Best conference?

14 Aug 2006 - 10:13am
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SusieComet
2006

It's budget time again!! I get to pick one conference. In your expert
opinion, which conference will be the best to attend next year? I am an
interaction designer/ user interface designer. I have attended the Nielsen
Usability conference for the past 2 years, but I'm wondering if CHI 2007
would be a better fit. Any suggestions besides these two?

Thanks!

Susan Patrick
User Interface Designer
The Midland Company
(513) 947-6072

"Design is a process - an intimate collaboration between engineers,
designers, and clients." - Henry Dreyfuss, Industrial Designer

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14 Aug 2006 - 11:11am
Sara Summers
2006

I am a HUGE SXSW interactive fan; http://2007.sxsw.com/interactive/
It might be worth tossing into the running...

Sara Summers
designer
sara at meccabug.com

> It's budget time again!! I get to pick one conference. In your expert
> opinion, which conference will be the best to attend next year? I am an
> interaction designer/ user interface designer. I have attended the
> Nielsen
> Usability conference for the past 2 years, but I'm wondering if CHI 2007
> would be a better fit. Any suggestions besides these two?
>
> Thanks!
>
> Susan Patrick
> User Interface Designer
> The Midland Company
> (513) 947-6072
>

14 Aug 2006 - 11:32am
Dave Malouf
2005

It is really hard to answer this question for anyone without knowing a
lot more information.

Sit down with your manager and discuss your short and long term goals/needs?
The purpose of this is to better understand what your current career
path is, and what you need to get there. You don't need the same thing
every year and sometimes you may not need what you think.

Things you might want to look at instead the usual conferences:
project management training
skills courses at a local university for a semester
going to an inspirational type conference with less or no hands-on stuff
smooze, network, inspiration
This would include stuff like GEL, About For With,
Business skills
GAIN
DMI
More grounding in traditional design
AIGA
IDSA

Now don't get me wrong, CHI2007 is actually lookin' pretty good this
year. But to keep flip floppin' ONLY within the UX world seems not to be
the right strategy. I do like Sarah's suggestion for SXSW. I looked at
the panels and they look really interesting this year. I of course do
feel obligated to throw out there UI11 (presenter) which looks GREAT
especially for an IxD/UID type person. IA Summit is always good, and
then do consider going to a BarCamp or other "unconference" type event.

Again, I think my main point is that it is really hard for anyone to
give you good advice on what conferences to go to, especially since
programs are not close to being set yet even for the early 2007 stuff.
The late '06 stuff though is there and lookin' good.

Other stuff to look out for are ...
FlashForward
Mix '07
eTech

Anyway, no lack of fun out there for those who want it.

-- dave

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