Designers know that it’s important to keep learning — and design events are the perfect way for designers and brands alike to learn about new trends in the industry and use innovative technologies to advance their skills and strategies.
Design plays a major role in how consumers interact with content and products — whether it’s app design, web design, UX and UI design or somewhere else on the creative spectrum.
Design can help drive leads and increase conversion — leading users on a seamless journey through a design and its content. It can point viewers in the right direction, highlighting the important points and evoking an emotion that helps them remember this content and brand even after they’ve finished interacting with the medium.
With our world constantly innovating and evolving, and new tech emerging from out of nowhere, these tech events can help put designers in contact with resources they never dreamed of.
Similarly, brands can take advantage of these events to boost their design efforts and give their team the tools they need to create the designs that lead to sales. Business can benefit greatly from design, and design events can help get them there.
These events are also a great place to connect with peers and colleagues in the industry, discussing past projects and research and brainstorm about future endeavors. They offer amazing networking opportunities. And their global qualities put designers in contact with fellow creates across the world.
Get access to the talent you never thought possible and learn about the cutting-edge techniques that will set you apart from the rest. And these 14 events are the perfect place to start your event search.
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The 14 Best Fall Design Events To Give Your Design Team A Boost
UX Strat USA: Providence, Rhode Island — September 16-18
The UX Strat is a conference with curated talent and expertise, brought together to dissect and analyze growing trends and technologies in the UX/UI sphere. This is a community of forward-thinking designers that all have something to bring to the table. Enjoy presentations, workshop and more in all aspect of design and the consumer experience. Learn how to develop your own strategic approach to each of your design projects. And have fun while doing it. The creatives behind this event also host the same conference in Europe if the United States isn’t a realistic enough option.
UX STRAT is a conference that brings together experience design leaders, strategists, researchers, and senior professionals to hear about and discuss the latest trends in strategic UX / CX / Product / Service Design. Carefully curated presentations focus on the intersection of business strategy, user experience, customer experience, product design, and service design. UX STRAT is single track, which promotes a strong sense of community, and provides ample networking opportunities. Join us for an event that will help you take experience design to the next level in your organization.
EuroIA: Dublin, Ireland — September 27-29
Information architecture and user experience take center stage in this conference, with a group of volunteers coming together to create an event that introduces designers and creatives to a variety of new strategies, technologies and techniques that can help them create designs that give brands and individuals alike a competitive edge. But this event isn’t just for learning. It’s about meeting new people and getting a better understanding of the design industry and your peers.
Having such a long-standing relationship with the Information Architecture and User Experience community, EuroIA has seen, and hosted, some of the defining moments in the progression of our industry and the way we work. Doing so, we embraced topics from user research to testing and analysis, content modeling, creative workshops or skills management. We also made plenty of time to enjoy drinks, make friends, play piano and sing songs. Over the past 13 years we’ve seen inspirational talks from some of the most prestigious teams in our industry.
Design Matters: Copenhagen, Denmark — September 26-29
Digital designers are in for a treat with this European design and tech conference. Come together to talk about design trends, ideas and past experiences with people around the world. Engage in in-depth workshops, listen to inspirational keynote speakers and learn tips for overcoming new and frustrating design challenges. Design is changing, and you have to change along with it. This conference makes it easy.
Design Matters is a place for inspiring, competent, visionary, nerdy, engaging talks, workshops and discussions about the work and role of digital designers now and in the future. For the fourth time, we bring together design practitioners from around the world for two days of design talks, workshops, discussions and socializing in Copenhagen. Each year, we invite speakers from leading digital products from around the world, as well as startups and independent designers. They come to talk about their design practice, challenges and learnings, showing their work, their attempts, failures and successes. This year we will also introduce a series of “Nerd tracks" - exploring a range of design topics in more depth.
An Event Apart Orlando 2018: Orlando, Florida — October 8-10
An Event Apart is exactly what it sounds like — it’s a conference that stands apart from the rest in a dynamic and engaging way. It’s a different kind of conference that shakes up the regular pace of conferences as a whole. Learn from speakers and attendees alike at this conference that will have everyone working together to achieve something bigger, something better — something greater. The speakers and attendees at this event care about design. They care about making a difference. They care about the future of design and you should too.
