October 17 meetup: Breaking into UX

When: Monday, October 17, 6:30pm
Where: Irish Pub, 2nd floor (124 N Water St)
Cost: FREE!
RSVP: Here (note: you are not required to RSVP to attend. Feel free to just show up!)

In the 7 years of mkeUX’s existence, we’ve had the distinct pleasure of watching the UX discipline grow and gain wide influence. It’s been an exciting ride. And there’s no end in sight – more and more UX jobs flood the market daily.

We know from talking to hundreds of UX practitioners and UX hopefuls over the years that getting started in the field can be intimidating. Often, people are worried they’re not qualified for jobs, or worse, they’re afraid that a job in UX is insurmountable based on their background or lack of experience.

This usually isn’t true. Not at all.

This roundtable will tackle the issue of breaking into UX. We’ve assembled a crack team of UX minds to discuss that various ways to get into the field or grow your expertise once you’ve done so.

We’ll break down the sub-disciplines under the UX umbrella (UX is not just visual design, you know) and generally have a very frank discussion about UX.

This meeting will appeal to:

  • Students
  • Recent graduates
  • Career changers
  • UX people looking to diversify their skillset

Back by popular demand, Steve Grobschmidt will moderate.


joeJoe Elmendorf – I architect places made of information. I use strategic ignorance, patient listening, and concept models to understand complexity and represent it clearly. I focus on defining and gaining agreement on what should be before figuring out how to make it be.




maryMary Johnston is a Milwaukee-based UX designer and creative director. She first came to Milwaukee in 2010 to pursue a Masters Degree from the School of Information Studies at UW-Milwaukee and after she was finished she liked it here so much she decided to stick around. She’s been working with the Madison-based agency Noble Applications since 2013.



rachelRachel Krause is a UX/UI Designer at Centare in Brookfield, creating web and mobile experiences on scrum teams. She is an advocate for keeping the UX process lightweight and collaborative. Prior to getting into the UX world, she started her career as a graphic designer.




nicoleNicole Madison – For the past 4 years, I’ve been a user experience designer at Johnson Controls designing building efficiency software. Previous to working at Johnson Controls I worked for over 15 years as a graphic designer within a few marketing agencies in Milwaukee. My undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Milwaukee. Currently, I’m pursuing a Master’s degree in User Experience Design from Kent State University and expect to graduate summer 2017.



coreyCorey Poquette – Corey has spent 13 years developing and designing user interfaces. Currently a UX Architect & Strategist for Johnson Controls (JCI), Corey leads the creation of industry-changing user experiences for JCI’s Building Efficiency products. In his free time, Corey enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, running marathons, smoking various meats as well as being a rabid Green Bay Packers fan.

09. September 2016 by Michael Seidel
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