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Michigan UXPA Newsletter | October 2021
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New: MiUXPA Fall Mixer

Save the Date! Michigan UXPA is hosting a Fall Mixer on Wednesday, November 10th from 6-8 pm EST. The event will be fully online using the Wonder Platform. This social event is a chance to hang out with Michigan UXers and is timed to kick off World Usability Day!
Learn More About the Fall Mixer

Michigan Women in UX Series

In this edition of the Michigan Women in UX series, we are featuring two very successful women who have more than 40 years of combined experience in the user experience profession. 
Portrait of Lija Hogan
Portrait of Serena Rosenhan
Lija Hogan is a Customer Experience Consultant at UserTesting and has over 20 years of experience in the field of UX.
Serena Rosenhan is the Vice President of User Experience Design at ProQuest with over 20 years of experience in the field. 
Although Lija and Serena have never met, you’ll see that their careers and work approaches share many similarities. Check out their feature to learn more about their UX careers. 
Read More about Lija and Serena's UX Careers

Carving Some UX into 
Your Fall Festivities 

Fall is in the air. This means it's time for leaves, apple cider, and picking out the perfect pumpkin. This year, the MiUXPA team challenged each other to carve UX-themed pumpkins for our doorsteps. Join the fun by sharing your pumpkin carving masterpieces on Twitter and tagging @MichiganUXPA.

UX research carved pumpkin
UX design carved pumpkin

Michigan UXers Launch New Podcast 

Michiganders Aaron Stites (Strategic Researcher at Covenant Eyes) and Kendron Rhodes (Design Strategist at Agathon Group & Adjunct Professor at Cornerstone University) have teamed up to launch a new podcast called UX Collab.

Whether you have never conducted UX work or are leading teams or projects, their hope is to help you and others grow by sharing what they've learned from their collective 30 years of UX experience. Although the focus of their podcast will be on design work, they are motivated to live life through design not just based on the academic discipline itself, but according to how we were designed by our Creator.

In their pilot episode, Aaron and Kedron discuss how they got started in UX, what they enjoy, the challenges they face, and why they keep doing UX work.

Watch UX Collab Episode 1

Our Media Channels Need A Makeover: Call for Photos

Have you visited the MiUXPA website lately? Sadly, It's pretty sparse on images. As we update our website and media channels, we'd love to incorporate more pictures of UX professionals, like yourself, into the new designs.

We are looking for pictures of Michigan UX professionals (and teams) in action. Send us pictures of a team lunch or group outing, an event you hosted (from years ago is OK), or company "war room" or just folks around a conference table.

If interested, please send pictures We look forward to hearing from you!

Upcoming Events

CXM 360 - October 14, 2021

10:30 AM – 3 PM EDT
Free & Online
CXM 360

CXM 360 is a content-rich and interactive event featuring speakers and facilitators from a broad range of industries that covers the entire discipline of Customer Experience Management. This event is hosted by CXM@MSU.

CXM 360 Details

Tech Literacy Download 2021

3:45 – 5:45 PM EDT
Ross School of Business, Room 2 
UI/UX Bootcamp

Explore hands-on impacts on UI/UX management through FIGMA interface design tools and Photoshop editing technology to improve user experience. This +Tech Literacy Download event is hosted by Ross School of Business. 

UI/UX Bootcamp Details

Extended Reality (XR) @ Michigan
Join the Center for Academic Innovation at the University of Michigan for the Academic Innovation at Michigan (AIM) Extended Reality Fall Speaker Series.

1 – 2:30 PM EDT
Free & Online
XR for Higher Education: Experiential Design Affordances, Production Challenges, & Ethical Considerations

In this discussion and Q&A, Kent Bye will discuss what’s happening at the frontiers of experiential design and education, tips and strategies for the production of immersive educational content, and some dilemmas for educators to consider with the introduction of immersive technologies.

XR Webinar Details

3:30 – 5 PM EDT
Free & Online
Lessons from Designing Augmented Reality for Collaborative Learning

Join Iulian Radu as he discusses the intersection of immersive design and educational innovation, focusing on aspects of AR/VR collaborative learning, makerspaces, embodied cognition, and immersive software / hardware engineering. 

AR/VR Webinar Details

Caroline Jarrett

It's Not Too Late to Watch Caroline Jarrett's Surveys that Work Webinar

Last week, Caroline Jarrett joined the Detroit User Experience group to meet and talk about her latest book, Surveys That Work.

If you had to miss the event, Caroline has graciously allowed the recording to be shared.  You can find it here on Google Drive. Join the Detroit UX Meetup group to learn about events in the future! 

Watch the Free Webinar

Featured Jobs

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User Experience Research Lab Analyst

Looking to use your research, design skills, and experience to make a daily difference in people’s lives? Newell Brands Design is hiring a User Experience Research Lab Analyst to reimagine product lines and inspire teams with future innovation ideas.

Learn more about Newell Brands Design

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Experience Designer Opening

Are you ready to join a team taking on generational challenges through the power of human-centered design? Join the diverse and dynamic team that powers Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest energy provider and one of the nation's largest gas and electric combination utilities. 

The Experience Design team is looking to hire a passionate design-thinker to help guide the expansion of energy product and service portfolios. 

Experience Designer Details

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