Nielsen Norman Group Usability Conference--Ever attended?

2 Mar 2010 - 5:08pm
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John Walker
2009

I am a print guy looking to educate himself further in digital design, user experience etc and am considering attend some days of the Nielsen Norman Group Usability Conference here in NYC (http://www.nngroup.com/events/new_york/agenda.html). Just wondered if anyone had feedback on their conferences--I am new to this, but they seem to be about the best group out there offering this sort of experience. They look great, but I am footing the bill so I thought I would ask around, thanks!

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3 Mar 2010 - 3:12pm
Jamey Baumgardt
2010

I attended the NNG UX conference a few years back and thought it was worth the time and money overall.  However, the individual workshops themselves were hit or miss.  This seemed to depend upon the actual presenters themselves (some seemed very prepared and engaged, and others less so).  It's hard to gauge before-hand though, so it's a bit of a crap shoot.  If you do go, definitely do your homework ahead of time to make better informed decisions around workshops.  Good luck!

3 Mar 2010 - 3:49pm
usabilitymedic
2008

Similar to Jamey, I attended a few years back (in NY).  And my assessment would be about the same.  It's a bit pricey but I was mostly happy with the sessions I attended.  

Funny though, each year when I get the email about the new conferences, I can't seem to justify the price based on the session descriptions....and I live in NY so travel costs would not be hindering me.

3 Mar 2010 - 5:55pm
markhhoff@earth...
2006

As above several year's ago  I attended the NNG UX Conference here in Seattle. The hands-on workshop with Tog Tognazzini was well worth it. Would agree that the presenter's material, knowledge and ability to 'teach' makes all the difference.

4 Mar 2010 - 5:47am
hjfox
2010

I just attended NN/g's Atlanta Usability Week and took Jen Cardillo's "Integrating Social Features on Mainstream Websites." Jen also teaches the IA sessions.  It was a great session, based on NN/g's own research on social features and some selected external research (Forrester CE/Social Media work, Altimeter Group's work, for example). It was a good, focused, pragmatic course--for the $ and the time you invest, I think people new to the topic come away with a good grounding--people with experience have a good discussion of what's working/what's not working and can spark some ideas on what to try next. 

I'd echo what an earlier poster noted--in taking NN/g courses, be choosy about who teaches the session. Try to select a session with a presenter who's done NN/g research in the topic area, or has written NN/g reports on the topic at hand.

26 Mar 2010 - 3:11pm
Leonardo Parra
2008


Hi John,

I suggest you get in touch with our IxDA local group at NYC, they´re pretty active and meet up every month if I´m not mistaken. That´s your best source: people.

Find them here:

Events: http://www.eventbrite.com/org/234824344?s=1427372

Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=1348977

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ixda_NYC




Best,


Leonardo Parra M.F.A.
Profesor Instructor
Departamento de Diseño
Universidad de los Andes
Bogotá, Colombia.
http://design.uniandes.edu.co/



On Wed, Mar 3, 2010 at 11:12 AM, John Walker <contact@ixda.org> wrote:

I am a print guy looking to educate himself further in digital design, user experience etc and am considering attend some days of the Nielsen Norman Group Usability Conference here in NYC (http://www.nngroup.com/events/new_york/agenda.html). Just wondered if anyone had feedback on their conferences--I am new to this, but they seem to be about the best group out there offering this sort of experience. They look great, but I am footing the bill so I thought I would ask around, thanks!

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26 Mar 2010 - 3:11pm
Elisabeth
2009

GO. This man is the GOD of usability. So very much worth the money. The booklets they give you are invaluable, but then again, I am so nerdy, I have been following his work since ninth grade. It's like making a pilgrimage for spiritual renewal, surrounded by people who get it.

I will be attending the next conference myself as well. :)

On Wed, Mar 3, 2010 at 11:31 AM, John Walker <contact@ixda.org> wrote:

I am a print guy looking to educate himself further in digital design, user experience etc and am considering attend some days of the Nielsen Norman Group Usability Conference here in NYC (http://www.nngroup.com/events/new_york/agenda.html). Just wondered if anyone had feedback on their conferences--I am new to this, but they seem to be about the best group out there offering this sort of experience. They look great, but I am footing the bill so I thought I would ask around, thanks!

26 Mar 2010 - 3:11pm
William Hudson
2009

John -

I both taught and attended NN/g's usability weeks in Las Vegas and Berlin a few months back. Naturally, the sessions I presented were excellent, but I was really impressed with the sessions I attended on Agile UX and Personas, as well as Tog's 'web sites that sell' tutorial.

I should just mention that a moderately inexpensive way of attending courses is to go to the annual CHI conference. It was in Boston last year, but somewhat further for you this April, since it's in Atlanta. The charge for the courses is nominal - only $25 whether it's a whole day or one 90-minute session. There is a limit of 5 x 90 minute sessions per attendee, but they dropped that last year to improve numbers.

Having said that, you do have to register for the conference (or at least the days you're attending). Plus the 26 courses are taught by 26 different instructors (more or less) from 26 different institutions (Carnegie Mellon and I tied last year with three courses each), so there are noticeable differences in approach.

See the links at the foot of my signature for further info.

Regards,

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