Alternatives to CHI

7 Jun 2006 - 9:01pm
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Petter Karlsson
2006

As I practicing designer I've found CHI in the past to be too
academic to justify the time and effort. When I recently challenged
the value of my group sending designers to CHI with the aim to
improve their professional skill set I was quickly tasked with
compiling a list of alternative conferences.

So, do any of you have any recommendations or thoughts on the matter,
what are the best conferences/gatherings for practicing designers?
Conferences with a focus on non-PC interaction would be of especial
interest to me.

thanks for any help,

Petter
mobile interaction designer

On 30-Apr-06, at 5:31 PM, Peter Merholz wrote:

> [Please voluntarily trim replies to include only relevant quoted
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> So, 2006 marked my fifth year in a row of not attending CHI.
>
> From what I heard before the conference, CHI made a concerted effort
> to better appeal to practicing and professional designers.
>
> So... did it work? Was CHI noticeably different, and hopefully
> better, than prior years?
>
> --peter
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8 Jun 2006 - 8:45am
Greg Petroff
2004

1. The DUX 2005 conference
(DUX = Designing user experience) in San Francisco (last one was last Fall)
was reasonably focussed on design, although the presentation format was
problematic, short presentations by a group of designers with round table
discussions. Some presentations merited longer discussion and others were
just not great. I would have prefered a "curated" conference with stonger
design presentations but I did enjoy the conference and I learned some
things there.

If there is another DUX conf and if they can change that aspect of it it
could be good. So far there has been DUX 2003 and DUX 2005, so the next is
probably in 2007. Anyone know?

2. The GEL conference
(Good Experience Live) in NYC in the spring. GEL is focussed at a higher
level then just interaction design but its just great brain food! I went
last year, this year and plan on going next year. The GEL team is starting a
new version of the conference in Copenhagen this September called EuroGEL.
Highly recomended as a way to open your mind up to greater things, less
tactical in terms of day to day interaction design however.

At Gel I spoke with other IxD's from the US and Europe about the need for a
more focussed interaction design conference and it seems everyone is in
agrement that their is a need for a more practioner focussed event.

Has anyone on the list gone to the DIS conferences? (Designing Interactive
Systems?)

--greg

On 6/7/06, Petter Karlsson <petter.karlsson at mac.com> wrote:
>
> [Please voluntarily trim replies to include only relevant quoted
> material.]
>
> As I practicing designer I've found CHI in the past to be too
> academic to justify the time and effort. When I recently challenged
> the value of my group sending designers to CHI with the aim to
> improve their professional skill set I was quickly tasked with
> compiling a list of alternative conferences.
>
> So, do any of you have any recommendations or thoughts on the matter,
> what are the best conferences/gatherings for practicing designers?
> Conferences with a focus on non-PC interaction would be of especial
> interest to me.
>
> thanks for any help,
>
> Petter
> mobile interaction designer
>
> On 30-Apr-06, at 5:31 PM, Peter Merholz wrote:
>
> > [Please voluntarily trim replies to include only relevant quoted
> > material.]
> >
> > So, 2006 marked my fifth year in a row of not attending CHI.
> >
> > From what I heard before the conference, CHI made a concerted effort
> > to better appeal to practicing and professional designers.
> >
> > So... did it work? Was CHI noticeably different, and hopefully
> > better, than prior years?
> >
> > --peter
> > ________________________________________________________________
> > Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
> > To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
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>
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Gregory Petroff
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greg.petroff(at)gmail.com

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