RE: Design

I am curating a conference!

Feeling a bit deer in headlights but I am super stoked and am having a blast figuring it out.

RE:DESIGN, which will be held here in San Francisco in May.

It’s very interesting to be thinking about designing a conference experience. I am thankful I don’t have to design the logistics of this – just the content. But I have had to devise a theme and think about people to bring in around that theme.

The theme: Renaissance

The premise: Modern day UX designers need to be well versed across various disciplines and interests to bring the best results to their design projects. Experiences are no longer limited to the screen and are global in nature. What do we need to understand and experience ourselves in order to make better experiences? What do we do to stay fresh, to stay inspired, to feed our souls which in turn feeds our design work? How do the things we do outside the job roll back into our approach on the job? Let’s explore these questions (and more) together.

The things I have been thinking about as I have made my lists and reached out to people are:

  • What kind of designer are they – if at all?
  • What kind of company are they at currently?
  • What do I know about them outside of UX – what feeds their soul?
  • Have I seen that outside work, influence and change the way they practice their UX craft?
  • Will they be an interesting speaker / facilitator / leader for the session?

This conference is different in that it’s based on facilitating conversations or leading activities rather than standing at a podium and speaking for an hour. So much more interactive and hands on than traditional events.

Then as I have worked through these lists, the conference producers have also asked me to consider some other factors:

  • Gender diversity
  • Ethnic diversity
  • Age diversity
  • Size of company diversity = i.e. they need some big names for drawing in to justify corporate budgets of sending staff to a conference like this

and a whole host of other things I never had ever thought about in conference content curating.

It’s an interesting process and gives me a greater appreciation for the work that goes into programming a multiple track event.

Check it out, check back for more speakers, or just come to the event and know you will have an awesome time.

current: experience matters design :: senior level interaction design and systems strategy consulting former partner, tangible user experience; Yahoo! founder of the public and internal Yahoo! pattern library. design director of ued teams responsible for designing solutions across key yahoo! platforms: social media, personalization, membership and vertical search.

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