Professional associations and networks


  • ACM/SIGCHI: Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction
    ACM SIGCHI brings together people working on the design, evaluation, implementation, and study of interactive computing systems for human use. ACM SIGCHI provides an international, interdisciplinary forum for the exchange of ideas about the field of human-computer interaction (HCI).

  • American Society for Information Science and Technology
    Since 1937, the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) has been the society for information professionals leading the search for new and better theories, techniques, and technologies to improve access to information.

  • Interaction: The Human-Computer Interaction Group
    Founded in 1984, Interaction is a specialist HCI group of the British Computer Society. It provides an organisation for all those working on human-computer interaction - the analysis, design, implementation and evaluation of technologies for human use.

  • CHISIG: Computer Human Interaction Special Interest Group
    Located in Australia, CHISIG provides a forum for people working on all aspects of interactive technology; from analysis to design to evaluation and implementation.

  • CM Professionals: A Content Management Community of Practice
    CM Professionals offers a members-only mailing list, a collaborative website, discussion forums, issue-oriented group blogs, knowledge wikis, syndicated web services, a job board, a professional directory and a calendar of face-to-face meeting opportunities.

  • Design and Emotion Society
    The Design and Emotion Society raises issues and facilitates dialogue among practitioners, researchers, and industry, in order to integrate salient themes of emotional experience into the design profession.

  • Guild of Accessible Web Designers (GAWDS)
    An association of organisations and accessible web designers and developers, designed to both promote and protect accessible web design standards.

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
    The Society'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. The Society encourages education and training for those entering the human factors and ergonomics profession and for those who conceive, design, develop, manufacture, test, manage, and participate in systems.

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia
    The Ergonomics Society of Australia (HFESA) is the professional organisation of ergonomists in Australia. Its purpose is to promote the principles and practice of ergonomics throughout the community. It has over 500 members. ESA is one of 36 federated societies worldwide that comprise the International Ergonomics Association (IEA).

  • Information Architecture Institute
    "The Information Architecture Institute (formerly The Asilomar Institute for Information Architecture "AIfIA"') serves to advance the design of shared information environments. We support a global community infrastructure that connects people, ideas, content, and tools. Through research, education, advocacy and community service, we promote excellence within our field and build bridges to related disciplines and organizations."

  • Interaction Design Association (IxDA)
    Originally founded in 2003 as the Interaction Design Group (IxDG), the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) was incorporated as a non-profit, member-supported organization in September 2005. IxDA is committed to serving the needs of the international interaction design community.

  • International Ergonomics Association
    The International Ergonomics Association is the federation of ergonomics and human factors societies from around the world. The mission of IEA is to elaborate and advance ergonomics science and practice, and to improve the quality of life by expanding its scope of application and contribution to society.

  • STC Usability Special Interest Group
    The Usability SIG is a special interest group of STC, the Society for Technical Communication. With over 2500 members from around the world, it is a forum for promoting the practice of usability. Members range from those just starting to incorporate usability techniques into their work to those for whom it is the primary focus of its work.

  • UK Usability Professionals' Association
    The UK Chapter of the Usability Professionals’ Association brings together UK professionals from the design, technology and research communities who share a vision of creating compelling technology that meets users’ needs and abilities.

  • Usability and Accessibility Working Group (UA-WG)
    UA-WG is a collaborative group of accessibility and usability experts, industry leaders and academics who have come together to encourage the spread of inclusive design within the digital economy. As an industry working group, the primary focus is the UA-WG Accessibility Accreditation Scheme (AAS).

  • Usability Professionals' Association
    The UPA supports those who promote and advance the development of usable products, reaching out to people who act as advocates for usability and the user experience. Members come from across the broad family of disciplines that create the user experience. We invite you to network in our community.

Networking communities

  • Convivio Network
    "Convivio is a Thematic network of researchers and practitioners from many backgrounds (computer science, human sciences, design, business) developing a broad discipline of human-centered design of digital systems for everday life. Thematic networks are an instrument of the Information Society Technologies Directorate of the European Union, designed to strengthen scientific and technological excellence on a particular research topic by integrating at European level the critical mass of resources and expertise needed to provide European leadership and to be a world force in that topic. Each network has a mission to spread excellence beyond the boundaries of its partnership, with training being an essential component of this mission."

    An educational organisation providing technical communicators and content managers with resources and tools and providing a forum for collaboration.

  • is a project that brings open source developers and usability experts together.The idea behind is simple: There are many usability experts who want to contribute to software projects. And there are many developers who want to make their software more usable, and - as a consequence - more successful.

  • Semantic World
    Semantic World is a web community dedicated to the use of semantic information management methods in industry. Semantic World will include relevant news and analysis, a comprehensive resource center, and interactive forums for practitioners of semantic methodologies to share experiences, problems, and initiatives.

  • Usability Matters
    A forum dedicated to discussing, improving and promoting the work of the usability and interaction design community in India. Here you can discuss, share and promote the knowledge and awareness of the bad designs, make-do design inventions and feel good concepts.

  • User experience network
    UXnet is dedicated to exploring opportunities for cooperation and collaboration among UX-related organisations and individuals.

  • Web Accessibility Network for Australian Universities
    The Web Accessibility Network for Australian Universities was formed in May 2004. It is an informal group of university people who share a common interest in the network's objectives. Our members include disability policy and support staff, technical staff, academics and students from a range of Australian universities. Our aims include awareness raising, education, providing and directing people to useful resources and information, developing strategies to ensure greater legislative compliance and developing strategies to bring about positive change and improve web accessibility in the university sector.