There are some pretty awesome UX and service design related events out there, which bring together insightful, learning and good fun with great networking opportunities. There are lots to get stuck into, but here are some of our favourites, from regular meetups through to annual conferences – you’ll find us at many of these over the year, so please do come and say hello.
Monthly, usually on the third Wednesday/Thursday of the month. Various locations.
We are proud sponsors of the London chapter of UXPA – The User Experience Professionals Association, which is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting user-centred design and supporting the UX community.
Their events are varied, from standard talk and tasks through to pub quizzes. They are always good fun, with a positive, relaxed atmosphere making it a great place to network and find a mentor if you are starting out in the UX world.
Pro Tip: Tickets fly off the shelves for UXPA events, so be sure to sign up for their newsletter so you know about new events as soon as they are announced.
Monthly, usually the last Wednesday of every month, Central London.
The Interaction Design Association (IXDA) is a member-supported organisation dedicated to the discipline of interaction design.
They attract impressive, informative speakers to their events and often run workshops afterwards that reinforce learnings on a topic in an innovative way. These are fun events that are very popular in the interaction design community, and it’s a great place to meet engaging, like-minded people.
Futureheads are a proud sponsor so you’ll find least two of the team at these events. We provide the refreshments – so come for the speakers, stay for the pizza and beer.
Monthly. Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle & Leeds
This is a great hub of meetups across the likes of Newcastle, Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds. They are a friendly bunch of usability enthusiasts who like to get together to talk about anything and everything to do with the user experience – sharing knowledge, sparking ideas and supporting each other.
The Service Design Network is a global community that proselytises good service design practice through regular events. This is a vibrant community that draws on the expertise of its members, who include opinion leaders, academics and expert practitioners, and the talks they put on are always fascinating.
February 17th – 18th, London
A two-day conference of thought-provoking talks that explore some of the many wonderful creations in technology and services that solve real healthcare problems across the globe.
9th March 2019, Brighton
An ‘unconference’ for anyone involved or interested in user experience design, user research, interaction design, information architecture, usability, accessibility and other associated fields. Attendees either run or participate in 20-minute sessions, such as talks, demos or discussions. No headliners, no product pitches, just a friendly event focused on sharing, socialising and learning new stuff.
FYI: Session slots aren’t arranged in advance. They’ll put up a grid in the morning and session hosts will rush to grab a slot of their choosing when they shout go!
May 29th to 31st, 2019, London
This is the mothership of UX events in London and presents three days of inspiration for UX designers. It has industry leaders from around the world presenting inspiring talks and lively, hands-on workshops.
Each day of the conference focuses on a particular area of UX, so if you are looking to learn specific things check the schedule before buying a ticket.
Pro Tip: Tickets fly out of the door for this, one, so we’d advise you get yours early!
April 6th, 2019, Kiev
Billed as ‘The biggest interface design conference in Eastern Europe’, Krupa attracted more than 1,000 interface designers when it ran in 2018. The conference is created by designers, for designers and based on the active UI/UX network Krupa has been building for three years.
Date: TBC – usually around October, London.
The Service Design Fringe Festival runs alongside the London Design Festival. This is a regular fixture on the calendar that helps to create, strengthen and grow connections between the service design community and the wider design community.
If you have a suggestion for another event we should get onto this list, we’d love to hear it – say hello at firstname.lastname@example.org
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