused AND we greatly appreciate our academic brothers and sisters performing research, too.

You should check out the Big Design Conference (see www.bigdesign10.com) to see how we are trying to spotlight the synergies between these diverse groups.

Why pick one? You can specialize and appreciate each discipline. For me, it is the essence of Big Design.

Thanks, Brian Sullivan

-----Original Message----- From: ixdaor@host.ixda.org [mailto:ixdaor@host.ixda.org] On Behalf Of brianh Sent: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 2:13 PM To: Sullivan, Brian Subject: Re: [IxDA] UPA: The Usability Professionals' Association

I agree with Barbara that it's a very academically focused organization. I
think it's worth the membership fee as long as you have the time to be a part
of two similar organizations. I want to start a local chapter of a UX
organization and was deciding between IxDA, UPA, and IAI. I decided on IxDA
because there's no annual membership fee, but it was a tough choice. IxDA
tends to have too much of an artistic design background for me sometimes, but
UPA can be too academics, so in that respect it was a toss up.

31 Mar 2010 - 6:10pm
TracyBesser
2009

I agree that the leadership of an organization makes a big difference. But also my experience is that each organization is different depending on where its based. Just as the work varies from city to city/region to region, the focus of the organization is different.







> Subject: Re: [IxDA] UPA: The Usability Professionals' Association
> From: brian.sullivan@sabre.com
> Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2010 17:33:06 -0500
>
> Brian H, I completely disagree with you. I think it depends on the local
> leadership of UPA.
>
> I can tell you that the DFW-UPA chapter tries to blend usability,
> interaction, and design. We are not academically focused AND we greatly
> appreciate our academic brothers and sisters performing research, too.
>
> You should check out the Big Design Conference (see www.bigdesign10.com) to
> see how we are trying to spotlight the synergies between these diverse
> groups.
>
> Why pick one? You can specialize and appreciate each discipline. For me, it
> is the essence of Big Design.
>
> Thanks,
> Brian Sullivan
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: ixdaor@host.ixda.org [mailto:ixdaor@host.ixda.org] On Behalf Of brianh
> Sent: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 2:13 PM
> To: Sullivan, Brian
> Subject: Re: [IxDA] UPA: The Usability Professionals' Association
>
> I agree with Barbara that it's a very academically focused organization. I
> think it's worth the membership fee as long as you have the time to be a part
> of two similar organizations. I want to start a local chapter of a UX
> organization and was deciding between IxDA, UPA, and IAI. I decided on IxDA
> because there's no annual membership fee, but it was a tough choice. IxDA
> tends to have too much of an artistic design background for me sometimes, but
> UPA can be too academics, so in that respect it was a toss up.
>
>

31 Mar 2010 - 10:45am
Ed Dale
2007

I've been a member of UPA for a while and we have an active local group. I have had great value from my membership. I think like anything, you get out of it what you put into it. I think of it as less academically focused than HCI or ASIS&T, but more so than IA Summit.

If you do not have a local chapter, start one.

1 Apr 2010 - 6:25am
Chris Collingridge
2007

I was a member for a couple of years. But, being based in the UK - and not in London - it really didn't offer me a great deal. The magazine was OK (but not worth the membership fee), there was no local chapter to me, and the events they held were mainly in the USA. The group I ended up joining locally were affiliated with the UDA for a while but there was really no benefit to it, so we've gone independent.

So I think it probably depends where you are what you can get out of it. Overall, I'm afraid to say I didn't find membership value for money at all.

1 Apr 2010 - 9:22am
thepofo
2010

I figured out that there is a local Chapter in my home town so I contacted them to ask what they actually do. What I do think that it is a front for a company selling their usability services: http://www.higroup.com

Wait and see.

1 Apr 2010 - 11:36am
Jakob Biesterfeldt
2008

The UPA International Conference 2010 will be held in Munich, Germany, from May 24th to May 28th. That's a great opportunity to get to know UPA. www.upa2010.org

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