The best design and UX conferences to attend in 2021

Digital conferences continue to be hosted virtually throughout 2021. However, this year we see improved executions of the digital offerings. There is an increased focus on building communities and promoting inclusivity by incorporating interactive elements.
March 17, 2021

Most in-person conferences won't resume until 2022 but here's a look into some of the best virtual design conferences coming up!

Canvas Conference

When: March 15–18

A four-day schedule on all things digital and product. Industry leaders from Google, Bumble, Vodafone, amongst others will be in the speakers panel. Attendees can network at online fireside chats, live Q&As, and roundtables.

UX Copenhagen

When: March 25–26

The conference focuses around the theme  of “Commoning”, there are 15 confirmed speakers as of now. Talka and workshops focus on community-driven design, democratizing design, social initiatives, and celebrating intersectionality and differences.

Information Architecture Conference

When: April 28–30

Information architects, UX designers, content strategists, and other design practitioners gather at this conference each year. This year’s theme “emergence” will focus on how the design world can forge a new vision for the community after an uncertain 2020.

Confab

When: May 5–7

This content strategy conference broadcasts live for three days of storytelling, panel discussions, fireside chats, plus small group discussions. Conference attendees have multiple interaction breaks and will have a dedicated Slack workspace connecting attendees as well.

UXFest

When: Throughout June (with a conference running June 1–3)

UXLondon organizers hoped for a May 2021 in-person event, but the UK lockdown prompted the live gathering’s cancellation.  It starts with a virtual three-day conference, followed by themed talks, masterclasses, and networking events scheduled throughout June. The speaker lineup includes Benjamin Earl Evans, the design lead for Airbnb’s Anti Discrimination Team, and Amy Zima, Spotify’s senior product manager.

UXDX EMEA

When: Oct. 6–8

Organizers are still confirming the speaker lineup of 50 people. The plan is to have a hybrid UXDX EMEA conference, with a Dublin gathering plus online attendance. The conference’s will focus on  helping product, UX, design, and development teams collaborate and build better products faster.

Clarity

When: Oct. 27-29

A three-day conference about design systems. It explores tools and standards touching all platforms and products, sessions will explore diverse perspectives on cross-functional collaboration across engineering, design, and development.

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