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UXPALA is a 501c6 non-profit. Our focus is Service and Education to the UX and Tech community of the greater Southern California area.

The Los Angeles chapter of The User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) International (http://uxpa.org/) is the 2nd largest, world-wide.

Our chapter and membership are here to support user experience professional's (advanced, entering, transitioning, students and all related) in advancing their knowledge and use of usability, research, accessibility, and best practices. Our chapter focuses on service, education, and volunteering through events, workshops, and mentoring.

Our members encompass a wide variety of disciplines, including product and service strategy, design, research, content, and development. We are colleagues in pursuit of a common goal: better products and services, better process, and better work/life through usability, accessibility, research and collaboration.

More information about UXPA and our local LA chapter can be found on the "Pages (https://www.meetup.com/UXPALA/about/)" tab.

UXPA International is a global professional association devoted to assisting new and established professionals in the user experience disciplines. Through networking, publications, conferences, and classes, UXPA can help you hone your skills and deepen your involvement in the UX community.

Upcoming events (5+)

PE: Queer Design Club - Quantitive/qualitative data 4 Queer Exp. of Design

*** RSVP ON PARTNER EVENTBRITE *** https://tr.im/1bFWT ## Quantitive meets qualitative in the queer experience of design. AIGA NY https://www.aigany.org has teamed up with Queer Design Club (QDC) https://queerdesign.club to host an online conversation around the queer experience in design. QDC Co-founders Rebecca Brooker https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebeccabrooker/ and John Hanawalt https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnwhanawalt/ will kick off the digital event by sharing the results of the first ever Queer Design Club Count, a field-wide survey of LGBTQ+ people across industries and disciplines. The survey aims to amplify queer voices and highlights the challenges and friction these designers often face in the workplace. After the report, we’ll hear from the QDC community directly, as a vibrant group of creatives from various corners of design will come together to discuss these findings and share their experience navigating the industry. This discussion will be followed by a Q&A with the audience. Moderators Rebecca Brooker (she/her), designer https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebeccabrooker/ John Hanawalt (he/him), designer https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnwhanawalt Panel Alex Chen (they/them), designer and writer Chaya Howell (she/her), creative https://www.linkedin.com/in/chayahowell/ Micah Rivera (they/he), designer https://www.linkedin.com/in/micah-rivera-he-him-they-1096614b/ Treavor Wagoner (he/him), product designer https://www.linkedin.com/in/treavorwagoner/ Event Chairs: Carly Ayres and Zipeng Zhu Event graphics by: Zipeng Zhu — Queer Design Club is a community where LGBTQ+ designers can celebrate their contributions to the design industry, share their work, and connect with each other. Event Series Fresh Dialogue QX is part of the Fresh Dialogue event series. These events are critical discussions that focus on current events, issues of cultural relevance and emerging topics in the world of design. Event Chairs: Carly Ayres and Zipeng Zhu Event graphics by: Zipeng Zhu All the proceeds of this event go to Center for Black Equityhttps://centerforblackequity.org . Thank you for your donation!

LGBTQIA+ UX Social Tuesday Talk

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*** REGISTER ON EVENTBRITE *** https://tr.im/1fV3s UXPALA LGBTQIA+ Social Tuesday Talk Let's spill the tea every Tuesday and discuss UX, current events and topical issues Bring your own drinks (tea, coffee, boba popsicle, beer wine, cocktail) Share stories about current events, UX, job stuff, unemployment, LGBTQ topics, tips on productivity, WFH stories, staying fit, job searching or the latest attempt at home cooking, gardening or new hobby. MAKE SURE TO SIGN UP FOR THE ZOOM SESSION - FIND REGISTRATION LINK FOR ZOOM IN YOUR TICKET CONFIRMATION EMAIL. All are welcome - anonymity is always an option!

UXPALA Open Office Hours Career Talk

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*** RSVP ON EVENTBRITE TO GET ZOOM LOGIN *** https://tr.im/OfficeHours UXPALA Open Office Hours Career Talk Marcella Missirian, President of UXPA of Los Angeles, conducts Open Office Hours Career Talk every OTHER week on Wednesdays. Please attend if you have questions on: • Resume, portfolio, case study • General questions about UX Projects • Applying for jobs, process, salary negotiation • Starting to freelance or other freelance questions • Work related subjects • Feeling lost in your career path • General work or career discussion • Imposter Syndrome Bring your resume, case studies, website, UX projects and questions (work or school projects, case studies, etc.) to discuss, get help or advice, get quick case study feedback, career path advice, water cooler talk, bounce an idea off of us, talk shop. How will it work? Depending on how many people show up for Open Office Hours I try to give everyone at least 10 mins and I will accommodate in the order you show up to the webinar. Also: • Prepare whatever project, case study, etc. to be looked at • Grab or make your beverage of choice! • Sign into the Zoom conference • Turn on your video to show us your beautiful face! :) • Let us know what you want to talk about Feel free to come in and out of this session as your time permits but be sure to come with a generous spirit and the want to give back too! Marcella Missirian, President of UXPALA will be sitting at her desk waiting for you. Please feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn also! https://www.linkedin.com/in/marcellamissirian/ See you there!

Partner Event: OCUX - Cognitive Bias and UX

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*** RSVP ON OCUX MEETUP PAGE *** https://tr.im/1tqOs Join fellow OCUXers for an online workshop on Cognitive Bias. TAKEAWAY UX designer and researcher Jennifer Blatz will teach attendees how to define cognitive bias and see how to see signs of it in yourself and others. This will help you recognize it in your work in the UX industry. This talk is for all levels and not intended as a deep discussion of psychology but as an introduction to cognitive bias and how it affects our work. *** RSVP ON OCUX MEETUP PAGE *** https://tr.im/1tqOs Once you RSVP you will be given the Zoom password to enter the meeting. If you RSVP, and your plans change, please let us know so we can open up your seat to the next person on the waitlist. AGENDA 5:30 PM: Networking via Zoom chat 6:00 PM: Announcements and introduction 6:30 PM: Speaker starts her 50-minute presentation 8 PM: Discussion and departure THE SPEAKER Jen Blatz https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferblatz/ is a Lead User Experience Designer and Researcher with expertise that lends itself to any industry. Jen's path to UX started in journalism and graphic design where she learned the importance of aesthetics, organization, and catering content for the consumer. She has worked in a number of fields including finance, cloud storage, security and pet health. Jen is now at Fidelity Investments focusing on improving enterprise tools used by employees. Jen loves being active in the UX community to learn and grow while helping others do the same. She is the co-founder of the UX Research and Strategy group, a 501c3 with a local to Dallas and international presence. She is the organizer of WIAD (World Information Architecture Day) Dallas, TX in 2019 and 2020, and speaker for several local meetup groups and international conferences like Convey UX, Concentric Conference, IAC (Information Architecture Conference), Big Design and more.

Past events (322)

UXPALA Board and Leadership Weekly Meeting

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