UX events: 10 unmissable workshops, conferences and talks
Usability training, interaction design, design thinking or just plain old UX inspiration. We’ve got the bases covered with these 10 unmissable UX events worldwide through March
There are plenty reasons for attending a UX event over the coming 3 months. Whether you made a UX resolution to brush up your technical skills, improve your professional networks or just want to stay on top of the latest IT trends (tough, but you can try!), there’s a UX event that will cater to your needs. Also, you’ll meet fellow UXers and designers who’ll probably end up inspiring you to work better, or at least differently.
Justinmind has checked out the must-attend upcoming UX events and courses both online and in-person and selected 10 that will take you up until the start of April 2017. From San Francisco to Hong Kong, make a date to attend one of these courses, conferences or workshops. Speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds, including academia, public policy and the corporate sector
UX, Usability and Design Conferences
Awwwards Digital Thinkers Conference London, 2 – 3 February 2017
“2 days, 2 workshops, 20 talks and a historic party”. With a tagline like that, the Awwwards Digital Thinkers Conference is hard to resist. The London event sees speakers such as Adrian Zumbrunnen (the conversational interface guy) and Andrew Herzog, both of Google, take to the podium, as well as consultant Paul Boag and the Signal Noise founders. These talk sessions are complemented by two workshops: “Virtual Reality: Strategy, Storytelling and the evolution of the industry”, and “Data visualisation”. Digital Thinkers ends with the Awwwards prizegiving ceremony and that ‘historic party’ they mentioned, at The Old Library, Guildhall.
Interaction 17, 6 – 8 February 2017
This is IxDA’s 10th conference, and with 1000 design leaders expected to attend it looks like being a bumper outing. This year’s theme of Design in Content asks “how does environment shape interaction, and how should we, as designers, respond?” UXers will be interested in talks such as Daniel Yang’s “Design to Fight Crime and Save Lives”, and “Design-led Cultural Innovation” from Cindy Chastain, Mastercard’s SVP of Global Experience & Design. There are also curated sessions to attend, covering subjects such as conversational AI and Complexity in User Experience.
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UX Hong Kong, 24 – 25 February 2017
UX Hong Kong is a great opportunity for the budding Asian UX community to get together and talk shop. The two day conference comprises 5 talks from UX experts on day One, rounded out with workshop sessions on day two. The talks look eminently practical: the Executive Director of the User Experience Center at Bentley University will discuss “Moving your UX Career to the Next Level”, and Cornelius Rachieru will provide hints on how to defend design decisions in “The Anatomy of a Design Argument”.
Usability Week San Diego, 26 February – 2 March
The Nielsen Norman Group curates 5 whole days of full-day courses with NN Group experts and invited speakers in San Diego. You can attend all 5 days or just one, but there’s only time to attend one course per day so make sure you choose wisely. Topics range from Information Architecture, UI Principles and Usability Testing to Lean UX principles and wireframing and prototyping.
Convey UX, 28 February – 2 March
Seattle’s upcoming Convey UX will see Pacific Northwestern UXers get together for the fifth year running. This year’s event lines up some truly great speakers: Steve Krug will explain why anyone not doing user testing is nuts; Harvard cyborg anthropologist Amber Case will discuss designing ‘calm technology’, or devices that engage our attention appropriately. There are also speed networking sessions and social meet-ups to close out each day.
O’Reilly Design Conference, 20 – 22 March
O’Reilly never fails to provide top-line resources for designers of all stripes; their publications, videos, training sessions and conferences condense news, expertise and creativity in accessible formats. That’s why we’re excited about March’s Design conference in San Francisco. The event promises to “arm designers with the skills, connections, and inspirations to create the products and services of today and tomorrow”; this future-forward vision will be backed up by talks from some of the most influential designers and UXers today. Alan Cooper of Cooper fame, Facebook’s Julie Zhou and IBM Design Lead Desiree Garcia are just some of the bigname speakers. Plus there will be pratical presentations and workshops on topics such as designing voice user interfaces and desgning chatbots that inspire trust.
UX, Usability & UI Design Courses
American Graphics Institute UX Design Class, 20 January (online)
This one day course covers UX design principles from brainstorming to strategy, through UI design for web and apps, and testing principles. Obviously each section is introductory, but the aim of the workshop is to provide a strong basis for further study. You can download the schedule here.
UX Design Immersive Course, 30 January – 7 April (Melbourne)
General Assembly’s 10 week, fulltime course in Melbourne aims to help people become fully-fledged UX Designers in just over 2 months, equipping them with skills, connections to possible employers and a ready-to-go portfolio. The days are a full-on mix of class time and pratical workshops topped off with networking, and the course leaders are an impressive mix of UI/UX Designers and UX Strategists. At $13,500 the course isn’t cheap, but it is wide-ranging and thorough in what it offers.
Human factors training course, 6 – 7 March (Washington DC edition)
Human Factors International run their training courses globally year-round, and in March it’s the turn of Washington DC. The courses train new UXers to become Certified Usability Analysts (CUA), and cover everything from UX foundations to user-centred analysis, UI design for web and mobile, and usability testing.