— 1 June 2004 —
Anyone a member of the Design Management Institute?
I’d like to hear from someone who is a member on the benefits of membership. The Web site is all well and good, and filled with much information, but they are selling a product just like other member organizations, and it would be nice to understand the value of DMI from the perspective of someone who has been involved on a personal level.
Actually, this brings up a thought: What professional organizations are you involved in, and do you see continued value if you have been in that organization for a while? I am a member of UPA. I have been a member of STC. Recently I let my membership in CHI lapse. There’s also the up-and-coming IxD of which I have lurking involvement right now.
I remain in UPA because I feel it is a valuable organization. But I also feel, having been to a couple of conferences, that it is oriented toward new usabilityers. There are some issues tackled for those of us who are not newbies, but overall I find the stimulation a bit on the under side.
STC just isn’t up my alley anymore. Web design is still somewhat a technical communication, but I am not a tech writer anymore, and STC is really a group for tech writers/editors.
I let my CHI membership lapse because it is more than I am willing to pay out of pocket, and there are other people in my area that are members, so I still get to read the publications when I have time. I have noticed that CHI is becoming a little more practitioner-based, as opposed to the academic atmosphere that seemed so prevalent only a couple of years ago. Anyone who went to the CHI conference this year want to chime in on that?
So… to which of these listed (or unlisted) do you belong and why?