Sometimes, to do your best work, you need a change of pace, to get out from behind your desk for a bit and open yourself up to a whole new world of people and ideas. Attending a conference is a great way to do exactly that. It’s a chance to stretch your legs and your mind. Here are just a few reasons why An Event Apart (AEA) is a great choice: Learn from the best—our speakers aren’t just industry leaders with years of experience and deep insight. They’re also engaging, inspiring thinkers who are passionate about sharing what they’ve learned and helping you level up your skills. Learn what’s next—we don’t just present what’s happening right now. We also look ahead to what’s around the corner. Just a few of the topics people heard about on our stage before the rest of the industry knew they were coming: responsive web design, mobile-first practices, content strategy, and CSS Grid.
Midwest UX Conference: Chicago, Illinois — October 11-13
This event is great for our Midwestern designers out there! This design event will have you thinking outside the box in no time, challenging the way you think about design and changing the way you go about creating your own works. This three-day conference is packed with insightful talks and networking opportunities that will put you in direct contact with the talent that is shaking up the industry and aligning you as an individual that can have a similar impact. Learn how to use UX to up your business initiatives and enjoy it.
CURIOSITY. COLLABORATION. INTEGRITY. MidwestUX 2018 will challenge us to advance our discipline through curiosity, collaboration, and integrity. Join us for three days in Chicago as we inspire and challenge one another with the fresh perspective that comes from cross disciplinary conversation.
Adobe MAX 2018: Los Angeles, California — October 13–17
This week-long conference puts you in the same room with a variety of excited and motivated creatives ready to shake up the digital world through design — so all of your web and app design efforts are about to get a major upgrade. This event is an exciting experience that’s full of learning, excitement and fun. Get exclusive insights and behind-the-scenes looks at some of the most powerful projects that have hit the design world this year. You won’t regret taking a week to explore Adobe Max — just read their blog to learn why!
This is why you come to a conference. Who knows what your new connections will bring?Here's your chance to network with other creatives from around the world. Eat, drink, and mingle with a mix of Adobe folks, sponsors, and MAX attendees. Take a peek into the Adobe labs and expect the unexpected. Previous celebrity hosts were Kumail Nanjiani and Jordan Peele. Who will it be this year? If creativity were a party, it would be the MAX Bash. Tons of food and drinks, art installations and entertainment, and live music. Last year Mark Ronson and Saint Motel performed.
UIST 2018: Berlin, Germany — October 14–17
UIST stands for user interface software and technology. And this year, this event is being held in Berlin, Germany. Get access to information and advice from some of the biggest minds in the technology and design world. Experience hands-on demonstrations and workshops. Get a well-rounded conference experience — with insights into the creative aspects of design as well as the more technical. From user experience and AR and beyond — this conference is a must-attend event in the fall.
The ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST) is the premier forum for innovations in human-computer interfaces. Sponsored by ACM special interest groups on computer-human interaction (SIGCHI) and computer graphics (SIGGRAPH), UIST brings together people from diverse areas including graphical & web user interfaces, tangible & ubiquitous computing, virtual & augmented reality, multimedia, new input & output devices, and CSCW. The intimate size and intensive program make UIST an ideal opportunity to exchange research results and ideas. Join us in Berlin!
World Usability Congress 2018: Graz, Austria — October 16–18
What’s on the docket at World Usability Congress 2018? Usability, user experience and customer experience management just to name a few. This full and focused conference is ripe with talent, expertise and creativity — and it’s the perfect event for learning new strategies to give your brand the creative boost it needs. From simple projects to complex, attendees rave about the exciting insights they obtain and their ability to help them shift gears in their own design work.
The WUC is Austria’s premier user experience design conference. Two days of conference presentations provide practical skills to take away, inspire you for your next projects, stretch your knowledge or show how someone has tackled a problem just like ones you’re facing. The WUC provides you with endless opportunities to network with fellow attendees and the world’s top thinkers and doers.
XD Immersive: San Francisco, California — October 25–26
If your brand is looking to shift towards more immersive design, look no further than XD Immersive — the premier destination for immersive, experimental design. And the best part about this conference? It’s not limited to designers and enthusiasts. This conference is great for IT pros and businessmen and women looking for ways to get a leg up on the competition and explore new avenues of successful engagement with consumers and brands alike.
