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Conferences you would (or would not) recommend?

over 4 years ago from , Visual Designer

Half of 2017 has passed and with it a lot of great conferences I could have attended (well, maybe one at least).

There are lots of lists with UX & Design conferences, but the quality often differs a whole lot. Lacking conference-experience, I'm very curious to know which conferences you've been to and which of these you would recommend or stay away from. Doesn't matter if you just went or if it was a couple of years back.

Thank you!

Here is a brief list of remaining Design/Tech conferences 2017 I found helpful.

11 comments

  • Taylor PalmerTaylor Palmer, over 4 years ago

    For the past three years I've attended Front in Salt Lake City. It's for UX+PM and features a wide array of case study topics and speakers. All of the videos from this year just went live:

    https://vimeo.com/frontutah

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  • Simon Vreeman, over 4 years ago

    I don't go to a lot of conferences. I prefer small meetups and unconferences more. I noticed that a lot more fun people go to those. And people are far more willing to share knowledge at meetups and unconferences, probably because it is in your own time (evenings/weekends) and not in the time of your employer. Two conferences I go to for the last couple of years:

    • Conversion Hotel - A CRO conference that is held on a small island in the Netherlands
    • TNW Conference in Amsterdam [I work at TNW, so I'm a little bit biased :-)]
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  • Jeff ReinerJeff Reiner, over 4 years ago

    DeveloperWeek 2017. A massive ad for every damn company there. Huge waste of time.

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  • Cody IddingsCody Iddings, over 4 years ago

    I attended Webstock last year and I thought the talks were extremely relevant for product and experience designers and people of change. Recommended.

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  • Brandon SBrandon S, over 4 years ago

    I went to 99u this year and to be honest it wasn't great. It had some interesting talks and I like the idea of the more intimate studio sessions, but overall it felt more like a pep rally than anything super helpful/productive. It was only my second conference though so it could just be me.

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  • Nick Sloggett, over 4 years ago

    Creative South. Hands down.

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  • Duke CavinskiDuke Cavinski, over 4 years ago

    In my experience, the magic of conferences lies in social/networking, if you care about that sort of thing. So much of the information is easily found in books, blogs & live streams. Other aspects include demos of technologies you can't use yet, or maybe just a nice inspirational kick in the butt.

    In this regard, I don't think it really matters if you spend the dough on conferences or just go to small Meetup gatherings.

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  • Beth RBeth R, over 4 years ago

    UX Week seems to be very popular. They offer workshops as well as lectures. It's held in a few cities over the summer. I will be attending the one in San Fransisco in late August. Should be fun!

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  • Adam Hayman, over 4 years ago

    I can personally recommend the big AIGA conference. I went to the one in Minneapolis a few years back and it was fantastic. I've also heard great things about Circles and Creative South.

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