Monday, November 24, 2008

Thanksgiving Arizona UPA Membership Drive

The holidays are upon us and I wanted to make mention to you are looking to all of you to get the word out to your friends and colleagues and have them join the Arizona UPA Chapter or at the very least make sure they get on our mailing list.

We had a nice turnout at the World Usability Day and had some people join up as well as sign up for the updates, but we'd like to get everybody we can involved in this chapter, either through regular email correspondence and updates or as actual Arizona UPA members.

We are finalizing the chapter paperwork and should have that resolved at the in December with the goal of having our first formal meeting in January 2009.  Place/time are obviously TBD, but anyone and everyone that joins in December will essentially get December for free as we will be extending the 12-month membership to 13 months for all of our charter members.  Just an incentinve to have you join this year and extend through December 2009.

Anyway, we'd like to hear from you as well about topics areas of focus to cover in 2009 as we will begin working on our agenda for the first 6 months of meetings this month.  Any/all information, requests and suggestions are appreciated.

Again, thanks for signing up for updates here and joining (if you've done so already.)  Keep spreading the word and sending colleagues this site link:  

We'll see/talk to you soon!!  

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Success at World Usability Day in Phoenix

Thanks to everyone who came to the World Usability Day in Phoenix last night.  Last night's event was the fourth annual global event to create awareness for usability. 

It was a great time to meet new people and network with those in our industry.  As we progress with AZ UPA chapter formation (more on that in future emails/posts), we'll likely see each other again!

Special thanks to go out to our hosts, the Art Institute of Phoenix, our guest speakers, companies that donated gifts for our raffle and Theo Mandel from Interface Design and Development for organizing another WUD event.  

We also want to thank Hillary Foose of Metro Light Rail who graciously gave a keynote for us that related transportation to usability and provided us with details on Metro Light Rail and what we can expect to see in the coming months. 

Again, a great event and thanks to all who attended.  

PS:  Be sure to tell your colleagues about Arizona UPA and to have them sign up on this site for updates or to join.  There is knowledge, strength and great networking in numbers!