Each month we host an event on a subject related to UX and user-centered design. You do not need to be a member of UXPA International to attend. Unfortunately we are unable to offer discounts for UXPA International members at this time.

Upcoming Events

Networking & Happy Hour

August 19th, 2020 – Online – 4-5pm

Make new connections, share resources and talk UX!


Improving Roadway UI/UX with Smart Infrastructure

August 2oth, 2020 – Online – 12-1:00pm

Explore ways technology can help improve roadway experiences and unlock new business opportunities


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Past Events

Growing and Sustaining a Design Career

July 8th, 2020 – Online Seminar + Q&A

In this workshop, Michael Eckersley—founder of HumanCentered—will help you figure out how your own set of talents, skills, gaps, sensibilities and lessons learned can exploit all the options presented to you and help you build your core stock as a designer. 


The Magic of Semantic IxD

July 13th, 2020 – Online Seminar + Q&A

This lecture introduces Professor Rosenberg’s new book titled UX MAGIC, which explores how designers can more effectively transform product requirements into rich experiences. You’ll learn how to maximize the efficacy of your design so that it uses the smallest number of screens and minimum number of flow steps.


(How) Does Fiction Inform Design?

June 26th, 2020 – Online Seminar + Q&A

What films or fiction inform the design work you do, and why might that matter? Dr. Aaron Long’s presentation will offer you a chance to take stock of the fiction inputs to your work and consider the ways that popular narratives about “the future”—which are designed things themselves—are contributing to design work, for better or for worse. 


Decoding Web Accessibility

May 26, 2020 – Online Seminar + Q&A

Accessibility in design is important because everyone should have equal access to use the vast educational, community, job, and entertainment opportunities available through the internet. Expand your knowledge of accessibility design and best practices with Andrew Patterson—software developer for Emfluence—in this hour long seminar and Q&A.


A Design Sprint Workshop

April 24, 2020 – Crema

A 90 minute workshop from Justin Mertes of Crema in Kansas City centered on understanding Design Sprints, structuring conversation, and equipping to better leading teams in problem solving. Due to COVID-19 this event may move to an online platform. If you’ve already registered, hang tight and we’ll get in touch with you before the event.


Designing for Unhappy Paths

Jan 21, 2020 – Cerner

Accounting for unhappy paths in the beginning of the design process will create a more robust experience and build loyalty with your users. In this talk, Lauren Bock—Senior UX Designer with Cerner—will provide methods of integrating this thinking into implementation. She will cover best practices for alerts, errors, and other communication strategies using elements such as language and tone, color, timing, context, recovery, escape, and more.


Implementing a Scorecard System to Increase User-Centric Maturity

November 12, 2019 – Dimensional Innovations

Most user-centric maturity models point to incremental stages of maturity within an organization, but few describe methods/tactics to increase it. In this session, you’ll discover a scorecard system to help assess user experience research and measurement efforts of each product team by using a rating scale across three user-centric elements.


Intro to Future Casting

October 22, 2019 – Valorem Reply

As change accelerates in the world around us, so does uncertainty. Using a futurecasting sprint, we can draw on the skills of futures thinking, emotional design and diegetic prototyping to explore imaginary new worlds we can design for. Jon’s talk will stretch your ideas of design thinking, widening our understanding of the possible and promoting more informed decision-making through a future lens.


Wayfinding Design & User Centered Strategy

September 24, 2019 – Populous

Have you ever wondered what goes into designing navigation signage for large entertainment venues? Join UXPA-KC and Populous’ Senior Designer Jonathan Mugmon for an inside look at the intersection of psychology, place, information and navigation for some of the worlds most complex built places. Jonathan uses the UX design process as a framework for analyzing customer needs and experiences in the built environment.


Bree Walter on UXPA International

August 28, 2019 – H&R Block

Join UXPA-KC and Bree Walter from H&R Block for a recap of the 2019 UXPA International Conference in Scotsdale, AZ. Bree will share news from the International stage, plus recaps of key speakers.


Accessibility (and what I learned from a trip to get Thai food)

June 4, 2019 – Valorem Reply

Creating accessible solutions is not only required, but it is the right thing to do. Together we can increase UI consistency and help ALL of our users. This talk is relevant for UX and roles to understand better accessibility needs and how to create a better experience for every user.


Panel Discussion at H&R Block

April 2, 2019 – H&R Block

Learn about effective team collaboration in the middle of change and growth, network with professionals at H&R Block and find new insights to help you thrive in your teams.


Brainsteering Workshop

March 5, 2019 – VMLY&R

Join UXPA Kansas City on March 5th for a Brainsteering workshop led by Andy Clark, Executive Director, Experience Design at VMLY&R. Andy will guide us through a Brainsteering session that eliminates the counterproductive elements of brainstorming, and amplifies your team’s creative collaboration to produce better ideas faster.


Happy Hour!

February 5, 2019 – Boulevard Beerhall

Join us for happy hour conversations and networking! We want to hear what you’re doing in UX, share news from the KC Chapter and find out how we can support you.


Running Enterprise Design Sprints

January 7, 2019 – C2FO

Design sprints – they’ve been a buzz-worthy topic for the last few years, but it seems like there are still a lot of questions around how to practically run them in the enterprise setting. Scott Johnson, a UX professional with years of experience who currently works at Cerner, will speak about running design sprints in an enterprise setting.


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