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Professional Organizations

There are many professional organizations with an interest in usability. Alongside the UPA (creators of this site) you can also find your peers in the following areas:

HCI and Human Factors


Usability Professionals' Association International

UPA supports people who research, design, and evaluate the user experience of products and services. Many local chapters around the world.


Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Theory, principles, data, and other methods applied to design to optimize human well-being and overall system performance


Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction

Human technology and human-computer interaction (HCI)


AIS Special Interest Group on Human-Computer Interaction

Human-computer interaction (HCI) for business information systems

The British HCI group

The British HCI group

Analysis, design, implementation and evaluation of technologies for human use

The Ergonomics Society

The Ergonomics Society

Application of scientific information concerning humans to the design of objects, systems and environment for human use.


International Ergonomics Association

Federation of ergonomics and human factors societies


Internet Technical Group

Internet technologies and related behavioral phenomena


Technical Communication and Information Design


Society for Technical Communication


Advancing the arts and sciences of technical communication


STC Usability and User Experience


Usability and usability assessment of technical communication

STC Information Design SIG

STC Information Design and Architecture SIG


Application of design principles to translating complex, unorganized, or unstructured data into valuable, meaningful information, combining skills in areas including graphic design, writing and editing, instructional design, human performance technology, and human factors.


Professional Communication Society of IEEE


Understanding and promoting effective communication in engineering, scientific, and other technical environments


ACM Special Interest Group for Documentation


Teacher, researcher, or practitioner of technical communication, computer science, user interface design


Information Architecture and Design


AIGA Experience Design


Organizational connection and communication, understanding people, in ways useful for business and design, and conceive, envision, and inform what products, services, and communications to make.


Interaction Design Association


Defines the structure and behaviors of interactive products and services and user interactions with those products and services


The Information Architecture Institute


The art and science of organizing and labeling web sites, intranets, online communities, software, and hardware controls to support usability and findability.


Association for Computing Machinery special interest group on computer graphics and interactive techniques


Promote the generation and dissemination of information on computer graphics and interactive techniques


International Institute for Information Design


Design of visual information


American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) Special Interest Group Information Needs Seeking and Use (USE)


People's behavioral and cognitive activities as well as their affective [many people don’t know what this means – should we use a synonym (emotional) ?] states as they interact with information


American Society for Information Science and Technology Special Interest Group Information Architecture


Art, science, and business of organizing information so that it makes sense to people who use it


American Institute of Graphic Arts


Includes book and type design, communication design, interaction design, experience design and motion graphics.


Design Management Institute


To advocate the economic and cultural importance of design, and to make accessible a body of knowledge on design effectiveness in business


Industrial Designers Society of America


Creating and developing concepts and specifications that optimize the function, value and appearance of products and systems for the mutual benefit of both user and manufacturer


Training and Human Performance


International Society for Performance Improvement


Improving productivity and performance in the workplace


American Society for Training and Development


Workplace learning and performance professionals


Software Development and Project Management


Association for Computing Machinery


Advancing the skills of information technology professionals and students worldwide


The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society


Provider of technical information, community services, and personalized services to the world's computing professionals


Project Management Institute


Project management professionals worldwide


American Society for Quality


Advances learning, quality improvement, and knowledge exchange to improve business results, and to create better workplaces and communities worldwide


International Federation for Information Processing


Umbrella organization for national societies working in the field of information processing.


 American Society for Information Science & Technology


New and better theories, techniques, and technologies to improve access to information

Other Societies


Marketing Research Association


Your link to a world of powerful resources


The Product Development and Management Association


Resources for professional development, information, collaboration and promotion of new product development and management.


American Psychological Association -


Professional and scientific organization for psychologists in the USA.  [note that there is probably an international organization but I’m not up on that.]

 APA Division 21

APA Division of Applied and Experimental and Engineering Psychology


The division of APA that focuses on applied experimental and engineering psychology research to improve the ability of humans to operate more effectively in a technological society.


Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility


A public interest group that is concerned about the impact of technology on people.


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