The Boston community is participating in world usability day today with a user experience fair taking place at Microsoft’s New England Research and Development (NERD) center located just across the river in Cambridge. Senior staff from American Graphics Institute are serving as mentors providing portfolio and project reviews during the day, and also serving as panelists for UX discussions that are part of the event, which is hosted by the Boston chapter of the User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA).

UX designers, researchers, and managers from a variety of companies will beUX providing information about their roles, what they do as part of their work, and how they moved into the roles they currently hold. At the UX Fair there will be career advice available for those entering the field, switching jobs, or students who are considering entering the field of user experience design. There will also be networking sessions and one-on-one mentoring appointments.

The event brings together current practicing UX professionals from a cross-section of companies and academic institutions throughout the Boston area. Some of the user experience fields represented at the event include user experience designer, user research, information architecture, interaction design, user interface design, and usability testing.

As a part of a global event, titled World Usability Day, the 2014 theme is The Year of Engagement. The theme is fitting, because user experience is all about how products, apps, and websites engage with their users. Also, UX professionals must engage with a wide audience, from the intended audience of their products, through researchers, information architects, developers and engineers. Regardless of the field or type of product being created, user experience professionals engage with users as they determine their needs and seek to help make their tasks easier or more delightful. The same UX professionals often must engage with stakeholders to determine business needs or requirements. The UX professional will then take their knowledge of these factors and combined them with demographic and ethnographic information to make certain their work is well received by the intended audience regardless of where they are located around the globe.

If you are involved in the user experience community, or would like to be, hopefully you are participating in world usability day. If you are in the Boston area you can take part in the UX Fair, or participate in UX events around the globe. If you want to learn more about the field of user experience, you may find the UX classes and workshops at American Graphics Institute to be a good starting point in this field.

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Celebrate UX in Boston at User Experience Fair 2014