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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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Uxplosion! Inspirations from the thriving London UX events scene

  1. 1. UXPLOSION! <ul><li>Inspirations from the thriving London UX Events Scene </li></ul>Boon Yew Chew (@boonych) Encampment 2011
  2. 2. UX events – what’s the deal? <ul><li>How did this happen? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it just a fad? </li></ul><ul><li>Will it run out of steam? </li></ul><ul><li>What’s in it for people? </li></ul><ul><li>What can we learn from this? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Who am I? <ul><li>UX event junkie :: </li></ul><ul><li>Information architect / UX designer in adland </li></ul><ul><li>Changed careers from Dev to UX </li></ul><ul><li>Organises, volunteers, attends & promotes UX events </li></ul><ul><li>Involved with UX events since 2008 </li></ul>Others:: London IA, UX field trips, Start UX,…
  4. 4. Some facts <ul><li>UX is not overtaking the world </li></ul><ul><li>High concentration of UX events in London </li></ul><ul><li>It’s not *just* the UPA or London IA </li></ul><ul><li>It’s not all free </li></ul>
  5. 5. Types of UX events (UK) <ul><li>Presentation-based </li></ul><ul><li>London IA </li></ul><ul><li>UK UPA </li></ul><ul><li>The Research Thing </li></ul><ul><li>Lightning UX </li></ul><ul><li>Agile UX </li></ul><ul><li>Activity-based </li></ul><ul><li>UXDO </li></ul><ul><li>UX sketch club </li></ul><ul><li>UX field trip </li></ul><ul><li>UX retreat </li></ul><ul><li>UX bootcamp </li></ul><ul><li>Design Jam </li></ul><ul><li>Global service jam </li></ul>
  6. 6. Types of UX events (cont’) <ul><li>Discussion-based </li></ul><ul><li>UX book club </li></ul><ul><li>Start UX </li></ul><ul><li>UX show and tell </li></ul><ul><li>Socials </li></ul><ul><li>IA at the pub </li></ul><ul><li>UK UPA picnic </li></ul><ul><li>South London UX picnic </li></ul>Conferences <ul><li>UX London </li></ul><ul><li>UX People </li></ul><ul><li>UXCampLondon </li></ul><ul><li>CS Forum </li></ul><ul><li>London IA mini conference </li></ul>
  7. 7. Variety <ul><li>Inspiration #1 </li></ul>
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  10. 10. <ul><li>The best advice (the only advice) in a community is “don’t 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. </li></ul><ul><li>Martin Belam, </li></ul><ul><li>London IA </li></ul>
  11. 11. Balance <ul><li>Inspiration #2 </li></ul>
  12. 12. Keeping it healthy <ul><li>Low signal to noise ratio </li></ul><ul><li>Strong core group </li></ul><ul><li>Interested outsiders </li></ul><ul><li>Focused on needs </li></ul>
  13. 13. Momentum <ul><li>Inspiration #3 </li></ul>
  14. 14. Scarcity is good <ul><li>Events are usually kept fairly intimate. </li></ul><ul><li>People who really want it chase for tickets. </li></ul><ul><li>Otherwise, wait for the next round. </li></ul><ul><li>If not, roll your own event. </li></ul><ul><li>Rinse and repeat. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Small venues, intimate events <ul><li>Less demanding </li></ul><ul><li>Cheaper </li></ul><ul><li>More predictable </li></ul><ul><li>… and more popular! </li></ul>
  16. 16. Autonomy <ul><li>Inspiration #4 </li></ul>
  17. 17. A bit of help goes a long way <ul><li>Most events run by individuals or small groups </li></ul><ul><li>Many event “veterans” who generously offer advice </li></ul><ul><li>People start following others’ footsteps </li></ul><ul><li>Then encourage others to do so </li></ul>
  18. 18. There is no official network <ul><li>It frees people to do what they feel is right </li></ul><ul><li>Come and go as you please </li></ul><ul><li>Conversations across multiple channels </li></ul><ul><li>Lowest common denominator </li></ul>
  19. 19. Community <ul><li>Inspiration #5 </li></ul>
  20. 20. There is no right way <ul><li>Just get up and do it. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Thanks! <ul><li>#1 Variety </li></ul><ul><li>#2 Balance </li></ul><ul><li>#3 Momentum </li></ul><ul><li>#4 Autonomy </li></ul><ul><li>#5 Community </li></ul><ul><li>@boonych </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>This talk was inspired by @solle and @currybet