From San Francisco to Melbourne, Justinmind has rounded up the best user experience events, conferences and workshops over the Summer 2016 season. Agendas at the ready!
For UX professionals looking to improve their skills, their resume or their networks, attending user experience events can be a great strategy. Making an effort to attend events locally or nationally gives UXers access to user and customer experience influencers, ensures that they’re up to date with the latest disruptive technologies and, most importantly, provides valuable UX inspiration.
However, with so many great events out there, how do you know which one is right for you? Here at Justinmind we’ve been to our fair share of digital and tech events, so we decided to bring you a top 10 of unmissable user experience talks, workshops and conferences worldwide, from Australia to the US, happening in Summer 2016.
Generate San Francisco, 15 July 2016
For its first San Francisco outing, Generate is aiming to pack as much practical UX information as possible into just one day. The eight expert talks will focus on subjects such as “Design Sprints for Start-Ups” and the Internet of Things, and will be broken up with two workshops lead by eCommerce platform Shopify and prototyping tool Webflow. Look out for talks by Mule founder Mike Monteiro, who will examine the power of ordinary people in great UX, and open-web engineer Lyza Danger Gardner, who will talk on web design in the future, and examine why “everyone else is so clever”.
UX Week, San Francisco, 9-12 August 2016
UX Week, now in its fourteenth iteration, is one of the top events of the whole calendar year for user experience professionals. It’s the speaker line-up that is most impressive: for four days in San Fran’s Hyatt Regency, the event will host the likes of UX Strategist Jaime Levy, Adaptive Path founder Jesse James Garrett, FitBit Director Katy Mogal, and that’s just for starters. We’re excited about the “Prototyping as a Craft” workshop from Capital One‘s Chris Risdon, which will investigate how to tell the story of your designs with prototypes that “map out the experience across digital, physical and service touchpoints”.
Prototypes, Process and Play, Chicago, 11-12 August 2016
Chicago-based Prototypes, Process and Play takes a holistic approach to UX design and implementation. The two-day, single-track event is focused on design leaderhsip, and insights will be provided by design experts, mentors, and coaches from various backgrounds. VP of Engineering at Slack, Michael Lopp, will talk on the power of writing to forge social connections; and Google’s Design Lead Katherine Walker will talk about the importance of constant evolution in good design.
UX Australia, Melbourne, 23-26 August 2016
Australia is one of the fastest growing locations in terms of UX opportunities, and Melbourne’s UX Australia is well placed to take advantage of the industry boom. The four day conference focuses on “everything UX”, devoting two days to workshops and two to conference talks, as well as holding a range of social activities. Don’t miss Google Australia’s Hendrik Müller giving the workshop “A Practical Introduction to User Experience Research”, and Ollie Campbill’s intriguingly titled “A 45 minute talk on designing a single button”.
UX Strategy and Prototyping Workshop with Jaime Levy, San Francisco, 25th August 2016
UX expert Jaime Levy will be working with the Justinmind team in this upcoming workshop on designing innovative concepts into your prototypes. Industry insider and Founder of enterprise-focused agency JLR Interactive, Jaime will lead the workshop and offer insights on how UI and UX practitioners, product teams and managers, business execs and startup founders can upgrade their strategic processes and practices. The workshop is fully hands-on: using a made-up value proposition, attendees will learn about strategic design making in UX, and then participants will storyboard their apps. The best idea will be trasnformed into a prototype by us here at Justinmind during the workshop, demonstrating how prototypes reduce costs and rework during software development projects.
Find out more about the workshop here!
An Event Apart, Chicago, 29-31 August 2016
Billed as “three days of intense focus on digital design, UX, and more”, An Event Apart aims to fit a lot into its scheduling. On the roster are talks from speakers as varied as Perch co-Founder Rachel Andrew, Simply Accessible Founder Derek Featherstone, and Eric Meyer, author of CSS: The Definitive Guide. Design-focused UXers might want to check out Brad Frost’s full-day session on atomic design, which will look at making and maintaining successful interface design systems.
Big Design Conference, Addison Texas, 8-10 September 2016
Since 2008 the Big Design Conference has been bringing UXers, usability professionals, designers of all stripes, digital marketers, content strategists and digital developers together. The 2016 line-up is yet to be confirmed, but previous speakers include such UX luminaries as Jared Spool, Rahel Ann Baley and Elizabeth Rosenzweig. Keep an eye on the website for speaker and schedule updates.
MOBX Mobile UX, Berlin, 9-12 September 2016
Over to Europe for one of Summer’s final UX events, MOBX, which focuses on small screen Interaction Design and usable interfaces on smart devices. Aimed at everyone with an interest in UX, interfaces and interactions in a mobile context, the conference speakers will address the big question surrounding mobile today: is there actually no such thing as a mobile device and just, as some claim, a ‘mobile context’? Watch out for key talks by C. Todd Lombardo, Chief Design Strategist at Fresh Tilled Soil, and Alla Kholmatova, Interaction Designer at FutureLearn.
EuroIA, Amsterdam, 22-24 September 2016
As one of Europe’s foremost Information Architecture and User Experience conferences, EuroIA is an unmissable mash-up of talks and workshops that take a wide-angle perspective on UX, from Edinburgh Napier Professor Allister Duff’s take on connectivity and human development, to an examination of IA strategy and structure with Jorge Arango. The event is based around the theme “Connected Things Amongst Us”, so expect a thorough look at communication and connectivity in the round.
Talk UX, Atlanta Georgia, 30th September 2016
Lots of events market themselves as “something completely different”, but TalkUX actually lives up to the hype. Organized by Ladies Who UX, an “international community of creative, inspiring women who work in UX design”, the Atlanta event will celebrate the work of women in the industry. While the event only lasts one day, there will still be a plethora of inspiring speakers and industry influencers in action, sharing their thoughts on all things UX, from research to data schema. Yes, it’s organized by ladies, but don’t worry – gentleman are welcome. Plus Justinmind is sponsoring the event, offering 5 perpetual Justinmind licenses to be won in the TalkUX raffle. Don’t miss it.