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Don't let your 2010 education budget go down the drain. Lock in the best deal now, pay the difference in 2011.

Here's how:
1) Register to any event by December 31st using the "Pay-by-check" option.
2) We'll contact you to pay what you can now (minimum $350).
3) Pay the remaining balance by January 31st.
4) Do a jig that you just worked the system!

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MX 2011: Managing Experiences Across the Web and Beyond
A conference for people who take a leadership role in guiding better experiences into the world.
March 6-7 @ The Intercontinental, San Francisco
Early Bird pricing: $1,295 (through December 31st)

UX Intensive Amsterdam: Our popular four-day workshop for experienced UX folks wanting to take their practice to the next level.
April 18-21 @ Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam
Early Bird pricing: $1,695 all four days | $495 single days (through December 31st)

UX Week: The premier UX conference. Now with more awesome!
August 23-26 @ Mission Bay Conference Center, San Francisco
Early Bird pricing: $1,395 (through December 31st)

The Semantic Web

Today I am giving a talk at the IA Summit about the Semantic Web, called The Semantic Web: What IAs Need to Know About Web 3.0.

It's hosted here on Slideshare:

EuroIA Conference 2008

Tomorrow is the official start of the EuroIA Conference here in Amsterdam. I'm so excited to be able to be a part of it this year!

Adam Greenfield will be giving the opening keynote. I remember first hearing Adam speak at an IA Summit about the issues of IA in the international space, especially as related to the work he had done in Japan. He talk was incredibly insightful and I was able to use some of his ideas in my work at PeopleSoft. He also gave a talk at Adaptive Path when his book Everyware first came out. I always find Adam a very engaging speaker, bringing together points in ways that are insightful and clever and always make me think. I can't wait to hear what he has to say.

There are a slew of great speakers that have be lined up. Some are names that I know from the IA Summit and others are ones I'm looking forward to meeting. There are two tracks each day, and it's going to be hard to chose. I'm on opposite Eric Reiss, tomorrow at 2:30, and will be talking about content analysis and how to really understand all the stuff that builds up on a site.

IA Summit Call for Proposal

Call for Proposals: 10th Annual ASIS&T IA Summit
March 18-22, Memphis, Tennessee, US

The Information Architecture Summit is a premier gathering place for information architects and all those who touch on IA to discuss, share and learn more about information architecture. Last year's IA Summit attracted well over 600 attendees from a wide range of fields, from 21 countries, and from beginners to experienced IAs.

As this will be the 10th IA Summit, we are seeking proposals for presentations, panels, case studies, research papers, posters and pre-conference seminars, hands-on workshops and consortia that address this year's theme: Expanding Our Horizons.

Proposals can stretch this theme by looking back over our history, forward into emerging trends, platforms and technologies, in addition to addressing our core IA principles and the business of IA. The theme is wide open for interpretation and we look forward to seeing proposals that explore the field in ways that interest people most, and from a wide range of backgrounds, disciplines and functions.

Because user experience design is not just about methods and deliverables, but also about getting results for employers and clients, this year we will have a specific track devoted to business, strategy & management.

Building on the tradition from the past two events, we will continue to seek and present research papers that make empirical or theoretical contributions to information architecture. (You do not have to be affiliated with an academic institution to submit a research paper.)

We encourage submissions from both within the field of IA - practitioners, academics and students alike - and the related fields of library science, user experience, interaction design and user-centered design; as well as from those fields and disciplines that go beyond the traditional horizons of IA and the web.

How and when to submit:

For more information about the various tracks and how to submit a proposal, please see:

When: Now! We're currently accepting submissions until October 31st, 2008, if accepted we'll notify you via email during the first two weeks of January 2009.

For more information about the IA Summit and past events, please see:

90 Mobiles in 90 Days Party

Adaptive Path invites you to come celebrate the completion of Rachel Hinman's 90 Mobiles in 90 Days blog project.

WHEN: Wednesday, September 17, 2008 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm

DESCRIPTION: Our resident mobile design strategist, Rachel Hinman, took on the challenge of exploring a new idea for the mobile user experience every day for 90 days. September 17th marks the completion of her project and to celebrate Adaptive Path will be hosting a party that will include a discussion with Rachel about her experience. Come and celebrate!

Read about the project on the AP blog here:

Check out the project site here:

Party info here:

Champagne and nibbles will be provided.
Talk will start promptly at 7:15

Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you there!

WHERE: Adaptive Path
363 Brannan Street
San Francisco, California 94107

Comin' to Austin, Y'all

We've just announced the last date for the UX Intensive workshop series this year. We'll be in Austin, Texas from December 8-11, 2008.

This intermediate-to-advanced workshop series examines the four key elements that contribute to a successful interactive experience: Design Strategy, Design Research, Interaction Design and Information Architecture.

