Is the IXDA a well-kept secret? (was:Interesting Article About Usability as a Career in New York Times.)
17 Jul 2007 - 12:43pm
7 years ago
Clearly the UPA and IxDA are wildly different demographics. I look at
the UPA conference speakers list (http://tinyurl.com/28owdb), and not
only do I not personally know any of the speakers, I only *recognize*
three names on the entire list! Everyone else is someone I've never
So why the compartmentalization? (These same questions can also apply to
the other various factions: the meetups, the CHI groups, SIG-IA, the
AIGA's various efforts, local chapters, etc)
* Is the UPA more research-oriented, and IxDA more design-oriented?
* Does the UPA skew more academic, IxDA more professional? Vice versa?
* Does the UPA skew, older? Younger?
* Does the UPA skew more innie or outie?
I wasn't surprised that the NYT would call the UPA and not IxDA. The
writer probably dug into the same pile of contacts they would have
called 15 years ago.