Triangle User Experience Professionals Association (TriUXPA)

The Triangle UXPA was founded in 2005 and is the Triangle chapter of the User Experience Professionals Association. We are focused on building and supporting the local community of practitioners who focus on crafting great user experiences.

Upcoming events

    • 14 May 2015
    • 1:15 PM - 3:00 PM
    • SAS Training Room, Building F, Room 101, 200 SAS Campus Drive, Cary, NC 27513
    • 30
    Abi Jones 

    The virtual seminar will begin promptly at 1:30 PM, preceded by 15 minutes for socializing and networking. Come early to meet your fellow Triangle UXPA members and talk shop!

    * You must be present at the host location to view this webinar.

    People are creating rich, customized user experiences using the sensors on devices, and you’re eager to join them. You can’t wait to leverage the magic of ultra-contextual design. But where do you start? There’s a dizzying array of sensors out there, from accelerometers to gyroscopes, and not every sensor technology is right for your users.

    Abi Jones pairs journey maps with an understanding of sensor technology to uncover and alleviate points of friction in the product experience. To her, success is nothing less than the seamless integration of technology into everyday life, in ways that make it easier and better.

    User research lies at the heart of ultra-contextual design. It requires a deep understanding of the way your users interact with your product and a clear sense of where those interactions might be improved. Nail this and you’ll have no problem figuring out how and when to use embedded sensors and related data to create amazing experiences.

    Establish context for user experiences with visual empathy

    • Use empathy mapping, service blueprints and a variety of research methods to understand context for the customer journey
    • Determine the “moments of truth” in the customer experience

      Evaluate whether sensor-informed context makes sense for your users

      • Review the panoply of sensors that are available across all device categories
      • Test the efficacy of each type of sensor within the context of your application

      Use journey maps to drive sensor-informed context

      • Use remote user research to uncover your customers’ pain points
      • Identify the information that’s essential for creating a great user experience

      Ask for more data without alienating users

      • Add the human touch to all of your asks
      • Understand how often, how much and how to ask for user information

      Attend this seminar if you want to:

      • Leverage sensor technology, but don’t know where to start
      • Figure out whether sensor-informed context is right for you and your users
      • Create better research plans

      Contextual design combines the user centricity of customer journeys and the environmental awareness of sensors to create remarkable experiences. It helps mountain rescue teams save lives and busy do-it-yourselfers find the right tool for the job. But if you want to be successful, you’ve got to get down to the basics. Understand what your users need to accomplish. Find out what’s getting in their way. And then explore how sensor-informed technology can change that. Are you ready?

      Why Abi?

      Abi Jones designs ways to interact with Google’s Knowledge Graph, a semantic network of over 570 million objects (and 18 billion related facts) representing the continually growing realm of human knowledge. She especially likes croissants, Tchaikovsky's violin concerto, and the periodic table of elements. When not designing interfaces for the computable portions of human knowledge, Abi writes a webcomic at and rides her trusty 7-speed Schwinn between the redwoods and beaches of Santa Cruz. You can read her mind on Twitter at @jonesabi.


      SAS Training Room 
      Building F, Room 101
      200 SAS Campus Drive 
      Cary, NC 27513 
      See map: Google Maps

      • 21 May 2015
      • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      • Centerline in Raleigh

      The book selected pushes the edges a bit, and is called "Designing for Emerging Technologies:  UX for Genomics, Robotics, and the Internet of Things".  It's a collection 20 chapters in a wildly rich set of UX frontiers, each chapter by a different UX specialist.  It's a heavy read, so it would be fine if you only select and read the chapters that most interest you.

      Register for this event on Meetup: Meetup for May's Bookgroup 

      • 28 May 2015
      • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
      • American Tobacco Campus classroom
      • 75
      Wren Lanier

      Wren Lanier

      Wren is a designer with a passion for creating beautiful digital products. Since she started working on the web over 12 years ago, she’s done a little bit of everything—from advising startups on UX best practices to pushing pixels for Fortune 500 companies. She currently leads design and UX at Highrise, the contact-manager originally created by 37 Signals.

      How Designer's Fail

      Great design requires more than a trained eye and an obsession with perfect pixels: it takes leadership, understanding, and lot of moxie. If you’re only producing beautiful deliverables, you’re only doing half your job. In this talk, Wren will share a few hard-won lessons about product design, failure, and how to do excellent work every single day. 

        • 14 Jul 2015
        • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
        • Caktus Group in Durham

        Have you ever felt like the only UXer around? Have you ever felt vastly outnumbered by Development and everyone else? If so, July's book is for you.

        July's book is "The User Experience Team of One" by Leah Buley, which has been a very popular book with UXers. Please come join the discussion!