The information architecture day is a deep dive into the wonders of bottom-up IA. We'll look at metadata, controlled vocabularies, how to create vocabularies and apply them. And then how to use all that structure to build innovative interfaces and improve systems such as site search.

As always, use the code FOCF to save 15% off the registration price. Early bird pricing is good through August 31 (which is in addition to my discount code).

BlogHer and the Explosion in My Head

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Wow! My brain has been firing off ideas non-stop ever since I got home from the BlogHer conference last night. I have so many ideas for posts and projects, as well as big chunky thoughts that deserve sitting with and thinking about for awhile. I hardly know where to begin.

Rather than post a conference review, I thought I'd post some quotes I heard throughout the weekend that stuck with me. I tried to capture who spoke the words where I could.

"The universe bows down to the power of women blogging." Jane Goodwin

"It takes a village not just to raise a child, but to nourish the adult. " - Jane Goodwin

"It's karma. It's linky love."

"Writing is not about the words, it's about connecting brains together." - Amy Gahran

"Writing is enforced reflection"

"How you think about writing is as important as the writing itself. It's about the *process*." - Amy Gahran

"I think better through conversation. I don't have to know the answer up front."

"People are more engaged by conversations than monologue." - Amy Gahran

"Blogging is like the mob. I try to get out and they pull me back in." - Mena Trott

I also want to thank the lovely ladies that I had the pleasure of chatting with during and between sessions and over lunches. Some were new faces. Others are dear friends I love so much. You all helped me have a really great experience this year. Thank you.

Almost Time For BlogHer


Next week is the BlogHer conference, here in San Francisco. I attended the first BlogHer conference 3 years. This year Kate asked me if I wanted to go and I said yes. She and I had a blast at the Women in Tech unconference last year.

I'm getting a bit uneasy about BlogHer though, as I remember that it is coming up. The first time I went, I was alone. Sure I met folks, and there were a few people that I knew who were there, but they were wrapped up in their own thang and I felt like a hanger-on for most of it. I've been to conferences by myself before, so I'm not sure what it was that made BlogHer so different.

Maybe it's the fact that I don't really identify myself as being a blogger. I'm not a mommy-blogger (god what a horrible term). I tried focusing this blog on information architecture and it didn't really take. I ending up blogging about things interested in, which is a fractured collection of lots of stuff. And my blog reflects that. It's not anything to be ashamed about, and yet in a way that's what I feel. I'm not making money off my blogs. I haven't started an OmniMedia company around it. I'm happy when my logs hit 20 views in a day.

I look at the women who are into the whole BlogHer thing and I feel like a big fat nothing next to them. Which is crazy because my life is full in a million other ways. I don't know... I guess I'm just starting to worry that it will be a depressing two days for me. I'm not 100% sure what I'm looking to get out of the conference. I guess to get inspired. Maybe meet folks. Perhaps I need to figure out that first, and then put the energy into making those things happen.

European Tour 2008

Watch out, here I come! I just booked my plane ticket, so it is now official. I am flying to Amsterdam on Sept 24 (arriving the 25). I'll be speaking at the EuroIA Conference Sept 26-27 in Amsterdam.

The next thing on the agenda is UX Intensive Copenhagen Oct 13-16. (Register before the price goes up June 30 and be sure to use the code FOCF to save an extra 15%!)

Sandwiched between those two events is two weeks of lovely, lovely vacation. E and I haven't been on a proper vacation (e.g., one that doesn't involve family and is longer than 3 days) since we went to Maui in 2005.

Right now we are thinking of getting a houseboat for a week+ in Amsterdam and just relax and get to know the city really well. We really enjoyed our short trip there last year. We know we want to take the train to Copenhagen and have a few days there together before E goes home and I go to UX Intensive. But what else shall we do? More time in Denmark? Should we get off the train and explore Germany? We're thinking possibly a few days in Berlin.

The major goal of this time is to relax. We definitely want to see the sights, but it's not going to be a rush-rush-must-see-EVERYTHING kind of trip. It's so exciting!

You Can Still Save Money on UXI

It's not to late to sign up for Adaptive Path's UX Intensive workshop series June 16-19 in Minneapolis, MN. We're taking a break over the summer and then will be in Copenhagen, Denmark in October and back in the States in Austin in December (dates for both of those are still being finalized).

UX Intensive is an awesome 4-day workshop series. You can come to any combination of days that suit your interests. Each day is jam packed with lessons, stories from the field, tips, tricks, and methods that you can take back to work and put into practice. The topics include:

  • Design Strategy with Brandon Schauer

  • Design Research with Todd Wilkens

  • Information Architecture with yours truly and Leah Buley

  • Interaction Design with Dan Saffer and Kim Lenox

It's going to be a great week. You can still save on your registration by using the code FOCF. Get's you 15% off the registration price. Hope to see you there!

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