What we're about

The Greater Boston chapter of IxDA, the Interaction Design Association (http://ixda.org), is a volunteer-run, donation-funded, non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the discipline of interaction design.

We are a community of professionals, founded in 2003, who are passionate about improving how we interact with the artifacts, environments, and systems we use and inhabit… and ultimately improving how humans interact with each other.

Interaction Design (IxD) as a discipline seeks to define the structure and behavior of interactive systems. Interaction designers strive to create meaningful relationships between people and the products and services that they use. Our focus is behavior, flow, and dialogue, but we work with product teams and other UX disciplines– including visual design, industrial design, service design, and design research– to co-create form and behavior for an optimal user experience.

Our mission is to bring an interaction-centric, design-focused POV to the Greater Boston UX community, and to highlight the many areas of domain expertise represented by our membership: Healthcare, Robotics, Financial, Audio, AI, Travel, and more.

We’re not a professional organization in the traditional sense: we don’t care if you call yourself an interaction designer or not, and we don't charge dues (but donations are welcome). Our membership includes designers, developers, academics, product managers, and design researchers, at all levels of experience.

Contact us at:

Twitter: @IxDABoston (https://twitter.com/IxDABoston)

Linkedin: IxDA Boston (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/3314834/)

Instagram: ixdaboston (https://www.instagram.com/ixdaboston/)

Eventbrite: ixdaboston (http://ixdaboston.eventbrite.com)

Upcoming events (1)

IxDA Boston & Creative Mornings Boston | Emotionally Intelligent Design

IxDA Boston is teaming with Creative Mornings Boston, General Assembly and HireMinds to celebrate the first World Interaction Design Day (IxDD) with the Greater Boston design community. On the morning of September 24, we will host Pamela Pavliscak (https://www.changesciences.com/pamela-pavliscak), author of "Emotionally Intelligent Design: Rethinking How We Create Products." Pamela is an expert on our emotional relationship with tech, and her work brings together empathy research, affective computing, and expressive interfaces to make technology more human. Come hear a thought leader speak to an interaction designer's mandate in the real world, make new connections (and deepen old connections) in the local design community, or meet local recruiters and learn more about current opportunities in the area... whatever the reason, we hope to see you there! Registration This is a free event! Please register for your tickets on Eventbrite: https://ixda-boston-cm-emotionally-intelligent-design.eventbrite.com About World Interaction Design Day September 24, 2019 is World Interaction Design Day (https://interactiondesignday.org/). Join us in Boston, where we will come together as part of a united global design community to celebrate and explore how interaction design improves the human condition. Our aim is to have a positive, long-lasting impact by facilitating activities that support dialogue and outcomes. The theme for our first year is Trust and Responsibility. About Our Speaker Pamela Pavliscak (pav-li-shock) guides organizations toward emotionally intelligent futures as founder of Change Sciences. Part ethnography, part psychology, part data science, her approach translates future vision into tangible everyday possibilities. She specializes in emotionally intelligent design and emotion-sensing artificial intelligence. Her research has been featured on CBC's Spark, Salon, and Quartz. Her book, Emotionally Intelligent Design, focuses on how to design a future that has as much EQ as it does IQ. Pamela is a TEDx speaker and has spoken at SxSW , TNW, Web Summit, Google Creative Labs, among many others. She teaches at the Pratt Institute School of Information in NYC and has lectured at the Stanford d.School, ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination, University of Washington, and Parsons. She serves on an international committee to develop IEEE standard 7000 for ethically aligned AI. About Our Sponsors General Assembly (https://generalassemb.ly/?&where=boston) is a pioneer in education and career transformation, specializing in today’s most in-demand skills. The leading source for training, staffing, and career transitions, we foster a flourishing community of professionals pursuing careers they love. HireMinds (https://www.hireminds.com/) is the leading search firm in the Boston area focused on Marketing/MarTech, Creative, Accounting/Finance, and Science recruiting. About Donations IxDA Boston (https://www.meetup.com/IXDA-Boston/) is a non-profit organization supported in part by member / attendee donations. We do not charge membership fees. If you enjoy or are inspired by our events, please contribute to our ability to continue delivering great interaction and UX programming to the Boston design community by including an optional donation as part of your ticket registration!

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