What are the most happening places for UX in USA?

17 May 2011 - 8:37am
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thinkusable
2011

Hi All,

I would like to know the most happening place for UX in USA. It can be  based on number of UX people in that location, conferences, formal & informal UX meets, UX training workshops, design colleges, etc.

I was told that BOSTON is best place for UX to relocate for work by few designers but i would love to know the real facts from our IXDA community.

Thx

Kumar

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19 May 2011 - 2:34pm
Dave Malouf
2005

UX happens everywhere. Boston is good for many reasons, but many will tell you that Silicon Valley &/or SF is where to be as a digital designer. Others will say NYC, some others will say the DC area or even Austin or Chicago.

the question is what type of UXer are you? what types of things interest you. It seems you are interested in several factors:

# of UX people: hands down this is ruled by SV/SFO
# of conferences: There is no best location for conferences. The best ones are all over the map.
# formal & informal meetups: Again, there is no best. All the major cities have active communities that are great for networking. Many have many arguably redundant groups
# of workshops: This is a harder one to suss out. Again the best shows are travelling with minimal exceptions, but I might give SF a slight nudge.
# Design colleges: definitely not Boston. NYC probably has the most: SVA, Parsons and NYU (ITP) and you can add Pratt in there as well.

Hope this helps. 

-- dave

27 May 2011 - 3:59pm
Michele Marut
2005

In the US, I agree the Silicon Valley- San Fran area and NY are the leading areas in the US.The current job listings on Coroflot for interactive jobs back this up -

Metropolitan Area

New York, Ny (53)

San Francisco, Ca (36)

Seattle, Wa (20)

San Jose, Ca (18)

Chicago, Il (11)

Los Angeles, Ca (10)

Boston, Ma (8)

Washington, Dc (7)

Austin, Tx (5)

Atlanta, Ga (4)

[ + ] show more


See http://www.coroflot.com/public/jobs_search_results.asp?job_category_id_15=15




On Thu, May 19, 2011 at 4:23 PM, Dave Malouf <dave.ixd@gmail.com> wrote:

UX happens everywhere. Boston is good for many reasons, but many will tell you that Silicon Valley &/or SF is where to be as a digital designer. Others will say NYC, some others will say the DC area or even Austin or Chicago.

the question is what type of UXer are you? what types of things interest you. It seems you are interested in several factors:

# of UX people: hands down this is ruled by SV/SFO
# of conferences: There is no best location for conferences. The best ones are all over the map.
# formal & informal meetups: Again, there is no best. All the major cities have active communities that are great for networking. Many have many arguably redundant groups
# of workshops: This is a harder one to suss out. Again the best shows are travelling with minimal exceptions, but I might give SF a slight nudge.
# Design colleges: definitely not Boston. NYC probably has the most: SVA, Parsons and NYU (ITP) and you can add Pratt in there as well.

Hope this helps. 

25 May 2011 - 8:27am
Samantha LeVan
2009

I agree with Dave. It depends a lot on your interests. I'm in Minneapolis and though there wasn't a lot of UX here a few years ago, companies are seeing the value and starting UX teams. Most people don't think Minneapolis = UX but we have Best Buy, Target, UnitedHealthcare, 3M, Thomson Reuters, etc etc plus several great agencies and Mayo Clinic (though it's not in the Twin Cities area). I would say healthcare UX is pretty big here.

There are plenty of web UX companies and startups in northern california. Boston has financial firms, tech - Monster.com. I've noticed more opportunities in Austin and Dallas, Atlanta, and San Diego recently.

Design school may bring a lot of student networking opportunities but that doesn't mean all the students stick around and work locally. Some great schools are not in the design hotspots of the country.

In the end, if you pick a major city with a few large companies that hire UX designers, there will probably be meetups, events, and organizations. If not, you can always start your own.

27 May 2011 - 3:59pm
a2slbailey
2010

I second Minneapolis as an underrated city in terms of the quality and opportunity of UX happening. 
Also, it's not in the US, but our nearby neighbor Toronto is a very rich city for UX talent and opportunity.
sb

27 May 2011 - 3:59pm
brianh
2010

As much as I hate to say it, Silicon Valley still seems to be one of the prime places where people are hiring.

Brian


On Thu, May 19, 2011 at 8:08 AM, thinkusable <thinkusable@gmail.com> wrote:

Hi All,

I would like to know the most happening place for UX in USA. It can be  based on number of UX people in that location, conferences, formal & informal UX meets, UX training workshops, design colleges, etc.

I was told that BOSTON is best place for UX to relocate for work by few designers but i would love to know the real facts from our IXDA community.

Thx

Kumar

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