Uxplosion! Inspirations from the thriving London UX events scene

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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.

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1. UXPLOSION! Inspirations from the thriving London UX Events Scene Boon Yew Chew (@boonych) Encampment 2011 2. UX events whats the deal? How did this happen? Is it just a fad? Will it run out of steam? Whats in it for people? What can we learn from this? 3. Who am I? UX event junkie :: 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 Its not all free 5. Types of UX events (UK) Presentation-based London IA UK UPA The Research Thing Lightning UX Agile UX Activity-based UXDO UX sketch club UX field trip UX retreat UX bootcamp Design Jam Global service jam 6. Types of UX events (cont) Discussion-based UX book club Start UX UX show and tell Socials IA at the pub UK UPA picnic South London UX picnic Conferences UX London UX People UXCampLondon CS Forum London IA mini conference 7. Variety Inspiration #1 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. Martin Belam,London IA http://youtheuser.com/2011/03/10/ux-communities-starting-from-the-beginning-3/ 11. Balance Inspiration #2 12. Keeping it healthy Low signal to noise ratio Strong core groupInterested outsiders Focused on needs 13. Momentum Inspiration #3 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. Rinse and repeat. 15. Small venues, intimate events Less demanding Cheaper More predictable and more popular! http://www.currybet.net/cbet_blog/2011/03/ux-communities-debate-4.php 16. Autonomy Inspiration #4 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 19. Community Inspiration #5 20. There is no right way Just get up and do it. 21. Thanks! #1 Variety #2 Balance #3 Momentum #4 Autonomy #5 Community @boonych [email_address] This talk was inspired by @solle and @currybethttp://youtheuser.com/2011/03/07/ux-communities-starting-from-the-beginning/