UX Groups in Philadelphia
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Published on December 24, 2014
Finding fellow UX professionals in Philly is as easy as finding a cheesesteak. With user experience professional groups, UX courses and workshops, and even a book club, there are many networking and training opportunities where you can interact with others in UX fields in the Philadelphia area.
Philadelphia UX Classes
At the American Graphics Institute you can meet other practicing UX professionals or those who work in related fields and are expanding their understanding of the field. The Introduction to UX Design Principles class attracts designers, developers, business analysts, product managers, and many others. While more specialized training the UX field is available through other courses. Learn more about UX Courses in Philadelphia.
UX Book Club Philadelphia
Branch out of your comfort zone by joining a book club. Keep in mind this isn’t your local library book club, but a book club focused on all things UX. The UX Book Club of Philadelphia meets several times a year, and they post news related to their readings and meetings on Twitter. For example, the book everyone's reading at the moment is A Book Apart, Just Enough Research. Meetings occur both in person, such as at Think Brownstone where the December event was hosted, as well as via Google Hangouts.
The PhillyCHI chapter of ACM SIGCHI (Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Computer–Human Interaction) is a great way to interact with fellow UX professionals in Philadelphia. In addition to monthly meetings, the PhillyCHI chapter provides monthly socials for those involved with the Philadelphia UX community to network. Membership for PhillyCHI is open to anyone who signs up for their mailing list, and there’s no cost to join.
Philadelphia UX Professionals Association
The local chapter of the Philadelphia UX Professionals Association covers a wider area of the Dealware Valley and is officially the Delaware Valley UXPA chapter.
Whether you are just starting out with UX or a seasoned professional, get involved with the UX community of Philly by joining some or all of these groups.
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.