Is it any good?

I just attended the NNG Usability Week in SF but was a bit disappointed, most of the content was a bit trivial IMO.

  • hey Phil! Have not been but would hope that the content is more advanced that what we received. – colmcq Oct 11 '11 at 10:54
  • Let me know if you (or anyone else around!) makes the trip out and we'll make sure you have .SE stuff. UX may even have a site design and specific UX.se swag by then. Sorry to hear NNg wasn't great. – Katey HW Oct 11 '11 at 13:46
  • Katey: Ok, will do. / colmcq: Welcome back :) – Phil Oct 11 '11 at 14:45
  • i think you should use the jesus pic as the avatar P – colmcq Oct 11 '11 at 15:58
  • haha, the UX jebuz! :P – Phil Oct 11 '11 at 17:46
  • I would love to go, but I would have to pay the grand out of my own pocket, and I can't afford it. :( – Schroedingers Cat Oct 11 '11 at 18:10
  • dude, this one might be worth it; the networking opps are amazing. There are not many folks in UX and its srsly good to get your name known. – colmcq Oct 11 '11 at 21:20
  • ho hum - some great speakers. Lot of money though. Quandry! – Roger Attrill Oct 14 '11 at 16:10
  • you can save up, that's what I did for NNgroup – colmcq Oct 17 '11 at 8:43
  • @KateyΨ - I've gone and done it - I bagged an early bird ticket, so will be going to UX London in April. Once I get over the cost I will be veeerrry excited! :-) – Roger Attrill Oct 17 '11 at 11:26
  • @Roger: Nice :) If I can convince my boss I'll be there too – Phil Oct 17 '11 at 12:50
  • @everyone srsly considering it too – colmcq Oct 18 '11 at 8:23
  • @RogerAttrill awesome! When it gets closer to, I will send a package to you (or your hotel). I visited London in May, and while I had a great time BUT pack a heavier coat than you think you are going to need, I froze the whole time I was there. – Katey HW Oct 18 '11 at 13:49
  • @KateyΨ Great, thanks. I'm actually only an hour's drive from London anyway - but totally agree about the weather here - it's about as predictable as an unpredictable thing :-) – Roger Attrill Oct 18 '11 at 14:11
  • Hahaha yes, agreed. The wind really surprised me - NYC can get cold and windy but it really was substantively different in London. – Katey HW Oct 18 '11 at 14:18

So here I am at UX London 2012. Is it any good? Yehuh! Apart form the lack of wifi at the venue which has not gone unmentioned by a single person here. It should be working - it's just broken, and will probably be fixed the day after we leave. To be honest - maybe it wasn't a bad thing to have people paying attention rather than tweeting every damn word. For those interested - the twitter hashtag for this event is just (oh jeez - I'm borrowing someone's MacBook Air - where's the hash on this thing. Alt-3 in the UK - thank you!) #UXLondon

Today was the first and only day of talks, the next two consisting of workshops. So far we had Bill Buxton, Anders Ramsay, Luke Wroblewski, Kristina Halvorson, Jared Spool, Bill Derouchey, Jon Kolko and a couple of others giving amazing, engaging and inspiring talks that have left me on a real high buzz. I'm hoping that I can compartmentalise all this input in my sleep, because honestly, theres so much I found interesting that I don't think I want to try and distill notes - because I can almost guarantee nearly everything that was said today might be useful at some point in the future - if not the second I get back to work.

Fortunately others have done some of that notetaking already - like Luke Wroblewski who has published his notes on his website:

Harry Brignull: From Print to iPad

Jon Kolko: Social Entrepreneurship

Bill Derouchey: Design with an Opinion

Jared Spool: Mobile & UX A Perfect Storm

Anders Ramsay: Agile UX Rugby

Kristina Halvorson: Content Strategy Roadmap

Bill Buxton: Long Nose of Innovation

Luke Wroblewski's own talk was much along the lines of the chapter on organising mobile content from his book Mobile First - stressing the importance of considering content first and navigation second.

In the bar after the first day, most of the speakers were there - I found myself talking to Luke Wroblewski briefly about the pros and cons of various Q/A forums for UX topics - i.e. like UX.SE and Quora. I'd like to have explored this more but he had to disappear to the UX book club event that was in the same venue.

I had a chat with Stephen Anderson about his workshop tomorrow - the quest for emotional engagement and information visualisation which I'm incredibly excited about as I've always been a proponent of visualisation for conveying ideas, designs, and just about anything to other people.

If the next two days are as inspiring as today I'm going to leave here very happy to recommend this event to others who may be unsure whether it's worth considering next year.

  • No, don't recommend it to others! It's hard enough for us to find tickets for it, we don't need any more competition for places! ;) – JonW Apr 19 '12 at 8:12
  • so jealous.......... – colmcq Apr 19 '12 at 11:35

UX London was awesome. It's inspired me (again) and given me so much confidence that I'm doing all the right things as a UX professional.

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