UX Australia 2009

UX Australia 2009 program – Guiding principles

Before we called for proposals, we prepared a set of guiding principles for the development of the conference program.

The key principle is that presentations should focus on practice, and should be grounded in experience. A presentation may be a case study about a particular project, or about something you have learned across projects. It should not be an idea you have about how something should happen, or about which you have no experience.

Presentations should describe interesting problems and how you solved them. You do not need to have been successful – many lessons are better learned from failure. You also do not need to have completed a project – your presentation may be about an interesting problem within a project.

Presentations may be about web projects or user experience projects in the physical world. Indeed, as we know that a lot of presentation proposals will be about web projects, we will be actively encouraging proposal from outside the web.

Presentations should not be overly academic. Research findings are acceptable as long as they are, again, grounded in practice.

There will be no sales pitches for products; or presentations that primarily describe a service offering of a company. Sponsors do not get an automatic right to present.

Presentation topics

Presentations should be about some aspect of user experience design – that is, about creating a deliberate experience for people to interact with an object, system or space.

This may include:

  • designing an experience by yourself or in a team
  • observing people involved in an experience
  • using a particular approach to improving or communicating user experience design

Presentation approach

Main conference presentations may be:

  • one or more people talking about a project
  • a panel discussion about a topic
  • a demonstration of a technique

Pre-conference workshops should be practical or in-depth exploration of a topic.