Is the IXDA a well-kept secret? (was:InterestingArticle About Usability as a Career in New York Times.)
17 Jul 2007 - 12:56pm
5 years ago
I'm a member of UPA as well. My perception is that UPA is actually less
focused than IxDA.
>From their site:
"The UPA supports those who promote and advance the development of
usable products, reaching out to people who act as advocates for
usability and the user experience. Members come from across the broad
family of disciplines that create the user experience. We invite you to
network in our community."
An interaction designer easily fits this mission statement. However, a
usability engineer who only does research and no design wouldn't fit in
>> 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.