Design-oriented Conferences for 2007

27 Feb 2007 - 11:29pm
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Nasir Barday
2006

Hi Everyone,

I'm shopping for a conference that will inspire me as a designer. But the
list of the usual UX standbys feels like it's focused on research methods
and tools rather than the actual craft of design. Granted, the best part of
*any* conference I've attended has been the networking, but this year I want
to be immersed in the design portion of what we do.

Ideas?

Here's a list of links to UX-y Conference programs I considered. It's too
late for me to plan for SXSW, and the program for Connecting '07 is too
vague at this point for me to make a decision. But those two are the closest
contenders. I also included links to help out fellow conference hunters.

ACM CHI:
http://chi2007.org/attend/program/ap.php

IA Summit:
http://www.iasummit.org/2007/conferenceProgram.htm

UPA:
http://www.usabilityprofessionals.org/conference/2007/program/index.html

SXSW
http://2007.sxsw.com/interactive/programming/panels/

Connecting '07 (IDSA/ICSD)
http://www.connecting07.org/

IDEA 2007? IDEA Awards? (Mentioned earlier on the list, they have an IxD
category now, with a required research component for all categories-- anyone
know if there's any connection between this and Connecting '07?)

Thanks,
- Nasir

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27 Feb 2007 - 11:41pm
Mike Brown
2007

> Hi Everyone,
>
> I'm shopping for a conference that will inspire me as a designer. But the
> list of the usual UX standbys feels like it's focused on research methods
> and tools rather than the actual craft of design. Granted, the best part
> of
> *any* conference I've attended has been the networking, but this year I
> want
> to be immersed in the design portion of what we do.
>
> Ideas?
>

A plug, and yes it's actually in 2008, and no, we don't have a programme
anywhere near ready yet, but New Zealand in mid-summer has some
advantages, is Webstock <www.webstock.org.nz>

We'll be running a week-long event/conference from Febrauary 11-15 in
Wellington, NZ. To get a flavour of Webstock, last year's conference had
these speakers <http://www.webstock.org.nz/speakers.php>

Mike

28 Feb 2007 - 5:47am
Dave Malouf
2005

On yoru list the only "designy" conference is Connecting07.org
The program is vague b/c they just closed their call for papers. (I
have 2 and my fingers are double crossed.) Given that Bill Moggridge
is Chairing and they have a track for the virtual this might be a good
place for someone who is looking for something different.

This is also a RARE opportunity as it is not really an IDSA
conference, but an international congress for Industrial Design. These
happen every 2 years and its the first time in 22 years its been in
the US. It is at the top of my list this year.

On another note, the DUX2007.org site is up. I was not all that
hopeful about DUX this time around after 2005, but I am again because
Parrish Hanna is one of the chairs. The theme is social-mediation
which I think is too specific and playing off the hype. Most of us
aren't doing that work, though we do all get excited about the whole
Web 2.0 thing.

If you are willing to look for conferences in Europe you might find
some interesting stuff. There is an IxD conference in Germany coming
up with some good folks mentioned on this list already a couple of
times and there is also a conference coming up in June in Sweden that
looks interesting.

On a different conference type designers in the UX space should
definitely consider GEL (Good Experience Live) in NYC.
www.goodexperience.com/gel. It isn't about practice, but rather about
inspiration. There is also a Euro edition in Denmark.

Last year there were a few other Euro conferences like LIFT and SHIFT
that seemed interesting and there was an IxD conference in Italy but I
haven't seen 07 word on these.

Anyway, good luck conference goers.

Oh! I'm going t be at the IA Summit. I'm teaching IxD at a
pre-conference where the proceeds go to IxDA. Learning IxD while
learning how to design RIAs. This is a 1/2 day version of the workshop
that Bill Scott and I have taught twice now at UIE conferences: UI11
and the Web Application Summit to some pretty nice reviews. This one
will be even more focused on designing, and less on defining.

One reason I like the IA Summit so much is that while it is called the
IA Summit and the program looks like it is geared to IAs, the crowd is
all over the UX map. It is definitely a hallway conference that I
enjoy and this year there is going to be a barcamp-like Flex track, so
who knows what's going to happen!

-- dave

28 Feb 2007 - 8:13am
Todd Warfel
2003

I really hope DUX is better this year than last time around. The
first DUX was ground breaking, IMO. Dux '06 was felt like it had been
taken over by CHI, which is fine if you were expecting to go to CHI.
I was gravely disappointed. I'm not 100% convinced I'll go this time
around (especially since I encouraged around a dozen people to go
last time and they were all extremely disappointed as well - didn't
live up to the hype. Sorry, guys).

So, I'll be holding out for a bit before I decide to go to DUX again.
Now, Connecting '07, that's a different story.

On Feb 28, 2007, at 5:47 AM, David Malouf wrote:

> On another note, the DUX2007.org site is up. I was not all that
> hopeful about DUX this time around after 2005, but I am again because
> Parrish Hanna is one of the chairs. The theme is social-mediation
> which I think is too specific and playing off the hype. Most of us
> aren't doing that work, though we do all get excited about the whole
> Web 2.0 thing.

Cheers!

Todd Zaki Warfel
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