🆕 New to the Austin design community?
- Subscribe to the mailing list for weekly event reminder emails.
- follow @AustinUX on Twitter for retweets from your local peers.
- Watch this video and read these slides from our June 2015 talk.
😷 It's June 2020 and we're still in the middle of a global pandemic. Wear a mask. Practice social distancing. Wash your hands. Stay home if you can.
✊🏿 Black lives matter. Protest safely, donate, and volunteer. Support local, Black-owned businesses. All design is a political act.
👇 Here's a curated list of active, UX- and design-related organizations and meetups in Austin, as of April 2020:
- UX in ATX
- Black UX Austin
- Ladies, Wine and Design Austin
- Austin Accessibility and Inclusive Design
- Control the Room (formerly Austin Design Sprint)
- PRODDUCT Austin
- Austin Design Jam
- Public Design Lab (formerly Austin User Experience Designers)
- UX for the People
- IDF Austin (Interaction Design Foundation)
- Austin UXPA (User Experience Professionals Association)
- AIGA Austin
- STC South Central Texas (Society for Technical Communication)
- Austin Design and Visual Arts Network
- #AustinContent Meetup
- Austin UX Researchers
- Speculative Futures Austin
- Service Design, ATX
- Open Austin
- Action Design ATX
- Hacks/Hackers Austin
- Austin UX/UI/Visual Designers
- Flatiron School
- School of Information
- Department of Art and Art History
- Visual Arts Center
- General Assembly
- Austin Center for Design
- Austin Community College
- Austin Design Week (November 9-13, 2020)
There are lots more design- and art-related and tool-specific meetups in Austin! But, the above are broadly relevant to UX.
🔗 While many of the above meetups are hosting virtual events right now, some other, dedicated, local, online spaces are:
- Black UX Austin Slack
- UX in ATX Slack
- Austin UX LinkedIn group (run by Craig Moser)
- Designer Hangout Slack #local_austin channel
- Refresh Austin Slack #design-talk channel
- UX Book Club ATX Slack
- Design Community Twitter Hours (#dcth) Slack (message Cecy Correa on Twitter for access)
- fresh2design Slack
- AIGA Austin Slack
📕 Then-UXPA president Cory Lebson wrote a nice article about Austin UX for UX Magazine, The Hidden Value of UX Connectors and the Future of Our Community.
📙 The story of Austin UX, some history of the Austin design community, and a call to design better meetups, can be found in the essay Local Communities In Practice and By Design.
🏛 One of the groups studied in that essay, IxDA Austin, ran from March 2009 to August 2018. If you're looking for a classic event, the Wayback Machine should have captures of all that historic design community content, and I have a WARC if anyone is looking to do analysis. Get in touch!
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