Big (D)esign has come and gone. I was fortunate to be part of the planning team that put this successful (yes, I can now call it that now ;-) conference. Over the past months, I was able to see behind the scenes of the conference: event planning, sponsorship, contacting speakers, scheduling, logistics - and got to play a part in many of these activities. It was great to see people from UPA, Dallas Refresh, and IxDA (among others) come together to put this together - that and the 500+ people who ended up attending!
In the past Dallas had been home to a couple of User Experience conference, we've had Wemaster Jam, Design Thinking, and Forrester had a Customer Experience Forum here last year. But none of these were happening in 2009. While Dallas may not have any UX focused conferences, we have an abundance of local clubs. I really mean abundance... Depending on what you're interested in, you could literally go to a meeting about every night.
Dallas Refresh, UPA, IxDA, DSVC, AIGA, Adobe, Microsoft, Java, Ruby, Facebook Dev Garage, Mobile Monday, iPhone Dev, Social Media Club, the list could go on and on. That's not counting special community events, like DevHouse, HackDay, BarCamp, etc...
Dallas really does have a really good, supportive community of Designers, Developers, Usability Professionals, and many others in User Experience related fields.
If you missed Big (D)esign, here's a quick video I put together to learn a little more:
And of course we had an afterparty ;-)
If you want even more! Here are some photo galleries on Flickr:
I hope if you're in the Dallas area, that you join in and become part of the community, join a club, attend a meeting, volunteer, share your knowledge, and continue to watch our community grow!