Professional Organization Memberships

3 Oct 2006 - 8:52am
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Georgia Bullen
2006

So I'm new to the professional world, and I've been asked to figure out what
membership I want (ala ACM, AIGA, etc).

I'm not really sure what's best to join, so I was wondering what you all
would recommend?

For background - I studied Psychology and HCI, and I'm working in
Information Design (combo design work and HCI work).

Thanks!

-Georgia Bullen

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3 Oct 2006 - 9:10am
Dave Malouf
2005

> So I'm new to the professional world, and I've been asked to
> figure out what
> membership I want (ala ACM, AIGA, etc).
>
> I'm not really sure what's best to join, so I was wondering
> what you all
> would recommend?

Do you only have to pick one? (of course money is a factor for sure)

What conference(s) do you plan on attending?
If CHI is still doing this thing where when you go as a non-member they make
you a defacto member, then well, go to the conference become a memember and
tell your boss you'd like to join another group that you feel you'd get
value out of.
Or conversely join the association for which conference you will attend in
order to get the discount.

What group speaks the most to your values as a practitioner, designer?

What group gives you the most value for the dollar?

All of these are ways of thinking about what organization to join and I'm
sure there are many more.

Are you doing this because your employer is willing to pay for such a
membership? Or are you doing this because you feel you need a community to
be a part of that you can't get without being a member of it?

If "membership" is not what you are looking for, but community, I'd suggest
(yes, I'm definitely biased) that you just donate money to IxDA
(www.ixda.org) and help this community grow (as per Robert Reimann's posting
last month). We sure could use the help, but because we are subscriber
supporter instead of membership-based there is not "I'm a member of ..."
type dealio. Just the satisfaction of knowing that you are enabling a
community of peers to grow and prosper.

Now, if I was to remove my bias and think outside the IxDA box, I would have
to say that the local SIGs for either UPA or SIGCHI are probably more
valuable than the global/national organizations that are out there. This is
just my experience of it, but I'm a true believer in think globally, act
locally. This is especially true for junior or entry level UX practitioners.
Having more immediate contact is a lot better than having a big agency in
your corner.

But that's me.

-- dave

3 Oct 2006 - 11:02am
Mark Schraad
2006

Georgia,

If youi are still an active student, you can join many of these fairly cheap. Then through participation you acn determine how they align with your personal, professional or career goals - and join for the full professional rate as it best benefits you. My last semester in grad school I joined the UPA, SIG-CHI, AIGA, ISDA, and IxDA - the only group that I did not join was DMI because it was fairly expensive. There is also IAI, oh, and I also joined Bay-CHi for their job listing service.

Mark

On Tuesday, October 03, 2006, at 09:53AM, Georgia Bullen <Georgia.Bullen at gdc4s.com> wrote:

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>So I'm new to the professional world, and I've been asked to figure out what
>membership I want (ala ACM, AIGA, etc).
>
>I'm not really sure what's best to join, so I was wondering what you all
>would recommend?
>
>
>For background - I studied Psychology and HCI, and I'm working in
>Information Design (combo design work and HCI work).
>
>
>
>Thanks!
>
>-Georgia Bullen
>
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3 Oct 2006 - 4:13pm
Cwodtke
2004

and I would biasedly suggest IAI... iainstitute.org it's cheap to join
(40 bucks) and gets you a big discount to the IASummit, the most rocking
conference around for anyone who has the word "information" in the title
(and actually, for many who don't... friend Luke was just saying they
should change the name to US summit and be done with it.)

David (Heller) Malouf wrote:
> [Please voluntarily trim replies to include only relevant quoted material.]
>
>
>> So I'm new to the professional world, and I've been asked to
>> figure out what
>> membership I want (ala ACM, AIGA, etc).
>>
>> I'm not really sure what's best to join, so I was wondering
>> what you all
>> would recommend?
>>
>
> Do you only have to pick one? (of course money is a factor for sure)
>
> What conference(s) do you plan on attending?
> If CHI is still doing this thing where when you go as a non-member they make
> you a defacto member, then well, go to the conference become a memember and
> tell your boss you'd like to join another group that you feel you'd get
> value out of.
> Or conversely join the association for which conference you will attend in
> order to get the discount.
>
> What group speaks the most to your values as a practitioner, designer?
>
> What group gives you the most value for the dollar?
>
> All of these are ways of thinking about what organization to join and I'm
> sure there are many more.
>
> Are you doing this because your employer is willing to pay for such a
> membership? Or are you doing this because you feel you need a community to
> be a part of that you can't get without being a member of it?
>
> If "membership" is not what you are looking for, but community, I'd suggest
> (yes, I'm definitely biased) that you just donate money to IxDA
> (www.ixda.org) and help this community grow (as per Robert Reimann's posting
> last month). We sure could use the help, but because we are subscriber
> supporter instead of membership-based there is not "I'm a member of ..."
> type dealio. Just the satisfaction of knowing that you are enabling a
> community of peers to grow and prosper.
>
> Now, if I was to remove my bias and think outside the IxDA box, I would have
> to say that the local SIGs for either UPA or SIGCHI are probably more
> valuable than the global/national organizations that are out there. This is
> just my experience of it, but I'm a true believer in think globally, act
> locally. This is especially true for junior or entry level UX practitioners.
> Having more immediate contact is a lot better than having a big agency in
> your corner.
>
> But that's me.
>
> -- dave
>
>
> ________________________________________________________________
> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
> To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
> List Guidelines ............ http://listguide.ixda.org/
> List Help .................. http://listhelp.ixda.org/
> (Un)Subscription Options ... http://subscription-options.ixda.org/
> Announcements List ......... http://subscribe-announce.ixda.org/
> Questions .................. lists at ixda.org
> Home ....................... http://ixda.org/
> Resource Library ........... http://resources.ixda.org
>

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4 Oct 2006 - 8:14am
Gordon, Richard E.
2006

Georgia -
For someone with a Psychology background, you might also consider the
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) http://www.hfes.org/Web/
But also look for local chapters of SIG-CHI, UPA, ISDA, HFES etc. in
your city. The local chapters are a great source of support,
information, and networking that is "tuned" to your local area.

Rick

4 Oct 2006 - 2:12pm
Liz Danzico
2006

Hi Georgia -

> So I'm new to the professional world, and I've been asked to figure
> out what
> membership I want (ala ACM, AIGA, etc).
>
> I'm not really sure what's best to join, so I was wondering what
> you all
> would recommend?

Peter Drucker, of all people, has a good set of criteria that may
help you suss out the answer. To grow as a professional, he suggests,
you have to understand yourself first--not just where you excel, but
where you are weakest. In an article that was recently reprinted in
HBR ("Managing Oneself"), he asks some questions, including:

* What are my strengths?
* How do I get things done?
* * Am I a reader or a listener (e.g., would you prefer to read or
hear something)?
* * How do I best learn (e.g., from people, from events, from books,
etc.)?
* What are my values?
* Where do I belong?
* What should I contribute?

Knowing the answers to these coupled with what each organization
offers may provide some guidance.

My two cents:
Join two organizations--one that provides you with professional and
social skills you feel you are lacking, and another that champions
your strengths. The combination of the two has brought me,
personally, the most professional fulfillment.

Liz

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