On Mar 27, 2009, at 2:08 PM, J. Ambrose Little wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 27, 2009 at 9:07 AM, Richard Dalton <richard at mauvyrusset.com > >wrote: > >> I personally would much prefer to go to a 5 day, 1500 person UX >> conference >> jointly sponsored >> by ASIS, IAI and IxDA than 3, 500 person conferences. >>
But there are benefits to targeted conferences. Consider that
Interaction08 and 09 often had 3-4 tracks of *interaction design*
content going at a time. At a general conference, you're likely to get
one track. Out of necessity at a general conference, that track will
have to appeal to a wide audience (the 500 people who came for IxD
content), and you won't get some of the deeper (and frankly, more
niche) topics you'll get at a targeted conference that only have to
appeal to a 100 or so people in a single session.
Just to pick a random example from I09:
Sketching haptic and multimodal interaction, Camille Moussette
Design for Life by Identifying the Lifecycle of an Experience, German
Surviving a Design Review, Charles Kreitzberg
Tailored Interactions, Simon King
Same deal with the workshops. Same deal with the keynotes.