Looking Back at IA Summit 2011

I just got home from a brief family vacation that ended with my attending and speaking at the IA Summit in Denver Colorado. It was my first time attending and speaking at the Summit so I thought I would share some of my personal highlights, and briefly touch on a couple of insights that really stuck with me.

First off I have to give serious love to Adam Connor who I co-presented with on the topic of critique. He is a great guy with awesome insight into this topic, presenting and hanging out with him for the weekend was truly a privilege.

We had a great response to our session and I am very grateful for all of the attendees that made it out at 9am and asked some great questions, as well as providing insightful feedback. I truly believe that critique is such an important topic, and it is not really given that attention that is needed to facilitate good communication that leads to improved products and designs.

It was awesome for me to meet so many people that I interact with online in person, as well as meet individuals that I look up to and respect. The amazing part of this was that for the most part there was no real Rockstar mentalities at the conference, everyone was very approachable, and so willing to talk and just hang out  sharing their thoughts and time with fellow designers. It was so refreshing to see it be about the community and sharing experiences with one another, those in charge and the speakers really set this tone.

One of the things that I really enjoyed were the social events that were put on by the conference. Karaoke night,  poster review sessions,  game night and yes the UX Trivia Smack Down kept attendees engaging with one another in fun social settings.

There was a lot of great content at the IA Summit, so much so that I missed quite a few presentations that I really wanted to see. Fortunately UIE was recording the sessions to be released as podcasts (I will post a link here when they are live). I could go on about each session, but this post would be far to long. I will be writing some individual posts that have arisen from ideas that were born during sessions and great conversations with others at the conference. Martin Belham did post tons of slides (if not all of them) on his site so head on over and get caught up on the great sessions.

Next year’s IA Summit is in New Orleans, so start making your plans now for what I am sure will be an amazing conference. Congratulations and thank you to all who were involved in putting this years summit on.

06. April 2011 by Aaron Irizarry
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