        Register for this event on Meetup: Meetup for Durham's July Bookgroup 

        • 16 Jul 2015
        • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
        • Centerline in Raleigh

        Have you ever felt like the only UXer around? Have you ever felt vastly outnumbered by Development and everyone else? If so, July's book is for you.

        July's book is "The User Experience Team of One" by Leah Buley, which has been a very popular book with UXers. Please come join the discussion!

        Register for this event on Meetup: Meetup for Raleigh's July Bookgroup 

      Past events

      01 May 2015 Story Mapping Product Experience
      16 Apr 2015 Transitioning to a UX Career Panel Discussion
      02 Apr 2015 [UIE Webinar] Improve UX With Animation with Rachel Nabors
      26 Mar 2015 Raleigh Book Group - March
      26 Mar 2015 Jeff Gothelf - Lean for Enterprise Teams
      25 Mar 2015 [UIE Webinar] Designing Interaction between Devices with Josh Clark
      19 Mar 2015 [Beverage User Interface] March BUI: Mentorship
      16 Mar 2015 Delightful User Experiences with Intent
      12 Mar 2015 [UIE Webinar] Better Accessibility through Your User Research
      29 Jan 2015 [Beverage User Interface] 2015 BUI Kickoff
      29 Jan 2015 [UIE Webinar] Cohesive Design Systems for Enterprise with Nathan Curtis
      11 Dec 2014 [UIE Webinar] Designing Content for Product Experiences with Jonathon Colman
      05 Dec 2014 [Workshop] Interface Writing with Nicole Fenton
      02 Dec 2014 The 5th Annual Merry Mingle Holiday Party
      13 Nov 2014 World Usability Day 2014 - Prototyping User Experience: Engagement is Never Static
      16 Oct 2014 [UIE Webinar] Mapping Success with Objectives and Key Results with Christina Wodtke
      24 Sep 2014 [UIE Webinar] Making UX Work with Agile Scrum Teams with Aviva Rosentstein
      18 Sep 2014 [Free Event] Mobile Usability Testing: Easier Than You Think
      16 Sep 2014 [Workshop] UX skills only get you so far: Get out there to advance your career!
      28 Aug 2014 [UIE Webinar] Defining a UX Strategy with Jim Kalbach
      26 Aug 2014 [Beverage User Interface] BUI with STC Carolina
      15 Jul 2014 [UIE Webinar] Lean Roadmapping: Where Product Management and UX Meet with Bruce McCarthy
      05 Jun 2014 [UIE Webinar] Responsive Workflows: Because There's No Such Thing as a Perfect Process with Ben Callahan
      02 Jun 2014 [Beverage User Interface] Networking and Social Event
      13 May 2014 [UIE Webinar] Lean UX: Forming & Testing Hypotheses with Josh Seiden
      01 May 2014 [Free Event] Never Trust A Skinny Chef with Amanda Stockwell and Heather Young
      29 Apr 2014 [UX Book Club] Raleigh Book Discussion of "Just Enough Research"
      28 Apr 2014 [UX Book Club] Durham Book Discussion of "Just Enough Research"
      17 Apr 2014 nexUX: The Triangle's Emerging Center for What's Next in User Experience (Free Event)
      17 Apr 2014 [UIE Webinar] Designing Infographics and Data Visualizations with Noah Iliinsky
      02 Apr 2014 [Beverage User Interface] Networking and Social Event
      13 Mar 2014 [UIE Webinar] Designing Touch-Friendly Interfaces with Josh Clark
      26 Feb 2014 [Workshop] Using Personas and Storytelling Effectively with Whitney Quesenbery
      25 Feb 2014 [UX Book Club] Raleigh Book Discussion of "A Web for Everyone: Designing Accessible User Experiences"
      24 Feb 2014 [UX Book Club] Durham Book Discussion of "A Web for Everyone: Designing Accessible User Experiences"
      11 Feb 2014 [UIE Webinar] Designing Across Devices with Progressive Enhancement with Aaron Gustafson
      04 Feb 2014 UI is Communication (Free Event)
      12 Dec 2013 [UIE Webinar] Design Workflow with Stephen Hay
      11 Dec 2013 [UX Book Club] Durham Book Discussion of "The User Experience Team of One"
      09 Dec 2013 [UX Book Club] Raleigh Book Discussion of "The User Experience Team of One"
      03 Dec 2013 Merry Mingle 2013
      14 Nov 2013 World Usability Day 2013, Healthcare: Collaborating for Better Systems
      30 Oct 2013 [UX Book Club] Durham Book Discussion of "Microinteractions: Designing with Details"
