The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society is an international professional organization for Human Factors Professionals. HFES includes a variety of Human Factors’ resources and information. It also hosts conferences and career resources that can be accessed by members. Students can apply for Student Membership with faculty endorsement for $35/year.
“The HFES’s mission is to promote the discovery and exchange of knowledge concerning the characteristics of human beings that are applicable to the design of systems and devices of all kinds.
In 2016, HFES adopted the following statement: ‘We envision a future in which the reach, relevance, and quality of human factors/ergonomics are greatly expanded by enriching the science and enhancing its impact on solving societal problems by embracing outward-facing collaborations.'”
The Boston Computer-Human Interaction group is a Boston-based professional organization of human factors, interaction designers, and programmers. BostonCHI hosts frequent talks, events, and networking opportunities. Additionally, they have a page for UX-related job postings. Some events and resources require membership which costs $15 / year (or a one-time fee of $150).
“BostonCHI is an organization of professionals from the New England area in the field of Human-Computer Interaction. Our members represent the diverse interests of that field: graphic arts, documentation, usability, psychology, user interface design, human factors, industrial design, ergonomics, computer science, training, education, and many others.”
From their website: “The Boston Chapter of the User Experience Professionals’ Association is a highly active community for persons with individual and professional interests in usability, user experience design, and their many related fields. UXPA Boston is a regional chapter of the User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA).
Membership to UXPA Boston is free. We have over 4,500 members and continue to grow. Our annual conference attracted over 900 attendees in 2016. Join now to attend user experience events, receive job listings, and become part of the vibrant Boston user experience community.”
From their website: IxDA is committed to advancing the practice of Interaction Design. Here’s are just a few of the ways we do that:
- Local groups
- Online community
- Our online forums connect practitioners to learn and share around relevant topics.
- Interaction Design Awards
- To increase understanding and awareness of the field and to promote a standard of excellence, we host annual Interaction Awards presented at Interaction Week. Recent winners included an experimental system to help the blind navigate in the London underground and a mobile app that fights childhood obesity.
- Student Design Challenge
Boston IxDA is a local chapter of IxDA. There is no official website, but there is a LinkedIn group that you can join.
From their website: “The Interaction Design Foundation is a group that seeks to educate Interaction Design professionals and help them learn new and necessary skills at little to no cost. They are an independent non-profit initiative with an objective that sounds like a paradox–to raise the level of global design education to an Ivy League standard, while at the same time reducing costs to as low as possible. We democratize learning by providing top-notch curricular materials, and we aim to strike the perfect balance between academic rigor and practical relevance.”
IDF is a community for interaction design education resources. They have online courses and textbooks.
“IDF -Boston is focused on providing stimulating discussions, insightful information and a community discussion on all things UX.”