Luke Wroblewski's Slide Says What We're All Thinking
Ok, this post is just not going to cut it. I don't even know where to begin to recap all that I learned at UX Week. My notes are strewn across several notebooks. This doesn't even count the dozens of photos I took of the presentation screen in lieu of taking notes. To be consistent with my last post, I am just going to fake it with a random bunch of thoughts. Try to enjoy.
If you need a great place to stay in downtown San Francisco, I highly suggest the Hotel Palomar. I am cuckoo for Coa Coa Puffs for feather pillows. My bed had six of them.Little Glub Glub This pet-friendly hotel was very generous in providing me with a loaner pet for the week, a little fellow I named Glub Glub. When I wasn't hanging out with GG, I could be found on the fifth floor lounge, where you have to try the Beer, Bourbon, and Burger. This 'meal' includes a fantastic micro brew, a 15-year old handcrafted bourbon and a Comte cheeseburger paired with a side of rosemary shoestring potatoes.
My only complaint with the hotel was how far it was in relation to the conferenc, thus affording me several unwanted chances to take public transportation in addition to the already mentioned awesomeness of Uber (last post).
Other random recollections about food include Patxi's Pizza and Regent Thai, both in Noe Valley. Regent might possibly be the best Thai food in all of San Francisco. If you go, get the Golden Bags appetizer.
Oh right. I am supposed to be sharing the goods on UX Week. All the presentations and workshops were outstanding. Here are a few standouts:
- Luke Wroblewski had an epic all-day workshop on Designing Mobile Web Experiences. If gestural design is something you are spending time on these days, get his Touch Gesture Reference Guide. Need even more mobile design goodness? Check out the good people at Yiibu.
- Despite my love/hate relationship with Facebook, Paul Adams, Product Manager at Facebook gave a jaw dropping preso.
- Adam Lisagor gave a very entertaining presentation on storytelling and video production. I cannot remember much of it but I do know you should seek him and his work out if you have any video production in your future. He knows what he is talking about.
- Stephen Anderson gave his Seductive Interaction Design workshop and rocked the house as usual. His role-playing skit where he interacts with a girl pretending to be the browser is pretty funny stuff.
- Thursday night's outing to the California Academy of Sciences was a brilliant alternative to the usual sponsored happy hour.
- Adaptive Path announced the release of their iPad app, containing more than 100 speakers' presentations from the past several years of UX and MX conferences. Get moving and download it immediately.
- Did you have any idea that your comfy chair was killing you? Say hello to my favorite new infographic.
- Darren David showed us the future of UX with emerging technologies. Related sites that you need to visit immediately are: Jess3, Stimulant, and Oblong.
- Session Sketchbooks are all the rage at conferences these days. Here are many from UX Week. Check out this fantastic collection from these sessions.
- To really capture the sights of UX Week, I leave it to the very capable Wild Plum Photography.
Okay, I admit it. I am failing badly at cataloging all that I saw at UX Week 2011. After four days of super dense, thought provoking content, my brain is rendered a bit mushy. Maybe it's the altitude as I am trying to write all of this at 32,000 feet en route to DFW. Maybe it's the in-flight internet service that I will from now on refer to only as Slo-Slo.
UX Week 2011 is now the fourth Adaptive Path conference I've attended and they continue to get better every year. Do yourself a real solid favor - sign up for the next one right away.