A Sign of Spring Appears as MinneWebCon 2011 Nears

minnewebconYou know we’re turning the corner when it’s time to start thinking about MinneWebCon again!

On April 11th, Minnesota’s fourth annual regional conference covering Web design and standards, content management and strategy, user experience, and social networking will take place at the University of Minnesota’s Continuing Education and Conference Center.

Largely a grassroots initiative produced by a core group of U of M staff & alumni, the gathering is a full day, three-track conference with a practical blend of technical and creative knowledge from industry practitioners and educators.   In addition to the educational value, attendees can anticipate a high concentration of graphic artists, UX and front-end developers to be present.

“I think you’ve got us pegged right, in that we favor the designer in our audience,” admits director Kristofer Layon. “And by that I mean web designers as generalists, who are passionate about both the art and the science of the web. The code as well as the visual and human experience.”

MinneWebCon 2010 drew a crowd of 290 attendees with featured keynotes by Kristina Halvorson, CEO and founder of Brain Traffic, and developer, engineer and author Wendy Chisholm.  The previous years keynotes were from Doc Searls and Bruce Schneier.

Minnewebcon 2011 Keynotes:

Silicon Valley’s Luke Wroblewski is the author of two popular Web design books (Web Form Design and Site-Seeing: A Visual Approach to Web Usability) and many articles about mobile experience and digital product design and strategy. He is also a consistently top-rated speaker at conferences and companies around the world, and a co-founder and former Board member of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA).

Locals Nancy Lyons and Meghan Wilker, also known as the Geek Girls, launched the Geek Girls Guide in January 2008 as a place to publish their perspective on the interactive industry and demystify technology for non-technical audiences. In doing so, they help bridge the gap between clients and consultants, and are highly regarded for helping designers and developers build stronger relationships with their clients.

“The visibility is noticeably increasing year to year…even looking at the breakout sessions, we draw proposals from across the US,” Layon notes, pointing to O’Reilly author Christopher Schmitt who will be discussing HTML5 design by way of Austin, Texas.

Registration opened yesterday, early bird is through Feb 25 ($100 — $200) and in less than a day, the event is already 13% full towards 300 mark.  “We’re deliberately not letting it get bigger, we just want to get better,” Layon says.