The 8 Best Forthcoming Web Design Conferences

by in Toolkits on 19th Feb 2010 · Comments

Attending major web design conferences show potential clients that you take your work very seriously, that you are at the cutting edge of recent developments in your field, and actively spending money to improve your proficiency in key areas of web design. Every conference is different, so make sure you visit the ones which are most closely related to your area of interest. In the list below, you’ll find conferences for Adobe aficionados, Flash experts, e-commerce designers and much more.

The 8 Best Forthcoming Web Design Conferences

Here’s our run down of the 8 must-visit web design conferences of 2010. All of the great conferences listed here are rather expensive to attend, but they offer educational opportunities you won’t find anywhere else. What’s more, attendees of these events are exposed to various structured, semi-structured and non-structured networking opportunities. All of which can have a direct impact on the quality and number of job offers you receive.

8 Forthcoming Web Design Conferences

In Control

In Control

Conference: In Control
Date: 22nd-23rd February 2010
Entry Cost: $795
Intended For: Those interested in modern design tools
Venue: Embassy Suites, Orlando

10 internationally renowned speakers are set to grace attendees with their presence at In Control 2010. These include Jared Spool, founder of User Interface Engineering, and Stephanie Sullivan, founder and principal of W3Conversions. Start each day with a keynote presentation, followed by a focused workshop and networking event.

FOWA Future of Web Apps Miami

FOWA

Conference: FOWA Future of Web Apps Miami
Date: 22nd-24th February 2010
Entry Cost: Conference Pass ($495), Workshop and Conference Pass ($695), Student Conference Pass ($50)
Intended For: Anyone fascinated by web apps
Venue: The Colony Theatre, Lincoln Road, Miami

In contrast to some of the more formal and highbrow events in this list, FOWA 2010 kicks off on 22nd February with a beach party! This conference tends to draw a younger crowd, but there’ll be something for everyone this year. Choose from workshops like How To Build a Web App Business A-Z and How To Use jQuery to Improve Your Web App.

MIX10

Mix10

Conference: MIX10
Date: 15th-17th March 2010
Entry Cost: Full Conference Pass $1,395 ($795 before Jan 15th), Pre-Conference Workshop Pass ($295), Academic Pass ($595)
Intended For: Web designers and developers using Microsoft software
Venue: Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas

This event aims to teach designers and developers everything they need to know about Microsoft’s web platform and tools. Paul Stubbs, one of the world’s leading authorities on Microsoft’s SharePoint and Office, will be hosting a session on using SilverLight to create dynamic SharePoint user experiences. Other sessions will cover Windows 7’s multi-touch capabilities and Mono, a free and open source implementation of .NET.

An Event Apart

An Event Apart

Conference: An Event Apart
Date: 5th-7th April 2010
Entry Cost: $1,190
Intended For: Practitioners of standards-based web design
Venue: Bell Harbor Conference Center, Seattle

With 14 sessions spread over this two-day conference, you’ll learn about code and content, as well as usability and design. Keynote speakers at this fantastic event include Eric Meyer, one of the founding fathers of CSS, and Jeffrey Zeldman, author of Designing With Web Standards and owner of web design studio, Happy Cog.

WebVisions

WebVisions

Conference: WebVisions
Date: May 19th-21st 2010
Entry Cost: TBC
Intended For: Those interested in web design from a business perspective
Venue: Oregon Convention Centre, Portland

The focus for WebVisions 2010, now in its 10th year, is web design, technology, business strategy and innovation. However, you can also expect workshops on web and mobile apps, user experience and video and motion graphics. This great event, which is fun as well as informative, is perfect for networking, with parties and gatherings aplenty over the weekend.

How Design Conference

How Design Conference

Conference: How Design Conference
Date: 6th-9th June 2010
Entry Cost: $1,275 ($1,075 before 12th March)
Intended For: Those wanting to improve their graphic design skills
Venue: Denver Convention Centre, Denver

Create, connect and communicate at the How Design Conference 2010. Debbie Millman, president of the design division at Sterling Brands and president of the AIGA, will be running a session on why we brand and why we buy. How’s workshops are designed to boost creativity and improve your competence across a range of design software.

Flashbelt

Flashbelt

Conference: Flashbelt
Date: 13th-16th June 2010
Entry Cost: $399 ($249 workshop only)
Intended For: Designers who use Adobe Flash
Venue: Holiday Inn Metrodome, Minneapolis

Flashbelt is for all lovers of Flash, from design students (who pay a lower entry fee) to Flash experts. This event is pretty informal (you’ll certainly see more attendees in jeans and T-shirts than shirts and ties here!), but the workshops are all highly educational. Attendees are often exposed to tools and apps of the future.

Adobe MAX 2010

Adobe MAX 2010

Conference: Adobe MAX 2010
Date: 24th-27th October 2010
Entry Cost: TBA
Intended For: All Adobe lovers
Venue: Los Angeles Convention Center

This is a conference for all Adobe fans, bringing together thousands of designers, developers and decision-makers under one roof. Connect with one another face-to-face or through the plethora of screens installed at the LA Convention Center. The 2009 event was a huge success with keynote talks from Adobe experts Ben Forta, Terry White and Greg Rewis.

In Conclusion

Although some of these web design conferences are expensive to attend, they can also be of substantial benefit to you and your business. Life as a web designer, particularly for freelancers, is notoriously solitary: attending a conference allows you to network with others in the industry, open new opportunities, improve your personal and corporate brand as well as drum up some new leads. So, which conference are you going to attend this year?

Tom Walker is a writer and designer who works with a specialist in Epson printer ink, toner and paper based in the UK. You can read more of his work by visiting his site below where he blogs about art and design or follow him on twitter.