User Experience Professionals Association

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User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) International, formerly the Usability Professionals Association (UPA), is a professional association for people interested in user experience (UX). UXPA International supports people who research, design, and evaluate the UX of products and services.

Founded in 1991, the original 50-member group has grown to serve a community that includes nearly 2,400 members worldwide by promoting UX concepts and techniques through its annual international conference, publishing new UX findings through both the Journal of Usability Studies (JUS) and User Experience Magazine, and its 59 local chapters in 30 countries around the world.

In 2004, UXPA International established World Usability Day, which in 2011 was celebrated in 44 countries. In 2012, the organization announced a name change from the Usability Professionals Association (UPA) to User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) International.


According to the UXPA International website, organizational goals include:

  • Provide an international network through which UX design professionals can share information about the techniques and methodologies in the profession.
  • Create an inclusive community for those interested in UX design, whether as a primary focus or related discipline.
  • Change new product development processes to include a concern for the people who use them by presenting the business case for UX in product development to colleagues, customers, the public and government agencies.
  • Increase the body of knowledge about UX and user-centered design through professional education, meetings, conferences, and other related resources.


2018: June 26–28, Rio Mar, Puerto Rico, USA
2017: June 6–8, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2016: May 31 - June 3, Seattle, Washington, USA
2015: Simplicity, June 22–25, Coronado, California, USA
2014: Motivation, July 21–24, London, UK
2013: Collaboration, July 9–12, Washington, DC, USA
2012: Leadership, June 4–8, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
2011: Designing for Social Change, June 20–24, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
2010: Embracing Cultural Diversity: User Experience Design for the World, May 24–28, Munich, Germany
2009: Bringing Usability to Life, June 8–12, Portland, Oregon, USA
2008: The Many Faces of User Experience, June 16–20, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
2007: Patterns: Blueprints for Usability, June 11–15, Austin, Texas, USA
2006: Usability Through Storytelling, June 12–16, Denver, Colorado, USA
2005: Bridging Cultures, June 27 - July 1, Montréal, Québec, Canada
2004: Connecting Communities, June 7–11, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
2003: Ubiquitous Usability, June 23–27, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
2002: Humanizing Design, July 8–12, Orlando, Florida, USA
2001: Usability - A Winning Experience, June 25–29, Lake Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
2000: August 14–18, Asheville, North Carolina, USA
1999: June 29 - July 2, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
1998: June 22–26, Washington, DC, USA
1997: August 13–15, Monterey, California, USA
1996: Portland, Maine, USA
1995: Copper Mountain, Colorado, USA
1994: Santa Clara, California, USA
1993: July 21–23, Redmond, Washington, USA
1992: Orem, Utah, USA


UXPA International publishes a magazine, a peer-reviewed journal, and a newsletter:

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