      29 Oct 2013 [Workshop] Introduction to Responsive Design with Jonathan Smiley of Zurb
      21 Oct 2013 [UX Book Club] Raleigh Book Discussion of "Microinteractions: Designing with Details"
      08 Oct 2013 Augmented Reality Discussion with Mona Singh
      29 Aug 2013 [UX Book Club] Raleigh Book Discussion of "Designing with the Mind in Mind"
      11 Jul 2013 [UIE Webinar] Research and Design for the UX Team of One
      26 Jun 2013 [Workshop] Information Architecture: Creation and Evaluation with Cory Lebson
      25 Jun 2013 UX Social with Cory Lebson
      25 Jun 2013 Solving Design Problems with Collaborative Methods
      20 Jun 2013 [UIE Webinar] Design Studio with Adam Connor
      12 Jun 2013 [UX Book Club] Durham Book Discussion of "Lean UX"
      10 Jun 2013 [UX Book Club] Raleigh Book Discussion of "Lean UX"
      21 May 2013 UX in the Agile Enterprise: A Panel Discussion
      14 May 2013 [UIE Webinar] Designing for Micro-moments
      23 Apr 2013 [UIE Webinar] Storyboarding: Communicating Your Ideas with Comics & Drawings
      04 Apr 2013 Panel: Is School Preparing Me for a UX Career? (Free Event)
      20 Mar 2013 [UX Book Club] Durham Book Discussion of "Understanding Comics"
      18 Mar 2013 [UX Book Club] Raleigh Book Discussion of "Understanding Comics"
      07 Mar 2013 [UIE Webinar] Voice and Tone: Creating Content for Humans with Kate Kiefer Lee
      19 Feb 2013 [UIE Webinar] Organizing Mobile Web Experiences with Luke Wroblewski
      13 Feb 2013 IBM Mobile User Experience
      17 Jan 2013 [UIE Webinar] Sketching for Understanding with Nathan Curtis
      29 Nov 2012 [UIE Webinar] Solutions for a World of Countless Devices with Peter-Paul Koch
      26 Nov 2012 [Invited Speaker] Beyond Mobile: Where No Geek Has Gone Before with Josh Clark
      15 Nov 2012 [Workshop] Lean UX: Getting Out of the Deliverables Business with Jeff Gothelf
      08 Nov 2012 World Usability Day 2012: Usability of Financial Systems with Cliff Anderson (Ally Financial)
      25 Oct 2012 [UIE Webinar] Mapping the User Experience with Chris Risdon
      18 Oct 2012 [UX Book Club] Raleigh Book Discussion of "Designing for Emotion"
      17 Oct 2012 [Workshop] Silver Bullets for Getting Buy-in for UX Research with Tomer Sharon (Google)
      11 Oct 2012 [UX Book Club] Durham Book Discussion of "Designing for Emotion"
      13 Sep 2012 Designing an Optimal Tablet User Experience (Panel Discussion)
      04 Sep 2012 [UIE Webinar] Content Strategy for Mobile with Karen McGrane
      14 Aug 2012 [UIE Webinar] Start Full Screen: Organize, Communicate, & Annotate HTML Prototypes with Nathan Curtis
      26 Jul 2012 [Guest Lecturer] Affordances and their Importance to UX Practitioners (Co-Sponsored with Bloomberg)
      18 Jul 2012 [Workshop] UX Tune-Up with Carol Barnum
      10 Jul 2012 [UIE Webinar] Championing Contextual Research in Your Organization with Steve Portigal
      28 Jun 2012 [UX Book Club] Raleigh Book Discussion of "Mobile First"
      21 Jun 2012 [UX Book Club] Durham Book Discussion of "Mobile First"
      20 Jun 2012 [Community Event] UX Design and Research Process
      12 Jun 2012 [UIE Webinar] Discussing Design - The Art of Critique with Adam Connor
      17 May 2012 [UIE Webinar] The Design Choices You Make for Information: How to Create Great Data Visualizations with Brian Suda
      26 Apr 2012 [Community Event] UX Prototyping Tools
      10 Apr 2012 [UIE Webinar] Telling the Right Story with Data Visualizations with Noah Iliinsky
      10 Apr 2012 [UX Book Club] Kickoff & Pre-Webinar Social
      27 Mar 2012 [UIE Webinar] The Mobile Frontier With Rachel Hinman
      12 Jan 2012 [UIE Webinar] Buttons Are A Hack: The New Rules Of Designing For Touch
      07 Dec 2011 [UIE Webinar] Lean UX: Getting Out of the Deliverables Business
      17 Nov 2011 [UIE Webinar] Persuading Your Users through Visualization: The Quest for Emotional Engagement
      10 Nov 2011 World Usability Day 2011: Education: Designing for Social Change
      20 Oct 2011 [UIE Webinar] Gamestorming — Brainstorming Games for Team Creativity: Creating an Environment for Innovation with Dave Gray
