In the past ten years, the importance of interactivity and UX has grown exponentially in the technological space. With this greater importance, there is a wide variety of individuals looking to collaborate and advance their crafts into better experiences and products for everyone. A few times per year, there are unique events that pool together some of these great minds. While there are many UX events out there, here are some of the notable ones that we think everybody should consider attending.
The craft of design is in an exciting place right now. Designers have finally earned their seat in the corner office, but at the same time the dynamic within the industry is changing rapidly and constantly. IXDA raises the question of where it goes next in design, for professionals, consultants, and enterprises. Previously held in San Francisco, Interaction 16 is moving overseas to the country of Finland this year!
Mark your calendar: March 2nd - 4th | Helsinki, Finland
The IA Summit brings together the world’s most prestigious gathering of information architects, user experience designers, content strategists, and all those who work to create and manage information spaces. This is where the community gathers to refine our craft, solve problems, and break new ground. Attendees include industry leaders, mid-weights, and juniors alike - arriving as guests, leaving as friends, and sharing in this celebration of IA practice and culture.
Mark your calendar: May 4th - 8th | Atlanta, GA
An Event Apart
Ah, it is so nice having an important UX conference right near us here in Boston. If you care about code as well as content, and usability as well as design, An Event Apart is the conference you’ve been waiting for. If Boston doesn’t work out for you, there are also conferences in Seattle, Nashville, Washington, Chicago, Orlando, and San Francisco.
Mark your calendar: May 16th - 18th | Boston, MA
As the home of major companies like Amazon, Microsoft, and Moz, Seattle is a perfect place to bring together UX experts from all around the world. Past conferences have featured thought leaders from Google and and GE, so you can expect incredible talent at this conference. Don’t forget – this conference is tied to an organization with a 20+ year history in the field and calls some of the best and brightest members.
Mark your calendar: May 31st - June 3rd | Seattle, WA
Design professionals from all over the world gather for four days of community, inspiration, and skills building. Now in its 13th year, UX Week delivers new tools you can put to use immediately. Last year’s conference featured Adam Savage as one of their speakers, who is commonly most known for his role in The Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters.
Mark your calendar: August 9th - 12th | San Francisco, CA
The AIGA Design Conference is doing it big this year, bringing everybody together under the bright lights of Las Vegas. Considered to be the biggest event for creatives, the design community comes together for provocative speakers, nightly networking receptions, live competitions, exhilarating exhibitions, innovative professional development sessions, and face-to-face roundtables with your design heroes.
Mark your calendar: October 17th - 19th | Las Vegas, NV