Announcing UX London 2022

For the past two years, all of Clearleft’s events have been online. Like everyone else running conferences, we had to pivot in the face of The Situation.

In hindsight, it’s remarkable how well those online events went. This was new territory for everyone—speakers, attendees, and organisers.

UX Fest was a real highlight. I had the pleasure of hosting the event, giving it my Woganesque best. It was hard work, but it paid off.

Still, it’s not quite the same as gathering together with your peers in one place for a shared collective experience. I’ve really been missing in-person events (and from what I’ve seen in people’s end-of-year blog posts, I’m not alone).

That’s why I’m absolutely thrilled that UX London is back in 2022! Save the dates; June 28th to 30th. We’ve got a new venue too: the supremely cool Tobacco Dock.

This is going to be a summertime festival of design. It’ll be thought-provoking, practical, fun, and above all, safe.

It feels kind of weird to be planning an in-person event now, when we’re just emerging from The Omicron Variant, but putting on UX London 2022 isn’t just an act of optimism. It’s a calculated move. While nothing is certain, late June 2022 should be the perfect time to safely gather the UX community again.

It’s a particularly exciting event for me. Not only will I be hosting it, this time I’m also curating the line-up.

I’ve curated conference line-ups before: dConstruct, Responsive Day Out, and Patterns Day. But those were all one-day events. UX London is three times as big!

It’s a lot of pressure, but I’m already extremely excited about the line-up. If my plan comes together, this is going to be an unmissable collection of mindbombs. I’ve already got some speakers confirmed so keep an eye on the website, Twitter or sign up for the newsletter to get the announcements as when they happen.

The format of UX London has been honed over the years. I think it’s got just the right balance.

Each day has a morning of inspiring talks—a mixture of big-picture keynotes and punchy shorter case studies. The talks are all on a single track; everyone shares that experience. Then, after lunch, there’s an afternoon of half-day workshops. Those happen in parallel, so you choose which workshop you want to attend.

I think this mixture of the inspirational and the practical is the perfect blend. Your boss can send you to UX London knowing that you’re going to learn valuable new skills, but you’ll also leave with your mind expanded by new ideas.

Like I said, I’m excited!

Naturally, I’m nervous too. Putting on an event is a risky endeavour at the best times. Putting an event after a two-year pandemic is even more uncertain. What if no one comes? Maybe people aren’t ready to return to in-person events. But I can equally imagine the opposite situation. Maybe people are craving a community gathering after two years of sitting in front of screens. That’s definitely how I’m feeling.

If you’re feeling the same, then join me in London in June. Tickets are on sale now. You can get three-day early-bird pass, or you can buy a ticket for an individual day. But I hope you’ll join me for the whole event—I can’t wait to see you there!

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Previously on this day

11 years ago I wrote Linkrotting

The difference between being on the web and being archived.

13 years ago I wrote Microprinter has a posse

Get your hack on.

15 years ago I wrote Web Directions North, day one

Good talks, good people.

16 years ago I wrote Panel discussion at The Future Of Web Apps summit

Apparently, there’s going to be a big announcement from Feedburner.

16 years ago I wrote Steffen Meschkat at The Future Of Web Apps summit

The Googleman talks Ajax.

16 years ago I wrote Ryan Carson at The Future Of Web Apps summit

Ryan talks about Dropsend and building web apps on a budget.

16 years ago I wrote Andrew Shorten at The Future Of Web Apps summit

The man from Adobe pimps Flex.

16 years ago I wrote Shaun Inman at The Future Of Web Apps summit

The Wolf talks about minty APIs.

16 years ago I wrote David Heinemeier Hansson at The Future Of Web Apps summit

The creator of Rails gets geeky.

16 years ago I wrote Tom Coates at The Future Of Web Apps summit

The blogger recently acquired by Yahoo! talks about Web 2.0

16 years ago I wrote Cal Henderson at The Future Of Web Apps summit

Cal talks about the lessons of Flickr.

16 years ago I wrote Joshua Schachter at The Future Of Web Apps summit

A running commentary on the talk from the founder of

20 years ago I wrote Axis of Just As Evil

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20 years ago I wrote Patently Absurd

Here’s a great article by science writer, James Gleick on the ludicrous mess that is the US Patent Office: "Patently Absurd".