Around this time last year I was holidaying in Thailand, which was blissful. The downside, however, is that I was offline when the dConstruct tickets went on sale and just hours later – they were all gone :(
I’ve never been to a dConstruct conference before, but I’d heard such great things, I was already doing everything I could to get tickets this year – and then they announced that the theme was ‘Designing the User Experience’. Well. dConstruct just became unmissable.
I’ll be there this year (in a much more active way than I’d originally anticipated!), and you should be too – but you’ll need to get in fast!
One great way to secure yourself a ticket to dConstruct is to sign up for a workshop or two, but be quick because tickets to the workshops have just been released.
Andy Budd, one of the conference organisers, has written a great overview of the sessions so I’m going to borrow vast swathes from his blog and repost it here for you:
Just a quick heads-up to let everybody know that dConstruct workshop tickets are now on sale. We’ve got some great sessions planned, all with a user experience or information architecture theme. And the best news is, if you book a seat at any one of these workshops, you’ll automatically get free entrance to the dConstruct conference. As this event usually sells out in a couple of days, this is the very best way to be guaranteed a place.
On Wednesday we have Leisa Reichelt doing a workshop on, er workshops. More specifically, Leisa will be looking at various hands on techniques IA and UX professionals can use to capture ideas and communicate with clients. I had a lot of fun during Leisa’s “Design Consequences” session at BarCamp London, so expect lots of scribbling on sticky notes, sketching interfaces and generally getting your hands dirty.
For the more developer minded, we have a full day workshop with Mr Microformats himself, Tantek Celik. Along with his trusty sidekick, Jeremy Keith, this dynamic due will be taking you on a whirlwind tour of the most exciting thing to happen with semantic mark-up since death of the tag. So get your text editors at the ready, and be prepared for a day of geeky fun.
Thursday sees Thomas Vander Wal, tagmeister extraordinaire, run a session on how to build the social web through tagging. The man who put the “folk” in folksonomy will look at the social and managerial issues behind tagging, and help you design your own tagging strategy. This session will be perfect for anybody dealing with large collections of data, like museums, galleries or even online pet stores. Just don’t mention dogging.
Lastly, we have Peter Merholz, one of the “big guns” from Adaptive Path, running a workshop on experience design. Peter will be drawing from his years of experience as a consultant to explain how to analyse problems and develop solutions. This is already looking like a very popular workshop and one we recommend doing in conjunction with Leisa’s workshop.
Place on these workshops is limited, and already selling out fast. So if you want to learn from some of the best people in the industry, I recommend you go check them out.
I second Andy’s recommendation. dConstruct is, by all accounts, a fantastic British conference and should be loads of fun this year. I hope to see you there!