UI Design Events
Believe it or not each year there is a circuit of design events that span the globe. Inside you can find information about these events as well as intended audiences.
It’s my favorite time of the year! Only one more month to SXSW Interactive 2011.. It’s time for networking, sharing, exploring the cutting edge of user experience, design, new technologies, and so much more. Believe it or not it’s the conversations in the hall that can be the best part of SXSW 2011. Let’s take a look at some of my currently planned schedule and talk a little bit about the venue this year.
First off the panel picker was vastly improved and the design makes it a lost easier to sift through 1000+ panels. Now if the titles would just accurately depict what the panels are about the experience would be a bit more pleasant. There is a lot in a name, but some of these panels I really can’t make heads or tails about what the talks will be about.
Tomorrow kicks off the two day conference event here in Dallas. This will be the second year of the Big D Design Conference. A host of speakers and tracks are available covering several tracks on social media, social strategy, user experience design, and coding and development. This year also brings back the workshop track which is my personal favorite. The small crowd size allows for some really nice interaction with the entire group. I will also have several of my friends there so it looks to be a great time.
The day has started and it’s been a crazy morning. Stephen Anderson a local Dallas person, is ready to speak. I’ve seen the presentation online. I think it’s much better in person the nuances you get from the live version is well worth it. Stephen will be speaking at Big D in may.
Usability? Meh. Let’s talk about persuasion. Are you designing serendipity, arousal, rewards and other seductive elements into your applications? We’ll discuss specific ways that sites like Dopplr, iLike and LinkedIn leverage basic human psychology to motivate and shape online behaviors.
Today my schedule is jam packed. I’ll be attending several workshops to explore some new approaches to rapid design. You can follow me on twitter to get a ton of new resources and supplemental information.
I’ve arrived at SXSW for year 4 of coverage. You never know what I’ll be posting next. . This year I may actually introduce some video interviews, and some other fun items. Stay tuned for pictures and my own insights from the panels at SXSW 2010. There is a lot of fun information coming out of SXSW 2010, so stay tuned!
Social Media Panel:
The first panel attended was quite packed. I took my see near the front and proceeded to unpack all my devices. So let’s talk a little about social media.
If I had to classify this panel it was heavily focused on social media 101. What was nice about this was they went beyond all the hype media and focused on some of the other channels. Yes, there are other channels to social media. I teach people this all the time.
Last night was my little get together of UI Designers. It was smaller than I had hoped but there was still a lot of interesting conversation. This morning I was working in the hall when I stopped Robert Hoekman to say hi. I figure I should, since in about 1 hour I’m heading off to his panel at the Hilton “The 7 Rules of Great Wep Application Design. It should be a great presentation.
SXSW is nearly upon us. This year I plan to keep track of my ideas, brainstorms, visions, goals, and whatever else pops into my head over on my discussion forums. You can feel free to read or submit ideas or even keep track of your own. Trust me if you don’t write an idea down quick you will loose it! Here are some ways you can keep a tab on things going through my head while at SXSW
This will be my 3rd year attending SXW and every year is different experience. There is just so much information to gain you will be exhausted. If you aren’t exhausted. You are doing something wrong. Here are some tips I put together to prepare you before heading out to the event. If you find any of these helpfull drop me a note or say hi at the event. I will not bite. I may talk your leg off for a few hours!