Toronto UX Designers – Hear about UX Journey Stories from Local UX Talent

Mark your calendar and join us November 20 in Toronto for UX Thursday. This one day event focuses on some very cool UX work that’s happening right in Toronto. Six top local speakers share their UX journey’s on real-world UX projects. You’ll also hear keynotes from Jared Spool talking about Building a Winning UX Strategy Using the Kano Model and Derek Featherstone of Simply Accessible covering accessibility. The whole day takes place at the YMCA of Greater Toronto on Grosvenor Street. Stay tuned for more information on the amazing speakers and presentations we’ve got in store for you. But you’ll want to save you seat early because at $99/seat, this conference will sell out. You can also check out this video of a past UX Thursday...

Atlanta UXers – Get Ready for a Day of UX Awesomeness

UX Thursday – The one and only local, full day conference designed just for user experience pros is on its way to Atlanta! UIE and Vitamin T have joined forces to bring you a great group of Atlanta UX luminaries for a day of real-life case studies. Plus you’ll hear two fantastic keynote presentations from Adam Connor of Mad*Pow and me. This is wonderful opportunity to spend quality time exchanging ideas with participants and presenters. (The number of attendees is limited to assure you’ll get quality time with both.) I’ll kick off the day with my keynote, “It’s a Great Time to Be A UX Designer” and then be joined by these kind (and knowledgeable) folks: Federico Holgado, Lead UX Developer, MailChimp Robert Hamburger, Senior User Experience Lead, CNN Melinda Baker, Digital Experience Architect, American Cancer Society Klemens Wengret, UX Architect, Turner Broadcasting Josh Cothran, User Experience Designer, Georgia Tech Research Institute Colleen Jones, Principal, Content Science Closing keynote from Adam Connor, Design Director, Mad*Pow But that’s not all. After hearing all these great talks, we’ve put together a social cocktail hour afterwards to discuss all the interesting ideas you heard throughout the event. All in all it’s an action packed day. Be sure to join us on February 20 (it’s a Thursday, if you hadn’t guessed!), but don’t wait until the last minute. Our Chicago and Detroit UX Thursday shows sold out in a jiffy. And at $99 for Early Birds through February 7, you’ve got no reason to miss it! Register now. Get more info over at the UXT...

Part 2: Justifying the Cost for You to Attend UI18

There are likely two main pieces of information your boss needs to decide whether or not to send you to the User Interface 18 Conference in Boston, MA October 21-23. Costs and benefits. In this second post of our 2 part series, we’ll cover cost. Part 1 covers the benefits. There’s no way around it, conferences can be expensive. Your boss wants to know the total cost to attend and not just the registration fee. Breakdown of prices We summarize this information in a table at the bottom. Registration – The current price is $1,689. But if you use the promotion code BLOG you’ll get a $200 discount. The next price jump goes to $1,989 starting Friday, September 13. (The promo code BLOG will still be good.) Hotel arrangements – We’ve secured a special group rate of $269.00/night plus tax at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel hotel. This is the conference hotel, so by staying here, you’ll avoid daily transportation costs. There are other hotels in the surrounding area at lower prices. Explore additional options at Hotels.com or Orbitz.com. Be aware that hotel rooms booked on these sites may not refund you if you cancel. Also keep in mind that some of these hotels are not within walking distance. Flights – Flight cost varies depending on day of week, location, and number of stops. Flying out of a major hub typically gives you more airlines, times, and non-stop options. However, non-stop flights are often more expensive. Save yourself money by looking into flights that have a stop. If possible, look at flights that have you leaving on a Saturday....

Part 1: Convincing Your Boss – Selling UI18?s Benefits

Convincing your boss to spend $2,000-$3,000 for to attend the User Interface 18 Conference is no easy task. Your boss wants to see the total costs and how this conference will benefit the organization. In part 1 of of our 2 part series, you’ll learn how to explain the benefits of attending the User Interface Conference in Boston, October 21-23. Part two outlines the expenses associated with sending you to the conference. Understand What Your Boss Needs Before you present anything, find out what information your boss needs to say, “yes, you must go to this conference.” Often at the top of the list is cost and benefits to the company. Dive deeper – ask what they mean by benefiting the company. Is your boss asking to see: 1. How you’ll solve a specific pain point within your organization? 2. How will this conference help complete a current project? 3. How will you share what you learned with the rest of the team? 4. How your new-found knowledge saves the company from hiring someone to do a specific task or skill? 5. Will you bring in a new skill set that the company is lacking? 6. How are you adding to the basic UX knowledge of the team? Addressing Your Design Needs Only you know which workshops will address your most pressing design needs. The UI18 workshop descriptions lay out what you’ll learn during the day, the practical take-aways you’ll get, and how to implement the new processes and techniques you’ll learn. Explore the workshops that fit your training and design needs. Find 3-5 points within the workshop description...