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2020 Calgary UX Survey

Thank you for your interest in the 2020 Calgary UX Survey

It is important to clarify that this survey was collected mid-February. By the time of this analysis, we are facing different circumstances. The Calgary UX leadership team supports the guidelines to keep our community healthy. Until further notice, all our activities and events will be online via our slack channel and/or video conference. 

Our community

As the name suggests, the vast majority of the members of our community live and work in Calgary.

70% of our community are Meet-up members, but only half of them have attended an event. The best ways to increase event participation are effective communication of events, easy-to-access locations and covering interesting topics.

We share many members with other Meet-up groups, like Pixel and Pints, Chick Geek and Product Calgary.

Events

UX conferences, hand-on workshops, long format presentations, networking events, and rapid-fire talks are the most popular event formats. And most attractive topics relate to product design, discovery, strategy, and emerging technologies. Social interaction is important, most of the community prefer to meet in person but want the option to join remotely.

Professional experience

We have a wide range of areas of expertise, half of our members are UX Designers, Product Designer, and UX Researchers. The other half is distributed in Graphic, Visual, UI Designers, Software Developer, Product Manager or Product Owner and student or interns.

There is also a very even distribution in professional experience. Our largest professional group (20%), have 3-5 years of experience, while one-third of the community has reached Seniority. This distribution implies great mentorship potential.

Work life

When it comes to the work environment, In-house design (in medium and large corporations) are the most frequent workplaces, followed by client services companies, like agencies, studios or consultancies. Only one out of ten members work in a start-up.

Our largest age segment is 25-34 years, at 37%, and the 35-44 years group represents another 30%.

Members location

Where to you currently live? Choose the nearest city to you.

%

Live in or near Calgary

Top cities (117 responses)
    • Calgary, AB (94.9%)
    • Chestermere, AB (1.7%)
    • Cochrane, AB (0.8%)

Do you work remotely for a company located other than Calgary, AB?

%

Do not work remotely

Summary (117 responses)
  • No    (83.8% )
  • Yes    (9.4%)
  • Both, office and remotely    (1.8%)

Meet-up membership and events

Are you currently a member of the Calgary UX Meetup group on Meetup.com?

%

Yes, I am a meet-up member

Summary (117 responses)
    • Yes (70.1%)
    • No (18.8%)
    • Not sure / Do not remember (11.1%)

Have you ever attended an event put on by Calgary UX?

%

Have attended a Calgary UX event

Top responses (117 responses)
  • Yes    (50.4% )
  • No    (42.7%)
  • Not sure / Do not remember    (6.8%)

Barriers that would most likely prevent you from attending future Calgary UX events?  Choose your top 3

  • Not hearing about the event at all – 74 responses 63% 63%
  • Inconvenient location – 47 responses 40% 40%
  • Not interested in the subject or topic – 46 responses 39% 39%
  • Event is too expensive – 27 responses 23% 23%
  • Event too far away from my workplace – 26 responses 22% 22%
  • Do not feel welcome at the event 9% 9%

What other professional groups or Meetups have you attended in the past year?

  • None of the listed – 43 responses 37% 37%
  • Pixels & Pints – 28 responses 24% 24%
  • Chic Geek – 19 responses 16% 16%
  • Product Calgary – 19 responses 16% 16%
  • HackersNest – 9 responses 8% 8%
  • Calgary Product Design – 8 responses 7% 7%
  • Product Lab – 3 responses 2.6% 2.6%

What kind of events would you like Calgary UX to organize? Choose up to 5.

  • Calgary UX conferences – 65 responeses 56% 56%
  • Hand-on workshops – 64 responses 55% 55%
  • Long format presentations by featured speakers – 63 responses 54% 54%
  • General networking events – 49 responses 42% 42%
  • Rapid-fire talks – 47 responses 40% 40%
  • Hackaton weekends – 31 responses 26% 26%
  • Events in collaboration with other groups – 22 responses 19% 19%

What are your areas of interest within user experience design?

  • Product Design (web, mobile, desktop, games, etc) – 98 responses 84% 84%
  • Discovery and strategy – 85 responses 72% 72%
  • Emerging technologies (AI, AR, VR, IoT…) – 59 responses 50% 50%
  • Inclusive design/accessibility – 50 responses 43% 43%
  • AI/conversational design (chatbots, voice assistants… ) – 30 responses 26% 26%
  • None of the above – 3 responses 2.6% 2.6%

Barriers that would most likely prevent you from attending future Calgary UX events?  Choose your top 3

%

Prefer in person, but want the option to join events remotely

Summary (117 responses)
  • Prefer in person, but want the option to join events remotely  (71.8% )
  • In person only    (23.9.7%)
  • Online or remote only   (4.3%)

Calgary UX Community

Which of the following categories best describes your current area of expertise? If you have many roles, choose the discipline you spend most of your time doing.

%

UX Designer, Product Designer or UX Researcher

Top responses (117 responses)
    • UX Designer, Product designer, UX Researcher (51.3%)
    • Graphic, Visual, or UI Designer (12%)
    • Software Developer (7%)
    • Product Manager or Product Owner (6%)
    • Student or Intern (5%)

How long have you been working in the user experience and product field?

117 responses

%

Not working on UX

%

Student

%

Les than a year

%

1-2 years

%

3-5 years

%

6-9 years

%

10-15 years

%

Over 15 years

How would you describe your level of expertise with user experience? 

117 responses

%

Total newbie

%

Student / Intern

%

Junior

%

Intermediate

%

Senior

%

Expert

%

N/A

What best describes the type of organization you work for?

  • In house (working at a medium – large corporation) 29% 29%
  • Client services company (Agency,studio, or consultancy) 20% 20%
  • Startup or small corporation 13.7% 13.7%
  • Freelance, consulting, contractor or self-employed 12% 12%
  • Government / public sector 7% 7%
  • Academia 5% 5%
  • Currently a student 3% 3%

We’re better together!

Are you interested in being involved with Calgary UX? We’d love some help from community members and local companies. 

  • Helping out on the day of the event – 43 responses 37% 37%
  • Not right now, but ask me later – 40 responses 34% 34%
  • Organizing & planning events – 30 responses 26% 26%
  • Being a speaker / panelist – 27 responses 23% 23%
  • Being a mentor – 27 responses 23% 23%
  • No thanks – 16 responses 14% 14%
  • Social media, marketing and copywriting – 11 responses 9% 9%

Demographics

What is your age?

%

18-24

%

25-34

%

35-44

%

45-54

%

55-64

%

65+

%

Prefer not to say

What is your gender?

117 responses

%

Male

%

Female

%

Prefer not to say

Do you identify as a member of a visible minority in Canada?

117 responses

%

No

%

Yes

%

Prefer not to say