Design and Usability Conferences 2011

I am hoping to make it to at least a few of these conferences this year.

SXSW South by Southwest Interactive

March 11-15, 2011, Austin, TX

Conference $675 ($1150 for all access)

Flight about $325

Hotel going fast! About 160 per night ($800)

Plus food stipend

Computer Human Interaction 2011

May 7-12, 2011, Vancouver, BC

conference cost $760 ($1360 late and for non-members)

flight about $600,

hotel 239 CAD per night ($1440)

plus food stipend

UPA 2011 , Usability Professionals Association

June 21- 24, 2011, Atlanta Georgia

conference cost $695 ($895 for non-members)

flight about $500,

hotel 173 per night ($692)

plus food stipend

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Mobile UX Essentials

As part of my ongoing mobile UX study, I am coming across many presentations. Here is one by Rachel Hinman, who will be running a workshop at the upcoming IxDA Conference 11 in Boulder Colorado.

This PPT touches on many of the key points of how designing for mobile provides key opportunities to not make the same mistakes we made in the early 90s with the web. Namely: design to what mobile does well: Places, context, temporal and spatial relationships.

I am excited to go to Boulder and hope to attend her workshop.

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Professional Development & Networking

I went to a professional gathering tonight at Bolt Peters for the IxDA SF group. The discussion was Designing Communities of Care Strategic Social Interaction Design in Healthcare

While the talk by Will Evans, Director, Experience Design for Semantic Foundry, was interesting… My interest was also about networking with others in the industry.

As a contractor, I am always interviewing, talking with people and searching for interesting projects to work on.

Sometimes opportunities present themselves in places and in people when you least expect it.

Touch Usability Blog

I had an amazing experience at the Interaction Design Association Conference in Vancouver. The city is amazing and there were several talks and workshops about touch interfaces, gestural input and haptic feedback. These cutting edge technologies are in their infancy and I was lucky to meet and talk with people like Dan Saffer, a founder and principal at Kicker Studio.