Join us for XD Immersive, the premier international conference dedicated to immersive experience design! Designers, product managers, IT innovators, and business strategists who attend XD Immersive will hear industry leaders talk about the latest developments in this rapidly flourishing new field, with a distinct focus on experience design and business use cases. Top companies in VR/AR/AI/IoT/Voice have committed to participate in XD Immersive. Attending XD Immersive help you and your company get ready for the transition that the world’s most valuable companies agree is the most important platform shift since mobile phones. XD Immersive will take place in San Francisco on October 25 - 26, 2018, in the ultra-modern Bespoke venue on Market St. Early discount tickets are on sale now. Join fellow designers, product managers, business strategists and IT pro's at XD Immersive to prepare your career and your company for the coming tsunami of immersive products and services!
UX Brighton Advancing Research: Brighton, UK — November 2
This research-focused conference combines years of research and insights into one day jam-packed with talks, discussions, hands-on workshops and more. Learn from the best so you yourself can be the best — in design, in business and beyond. Learn valuable tools and methods for navigating the UX landscape and create essential strategies that will come in handy for your next UX design project. It may just be one day, but this event is full of all the information that’s vital for a growing designer in a technologically advancing world.
Research belongs at the heart of UX. It guides our work and shapes our decisions. That’s why Advancing Research is the theme of UX Brighton 2018. It’s time to take a look at the place of research within the UX landscape - time to further our knowledge of tools and methods, and time to extend our research skills to embrace new technologies. Join us for the day. Gather skills and insights that will bring solid benefits for you, your colleagues and your clients.
CSCW 2018: Jersey City, New Jersey — November 3–7
Computer-supported cooperative work and social computing — that’s the focus of this research-heavy tech and design conference. This conference adds a little something extra to the design mix by bringing together dedicated researchers who have made it their mission to understand not only how technologies work, but how they work together to create a cohesive and comprehensive experience. Learn about these new technologies and avenues with five days of dedicated learning and discovery. Just outside of New York City, this conference is easily accessible to anyone who’s passionate about computing, technology and design innovation.
CSCW is the premier venue for research in the design and use of technologies that affect groups, organizations, communities, and networks. Bringing together top researchers and practitioners, CSCW explores the technical, social, material, and theoretical challenges of designing technology to support collaborative work and life activities. Join us as we explore how technologies can enable new ways of living and working together.
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UI23: Boston, Massachusetts — November 12–14
Cutting-edge technologies and design best practices are front and center at UI23 in Boston this year. Learn new UX skills and spend six full days fully immersed in workshops that will give you a variety of different scenarios to work through and evolve with. Industry experts and novices alike attend this event to learn, grow and adapt to the rapidly evolving technical design landscape. Not many conferences offer dedicated workshops at every step of the way, but this conference is passionate about giving attendees a fully immersive experience that they can take with them wherever they go.
Imagine six incredible full-day, master-grade workshops led by top industry experts. You don’t have to imagine it, because you can be part of UI23. We’ve already started pulling the next conference together, scouring the world for the next batch of experts who are driving change in the world of design. Come to Boston and learn UX skills and techniques you can apply immediately. UI23 is coming back to Boston. You can get first pick on the best workshops with the topics that will change how you design.
Interaction Latin America 2018: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil — November 15–17
Interaction Latin America is the biggest interaction design conference in the world. It’s a three-day event that combines the cutting-edge innovations and insights from the world’s most influential design experts. It’s exciting and inspiration and fun — attending this event will fill you with advice, strategies and technologies that you’ll be able to take with you to your next venture or project. Show off your new chops in your next web design or app project and show the world what the future of design has in store.
Interaction Latin America 2018 follows the moment of expanding the geographical boundaries of "South America" to "Latin America" and also proposes to expand the boundaries of Interaction Design. The event intends to stimulate the disciplines and related themes discussion that are increasingly essential to Interaction Design, beyond the UX practices and processes.
Assets 2018: Galway, Ireland — October 22 — November 24
Assets is a conference dedicated to helping people with disabilities through the use of advanced technology and design initiatives. It’s an altruistic conference that brings together great minds for a great cause to evaluate how technologies and design can be used to enhance the user experience for those with disabilities. If you want to learn how to use design to impact an even larger audience, this is the impactful conference for you.
The 20th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility. The ASSETS conference explores the design, evaluation, and use of computing and information technologies to benefit people with disabilities and older adults. ASSETS is the premier forum for presenting innovative research on mainstream and specialized assistive technologies, accessible computing, and assistive applications of computer, network, and information technologies.
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