This is a collection of thoughts from my own experience with UX events in London, with some inspiration from blog posts from Martin Belam and Matthew Solle who run events out of London IA.
- 1. UXPLOSION!
- Inspirations from the thriving London UX Events Scene
Boon Yew Chew (@boonych) Encampment 2011 2. UX events whats the deal?
- Will it run out of steam?
- What can we learn from this?
3. Who am I?
- Information architect / UX designer in adland
- Changed careers from Dev to UX
- Organises, volunteers, attends & promotes UX events
- Involved with UX events since 2008
Others:: London IA, UX field trips, Start UX, 4. Some facts
- UX is not overtaking the world
- High concentration of UX events in London
- Its not *just* the UPA or London IA
5. Types of UX events (UK)
6. Types of UX events (cont)
- London IA mini conference
8. http://www.kickerstudio.com/blog/2008/12/the-disciplines-of-user-experience/ 9. http://www.flickr.com/photos/formforce/3663684287/ 10.
- The best advice (the only advice) in a community is dont complain, do. Get out there and start organising stuff. The audience has grown and the interest is there. The UX community needs variety and we can give it to them.
http://youtheuser.com/2011/03/10/ux-communities-starting-from-the-beginning-3/ 11. Balance
12. Keeping it healthy
- Low signal to noise ratio
14. Scarcity is good
- Events are usually kept fairly intimate.
- People who really want it chase for tickets.
- Otherwise, wait for the next round.
- If not, roll your own event.
15. Small venues, intimate events
http://www.currybet.net/cbet_blog/2011/03/ux-communities-debate-4.php 16. Autonomy
17. A bit of help goes a long way
- Most events run by individuals or small groups
- Many event veterans who generously offer advice
- People start following others footsteps
- Then encourage others to do so
18. There is no official network
- It frees people to do what they feel is right
- Come and go as you please
- Conversations across multiple channels
- Lowest common denominator
20. There is no right way
This talk was inspired by @solle and @currybethttp://youtheuser.com/2011/03/07/ux-communities-starting-from-the-beginning/