      05 Oct 2011 [Workshop] Tapworthy Mobile Design and User Experience Workshop With Josh Clark
      04 Oct 2011 [Workshop] User eXperience 101
      27 Sep 2011 [Community Event] Building HTML5/CSS3 Applications
      07 Sep 2011 [Community Event] Myths and Misconceptions of Usability Testing
      01 Sep 2011 [UIE Webinar] Story Mapping for UX Practitioners: Tying Agile & UX Together
      11 Aug 2011 [UIE Webinar] 6 Lessons for Online Content Curation: Museum as Muse
      09 Aug 2011 [Community Event] Posting Our Hearts Out: Understanding Online Self-Discourse for Better Designs
      05 Jul 2011 [Community Event] Facebook Product Design
      30 Jun 2011 [UIE Webinar] CSS3 with Dan Rubin
      23 Jun 2011 [UIE Webinar] Plays Well With Others: Survival Skills for Design Teams with Dan Brown of EightShapes
      16 Jun 2011 [Community Event] Prosthetic Mobile Computing
      09 Jun 2011 [UIE Webinar] Ajax, A Deeper Dive with Derek Featherstone (CANCELED TODAY)
      03 Jun 2011 [Partner Event] Triangle Startup Weekend
      25 May 2011 [Community Event] Effective Data Visualization Panel
      19 May 2011 [UIE Webinar] Designing with Scenarios, Putting Personas to Work with Kim Goodwin
      28 Apr 2011 [UIE Webinar] Search as a Multichannel Experience with Pete Bell of Endeca
      26 Apr 2011 [Community Event] Designing Narrative-Centered Learning Environments
      21 Apr 2011 [UIE Webinar] From PDFs to HTML Prototypes with Nathan Curtis, EightShapes
      07 Apr 2011 [UIE Webinar] User Research Analysis Events with Steve Portigal
      17 Mar 2011 [UIE Webinar] Mobile Design: Designing Tapworthy Mobile Apps
      17 Mar 2011 [Workshop] MoreBetterLabs: Practical Usability Testing
      08 Mar 2011 [Guest Lecturer] "We Live Here: Why Information Architecture Matters" with Andrew Hinton
      24 Feb 2011 [UIE Webinar] Information Design with Noah Iliinsky
      17 Feb 2011 [UIE Webinar] The Secrets of Great UX Documentation with Dan Brown
      03 Feb 2011 [UIE Webinar] A Practical Approach to Better Project Kickoffs with Kevin Hoffman
      14 Dec 2010 [Social Event] UX-mas Party
      09 Dec 2010 [UIE Webinar] A Deeper Dive on the UX-Team-of-One Theory with Leah Buley
      18 Nov 2010 [UIE Webinar] Visual Design for Web Applications with David Rivers
      11 Nov 2010 World Usability Day 2010
      04 Nov 2010 [UIE Webinar] Seductive Interaction Design With Stephen Anderson
      01 Nov 2010 [Social Event] Beverage User Interface: Post-Workshop
      01 Nov 2010 [Workshop] Good Design Faster: An all-day workshop with Leah Buley
      14 Oct 2010 [UIE Webinar] AJAX Essentials with Derek Featherstone
      06 Oct 2010 [Community Event] A Strategic Approach to Metrics for User Experience Designers
      30 Sep 2010 [UIE Webinar] Writing Vibrant, Compelling Web Copy
      23 Sep 2010 [Community Event] A Day In The Life Of A UX Professional - Panel Discussion Co-Hosted By TRIUPA And UNC ASIS&T
      16 Sep 2010 [UIE Webinar] Organization Schemes with Donna Spencer
      26 Aug 2010 [UIE Webinar] Online Persuasion with Bryan & Jeffrey Eisenberg
      05 Aug 2010 [UIE Webinar] Storytelling For UX With Whitney Quesenbery
      20 Jul 2010 [Social Event] UX Trivia Night
      15 Jul 2010 [Community Event] Healthcare Part 2: A Human Factors Approach to Patient Queuing in a Children’s Clinic
      15 Jul 2010 [UIE Webinar] Remote Usability Testing with Nate Bolt
      08 Jul 2010 [Partner Event] Introduction to UX - UNC Webmasters Meeting with Abe Crystal
      23 Jun 2010 [UIE Webinar] Search Analytics, With Louis Rosenfeld
      17 Jun 2010 [Community Event] Real World Content Strategy
      15 Jun 2010 [Community Event] Ethnography: Because Customers Don’t Always DO What They SAY
      03 Jun 2010 [UIE Webinar] Content Strategy, With Kristina Halvorson
      21 May 2010 [Community Event] Designers Korner Durham #3
      12 Nov 2009 World Usability Day 2009
      09 Sep 2009 [Workshop] Modeling Concepts: New IA Techniques for a Web 2.0 World (Full-Day Workshop)
      27 Aug 2009 [Community Event] Death To The Spec: Building A Testable Prototype Using Axure

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