The User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) supports people who research, design, and evaluate the user experience of products and services.
The UPA (now UXPA, 2012) was established in 1991 and continues to be the organization of choice for usability professionals worldwide. The UXPA holds a yearly international conference, publishes new findings through both the Journal of Usability Studies (JUS) and through User Experience Magazine, and has 50 chapters around the world. In 2004, the UPA established World Usability Day, which in 2009 was celebrated in over 40 countries.
The UXPA's goals are to:
- Become the authoritative source on the practice of usability, user-centered design (UCD), and user experience (UX).
- Facilitate professional development and education within the UX field.
- Promote the business value of user experience, research, design and evaluation to business and other entities.
- Foster a community of user experience professionals through knowledge sharing and networking.
- Provide effective UXPA Governance.
- Enhance and provide the value of UXPA membership
What is a Usability Professional?
Usability professionals are part of the user experience community. Some usability professionals do a broad range of work from interviews and observations to creating wireframes for a product or service. Some have a design background, and some have a library science degree. Many have attended courses towards certification or an advanced degree in Human-Computer Interaction.
Other usability professionals focus on one particular area, doing either research, design or evaluation. Some do a combination of activities, but specialize in a specific industry such as health care or education, or perhaps work only with handheld devices. All of them focus on the user, while taking into account the needs of the business and the constraints they must work in.
Membership in UXPA
UXPA offers membership to anyone who researches, designs and evaluates the user experience.
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Who are UXPA members?
The UXPA is a growing international organization with 50 chapters around the world, and members in 60 countries. UXPA members come from many different backgrounds, sharing the common interest of creating products that meet the needs of the people who work or play with them. Some work full-time as usability professionals. Others incorporate usability into their work as interface/interaction designers, information architects, developers, and many other fields.