state of the union

Mike and I came up with the idea of mkeUX a few months ago. We were both working at a company we’ve since left, and we were bursting at the seams with energy. We wanted to learn more so we could do more.

What is came down to was that we were sick of each others’ voices, I think. We wanted to hear what others in the city had to say. To find out what they were thinking. What makingtheir seams burst.

So we started the group. Contacted people. Got the ball rolling.

We had no idea what to expect. UX in Milwaukee has always seemed so segmented. It was like most UX practitioners and sympathizer were living in studio apartment-sized caves with all lines of communication to the outside world cut.

We wanted to reconnect people. Make things better, more vibrant, more fun.

The response so far has been overwhelming. Not to mention humbling.

Here’s the thing – we don’t want to own this baby. It belongs to all of us. If we’re doing things shittily or stupidly, we want to hear about it. If you have ideas for topics or presenters, lay it on us. Please!

We’re really grateful for everyone who has come to our first two meetings. And who has spread the word about what we’re doing. We’re still working out a lot of organizational kinks, so we’re happy you’re sticking by our side as we figure out what they hell we’re doing.

Our goal is to keep the meetings free and collaborative. That’s the only way we’re all going to learn more, which will help us do what we do even better.

Wouldn’t it be cool if people outside of Milwaukee started to notice the ripples our growing UX knowledge makes on the work we produce? If they started saying, Woah! Little ole Milwaukee really has its shit together. Who knew?

Our next meeting is next Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at Bay View Brew Haus (directions), 7pm.

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03. August 2010 by Michael Seidel
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