An Event Apart Chicago is a three-day conference with 17 sessions and an intense focus on digital design, UX, content, code, and more, giving you deep insights into where we are now and where things are going next.
An Event Apart (AEA) attendees are UX professionals, developers, and designers—including interaction designers, graphic designers, and UI designers. Moreover, project managers, writer/editors, marketers, strategists, and even site owners and clients also attend AEA. This wide spectrum of roles speaks to the uniquely comprehensive and multi-disciplinary nature of this single-track event.
AEA attendees, like other conference attendees, want to improve job skills and make new community and business connections in an intense and fun environment. AEA attendees have that gleam in their eye that comes from the belief that through advocacy and hard work they can make a meaningful difference.
AEA attendees are…
- Professional craftspeople:
They keep up with best practices by reading leading authors’ books on design, code, and usability, and by reading leading and emerging websites about web design. Often, they’ll be the person at their company who got everyone thinking seriously about CSS-based design or content strategy.
- Passionate practitioners:
They care deeply about not only doing a job well but doing it right. They care if their web page forms are usable, if their content is findable and invites reading, if their code is optimized and contingency-ready—and view it as almost a personal affront when it isn’t.
- Looking for both inspiration and instruction:
They want to take actionable ideas back to the office when the event is over, re-energized by new ideas and techniques that they can use to boost their work to a new level.
- Hungry for what comes next:
They’re aware of what’s going on in the field now and even have some idea of what’s on the way, but want to hear from leaders in the field about what they see coming and how to cope with the changes.