UX Groups in NYC
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Published on January 2, 2015
There is many UX groups in New York City and the surrounding area. The large UX community in NYC supports those involved in a variety of user experience roles. You will find a large network that offers informal and structured meetings, conferences, and training that includes UX workshops, courses, UX education programs.
Which NYC User Experience Groups should I join?
The NYC UX community has a number of resources available for those interested in learning UX or networking.
For training and education, American Graphics Institute offers a number of UX classes in NYC, such as Introduction to User Experience Design Principles, which includes strategy, structuring an application or website, and testing for enhanced user experiences. This is a great course for those who haven’t had any formal UX training and want to get started in the field, or for practicing professionals who are looking for a different perspective on how they approach the field of user experience.
For networking and meetings, the NYC UX Professional Association (UXPA) is a good place to star. You’ll find UX Designers and Information Architects that meet regularly to collaborate, mentor, and support each other. They are the local New York chapter of the national user experience professional’s association group.
The NYC UX Acrobatics meetup group is another place to meet user experience professionals. This group’s primary focus is UX design, usability and research. They have monthly UX workshop meetings to gather information, share ideas and help each other while networking with others.
How can being a part of a NYC UX group help my career?
Being a part of a NYC UX group can assist you in everything from networking to creating better products, to achieving professional growth. In-person networking with other UX professionals in the NYC area often helps with finding opportunities to guide you in getting your next job in UX design if you are working as an independent contractor. While ongoing UX training is an important part of professional growth and development that can help you advance your career. A professional community keeps you informed with the latest trends and other developments in UX design, keeping your skills updated. Regardless of the role you play in app or website design and development, participating in any of the NYC UX groups will benefit you and your career.
About the author
Jennifer Smith is a user experience designer, Photoshop expert, educator and author based in Boston. She is the author of more than 20 books on design tools and processes, including Adobe Creative Cloud for Dummies, Adobe Creative Cloud Digital Classroom, and Photoshop Digital Classroom. She has been awarded a Microsoft MVP three times for her work with user experience design in creating apps for touch, desktop, and mobile devices.
Jennifer delivers UX training and UX consulting for large Fortune 100 companies, small start-ups, and independent software vendors. She has been hired by Adobe and Microsoft to deliver training workshops to their staff, and has traveled to Asia, Europe, India, the Middle East, and across the U.S. to deliver courses and assist on UX design projects. She has extensive knowledge of modern Windows UX Design, having worked closely with the Windows team to create educational material and deliver UX workshops to key partners globally on behalf of Microsoft. Jennifer works with a wide range of prototyping tools including Fireworks, Photoshop, Illustrator, Blend for Visual Studio, and Balsamiq.