London-based designers are spoilt for choice when it comes to conferences, meet-ups and exhibitions... But — paradox of choice — how are we to decide which to go to when there are so many options?! I’ve taken from my personal experiences, I’ve trawled the internet and I’ve delved to the depths of Twitter to compile my monthly top picks for UX/product events in and around London in 2018.
Interaction 18 predux
The Interaction 18 conference in Lyon is just around the corner, and to warm up the London based speakers will be sharing their talks and workshops ahead of the main conference. Skip the £1,000 conference price tag and get a preview of some of the action.https://www.meetup.com/IxDA-London/events/247078545/
The UX Conference
Last year they tackled designer-developer collaboration, and this year The UX Conference will explore how to improve collaboration between designers and business stakeholders. This day-long conference is made up of half hour talks, with speakers from Uber, Deliveroo, Moo & more...http://theuxconf.com/
UX Camp Brighton
A short train journey from London, nestled away in a cool co-working space you will find UX Camp. They refer to themselves as an ‘unconference’. There are no headliners, no product pitches and the content is all provided by the participants. This user-generated BarCamp style of conference is awesome for anyone wanting to share and learn in an open environment. Oh, and you’ll be near the sea side.https://www.uxcampbrighton.org/
Self-proclaimed “three-day creative spectacular”, D&AD’s past lineups have definitely delivered. 150 speakers; 4 stages; exhibitions of 26,000 pieces of work that have been entered into this year’s D&AD awards. You certainly won’t get bored.
Everything about UX London is skilfully curated. The speaker lineup is always awesome and diverse — how often do you see an equal gender split on a conference lineup?! The format, consisting of talks in the morning and workshops after lunch keeps you energised and engaged throughout the day. The venue is beautiful (award-winning, in fact). The choice and quality of catering and snacks throughout the day is always exceptional. Even the tiniest details like the goodie bag swag make UX London a really special event.
User Research London
Forget about the pixels and engross yourself in the people. Returning for its second year with a full day of talks and a full day of workshops, this is the UK’s first conference solely focused on user research.https://www.userresearchlondon.com
New Designers // New Blood
This month is particularly close to my heart, and I’ve featured not one but two awesome graduate design shows — one of which bagged me my "rst ever design job. Think crazy-talented graduate designers and super interesting concepts and executions. Come along and show some support for the emerging stars of tomorrow (and maybe even hire one!)https://www.newdesigners.com/exhibit
The Future Starts Here
This event technically starts on May 12th and runs right through until Nov 4th, but there were way too many strong contenders in the other months, so here it is in August. This exhibit explores the power of design in shaping the world of tomorrow, from AI to smart appliances to internet culture. This is definitely worth a visit — and you might even be able to convince some non-tech friends to join you!https://www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/the-future-starts-here
London Design Festival
London Design Festival celebrates and promotes London as the design capital of the world. Design installations spring up all over the city. There are exhibitions, talks and workshops galore. Drop in on open studios, seminars, product launches and demos... You will not run out of things to see and do!http://www.londondesignfestival.com
In an elegant auditorium at the British Museum, Interact delves intoneurology, psychologyandcognitive neuroscience, and their impact on digital design. The dates and the venue for 2018 are yet to be announced, but judging on their previous line-ups this isn't one to miss.https://2017.interactconf.com
JAM is like the new(ish) cool kid on the block. The event started out in 2015 as a product conference, by product people, for product people. It seems to be less of a bloated conference and more of a product lovers meet-up. A chance for a day out of the office, to listen to some really cool speaker’s product experiences, to meet like-minded people, and to stop and respect on your own work. Last year they uprooted and moved from Oval Space to the even trendier Hawker House — where both the food and the decor are Instagram heaven.https://www.jamlondon.io