Attending Web Design conferences has easily proved to be the one of the best investments into my business. I have shown my face at many of them in the UK over the past 3 or 4 years and it is something I will continue to do and continue to advocate to others. Simply put, these are the only few times each year that people in our industry gather together to meet one another and be inspired by others. Some of the most interesting and in-depth discussions, getting to meet people face to face that you have only known through a 48px square avatar and the continual barrage of light hearted banter are reasons alone.
Over the next 6 months I’ll be attending no less than 4 conferences:
Brooklyn Beta • A friendly web conference in Brooklyn
brooklynbeta.org → 21st-22nd October 2010 in Brooklyn, NY
Build – The hand-crafted web design conference.
buildconf.com → 8th-12th November 2010 in Belfast, UK
New Adventures In Web Design conference
newadventuresconf.com → 20th January 2011 in Nottingham, UK
SXSW – Interactive
sxsw.com/interactive → 11th-15th March 2011 in Austin, TX
My standout conference of last year and one I can not recommend enough is Build Conference in Belfast. One many army Andy McMillan is putting on a weeks worth of fringe events from Exhibitions, a Photowalk and a Pub Quiz to Evening talks from illustrator Jessica Hische and Threadless’ Sean Donohue. Not forgetting of course the actual conference itself with speakers including Dan Cederholm, Frank Chimero and Tim Brown to name a few.
If you plan on attending one over the next 6 months, let it be this one.