May 3rd: The UX Portfolio – Successfully Telling Your Story

Telling our own story can be difficult, and developing a UX portfolio can be challenging for even the most experienced UX professional. We have gathered together 5 leading UX professionals from the Austin area to discuss their portfolio expectations.

Topics for discussion include:
• What should be included in your UX portfolio
• Ways to present your work
• How entry-level professionals should create their portfolios
• How to present client work with non-disclosure agreements
• Transitioning from visual design to UX/UI design
• Explaining UX research vs design

Katherine Hlavac, Interaction Designer II at frog
Kijana Knight-Torres, Director of Insight and Strategy at Idean
Amber Lindholm, Director of Experience Strategy and Design Research at projekt202
John Pruitt, Director of Design at Dell 
Georgette Sullivan, Senior Design Manager, IBM Watson Health

Schedule of Events
Chit chat & food:  6:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Talk:  7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

We are grateful to Rackspace for their generous sponsorship of Austin User Experience Professionals Association meetups. Our host will be Jacki Bauer.


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Austin User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA)

Austin, TX
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Austin UXPA is a local chapter of the User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA).  We are a volunteer-run organization with the goal of providing educational and network…

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Back to Basics: Building a Story around User Research

Tuesday, Apr 5, 2016, 6:30 PM
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April 5th: Back to Basics: Building a Story around User Research


6:30-8:30pm at Rackspace (9001 N IH35 #150 Austin, TX 78753, Austin, TX)

Conducting user research has increasingly become an accepted and expected part of the development process among firms, from those building consumer websites to enterprise applications. This is great news for users! However, this also means that user research can become a box-checking activity, leading to research that fails to deliver on the promise of insights and impact that can positively shape both the strategy and tactical implementations of products and interfaces.

In this talk, we’ll explore how a focus on building a Story around your research activities can lead to greater stakeholder buy-in, use of methods that better match research and business objectives, and can increase the relevancy of research results and how those results are communicated.


Rob Dixon is a UX Research Strategist at Human Interfaces, Inc. He has spent the last decade helping to shape and improve the user experience of products and services for a wide range of clients, from consumer oriented mobile and web, to enterprise class IT, InfoSec and engineering tools. Rob believes that sound research design, careful execution and thoughtful analysis of user research can lead to better products and happier customers.

Schedule of Events

Chit chat & food:  6:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Talk:  7:00 PM to 8:00 PM


We are grateful to Rackspace for their generous sponsorship of Austin User Experience Professionals Association meetups. Our host will be Jacki Bauer.

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March 1st: Fast and rigorous user personas

There is a belief in the UX community that user personas can be either fast or rigorous, but not both. We present a fast and rigorous method based on cluster analysis of surveyed user traits (e.g. behaviors, attitudes). First, we build a survey to measure the space of user traits. Second, we submit the survey data to factor analysis to find groups of correlated traits. Third, we submit the factor scores to cluster analysis to identify groups of users who have similar traits. We demonstrate the method in the context of developing car shopper personas. We suggest best practices for building a meaningful survey, interpreting the factors, optimizing the clusters, and visualizing the results.


Stefania Mereu is a User Experience (UX) Researcher, Strategist, Evangelist & Data Visualization addict. Currently Vice President of Research at CarStory.

Eric Taylor is a data scientist at Rackspace with 10 years of experience in basic and applied research. He earned a PhD in Cognitive Psychology, with a focus on models of learning and reasoning. He likes connecting big ideas to rigorous statistical models and distilling the results into a sound bite or a beautiful image.

Schedule of Events 

Chit chat & food:  6:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Talk:  7:00 PM to 8:00 PM


We are grateful to Indeed for their generous sponsorship of the March 2016 Austin User Experience Professionals Association meetup. Our host will be Craig Tomlin.

Google map to the Indeed office.


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February 16th: Board Service and Volunteer Recruitment

Dear Austin UXPA members,

We will be holding a happy hour meet-up on Tuesday, February 16th to hold elections for Austin UXPA board members for the 2016 calendar year. We will meet at the Draught House (4112 Medical Parkway) at 7pm. If you are interested in board service or have any questions, please message us and RSVP on


Board service is a volunteer (non-paid) role with the following benefits and responsibilities:


• Steer Austin chapter of the national User Experience Professionals Association

• Have access to the national organization’s resources

• Be part of a great community with wonderful UX professionals


• Help organize monthly meetings along with other board members (no one person does all of these, every month)

• Determine and reserve locations

• Suggest/find/elicit speakers

• Bring supplies (pens, name tags, sign-in sheets, etc.)

• Be able to attend the majority of meetings throughout the year (usually the first Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8:30 p.m.)

• Post events and announcements on Facebook, Meet-up, our website, and Twitter, as well as send out announcements to the Google Group.


We encourage everyone interested in running to attend the February 16th election meet-up, but it is not a requirement. If you have any questions or if you do want to volunteer, but cannot attend the Feb 16th meetup, please message us.

It is not necessary to be a member of the national organization in order to be a board member of the Austin chapter. However, if you are interested in national UXPA membership, see for more information.

Thank you so much,

Austin UXPA

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