Presentation with UXPA-KC

Join us for a series of short talks from design and UX professionals about the future of the industry. We'll cover tools, trends, and emerging technologies alongside developing collaboration and design culture with leaders in the local UX community. Speakers include Pamela Porto (Director of Design, Crema), Kelly Furlong (Brand Activation Director, Populous), and Joel Barr (KC-based UX research strategist).

Optional networking happy hour afterwards at Pizza 51.


Outsourced Event 
UX Futures is a special event organized and presented by UXPA-KC for KC Design Week!

We have selected each “outsource” event to deliver something new, something cutting-edge, something unforgettable, and something delightful to add to our schedule. KC Design Week appreciates UXPA-KC for their enthusiastic participation!

These events are presented FREE of charge, but advance registration is REQUIRED.

Pamela Porto

Pamela is an experienced and curious designer with more than 12 years of experience designing and building web and mobile digital products. She takes a holistic view of complex problems to create experiences that meet business and users’ goals, build empathy and empower information accessibility. Pamela is currently the Director of Design at Crema.

Kelly Furlong Holton

Kelly Holton’s design process is influenced by the philosophy that every detail of a space, no matter how big or small, has the power to communicate a brand’s unique story and build connections with visitors. As the Brand Activation Director at Populous, Kelly is responsible for generating wayfinding systems and branded environments for iconic venues like Wrigely Field, Climate Pledge Arena and the new Buffalo Bills NFL stadium. She strives to incorporate the history and uniqueness of a brand organically into a space, while simultaneously delivering innovative experiences that amplify a visitor’s sense of place. Kelly observes and analyzes, looking to the authenticity that already exists in a place, uncovering its unique qualities, identifying the potential for connectivity. Her approach to wayfinding and user experience is driven by an understanding of human behavior and a desire to enhance experiences for fans, students, athletes, staff and visitors throughout the entire user journey. It is the glue which connects a destination, communicating both information and identity, while seamlessly integrating it into the environment.

Joel Barr

Brookside native, Kansas City kid in the beginning. Former homeless man in NYC turned filmmaker turned human factors psychology scientist turned UX Researcher later.  Along the way, also a fishmonger, bartender, bouncer, and Segway tour guide.  Through the crazy twists and turns of life, one thing has remained constant: A Zen-like resilience to land on one's feet, and the conviction to be a steward to those slated to one day take his chair.  A huge Star Wars fanatic, also a painter, plant daddy, and trippy hippie living well out past the golden dune seas of wheat. A decade of experience in UX Research and mentor to many and co-author of "Design Thinking for Software Engineers" due out in Dec. 2023.

UX FUTURES 04.20.23