Addison, Texas - September 4-6, 2014

Phil Tippett, Academy Award and Oscar winner
GUEST SPEAKER Phil Tippett, Academy Award and Oscar winner You know his special effects work from Star Wars, Robocop, Jurassic Park, Starship Troopers and the Twilight series.
Do not miss his talk! Tickets will go fast!


It's our 6th year. Bigger and better than ever!

We have a fantastic lineup of industry leaders, great sponsors, and fun stuff to do. Come hob-nob with Designers, Gamers, Film Makers, Content Strategists, Social Media Experts, Entrepreneurs, Coders and Mobile Developers in Addison,Texas (North Dallas area) to swap tips, tricks, and stories.

About 1,000 of your closest friends from across the country and around the world will gather to present theories and share research, experiences, and best practices with students, professionals, and executives looking to stay on the bleeding edge. This conference is a great place to make new connections.

Pre-Conference Workshops

Get hands on experience learning new techniques that you can take back to the office. Each of these workshops are held all day Thursday Sept 4th and sold separately from the conference ticket:

WORKSHOP OPTION 1:Prototyping Essentials by Jo Anne Wright.Back by popular demand, Jo Anne Wright teaches the essentials of rapidly creating prototypes using Axure RP. Last year, this workshop sold out. We have just 50 seats in this hands-on intense workshop. In this workshop, Jo Anne will guide you through a series of fundamental exercises that you can use to build out your next product. Jo Anne has used Axure for over 10 years. She creates the interactive prototypes and uses them for usability testing.

WORKSHOP OPTION 2:Usability in a Day by Cory Lebson.Cory Lebson is the President of the User Experience Professionals Association. In addition, he has conducted over 100 user research and usability studies with major clients. Cory helped to design and research rapid response for FEMA in the years following Hurricane Katrina. Cory will be teaching a variety of usability techniques in a fast-paced, fun-filled workshop.

Workshops are sold separately. The sell out every year. Get on it!


  • Stephen Anderson (author of Seductive Interactions)
  • Burin Asavesna (Mobile Developer, Trip Case
  • Matt Baxter (UX Architect, projekt202
  • Alan Baumgarten (UX Designer, AIrline Solutions
  • Candy Bernhardt (Director, Juice Labs
  • Tom Bowen (President, Web Site Optimizers)
  • Tony Cecala (Wordpress Guru)
  • Lissa Duty (Social Marketing Coach, LissaDuty.com)
  • Jeremy Johnson (UX Director, projekt202)
  • Benjamin Judy (UX Designer, Intuit)
  • Jon Kolko (author of Wicked Problems)
  • Cory Lebson (President, User Experience Professionals Association)
  • Chelsea Maxwell (Teaching Assistant, UTD)
  • Preston McCauley (CEO, Project Storytime)
  • Sean Moubry (DIrector, Sabre)
  • John Nossal (CEO of SEO, Nossal Central)
  • Brad Nunnally (author, Designing the Conversation)
  • Amy Silvers (IA, NASDAQ)
  • Nathan Smith (Developer, projekt202)
  • Dan Sturdivant (Content Strategy, Speakeasy)
  • Ken Tabor (Developer, TripCase)
  • Russ Unger (author of Guerilla Research Methods)
  • Michael Vaughn (UX Designer, Citi)
  • Brandon Ward (Designer, Improving Enterprises)
  • Jeff Whitfield (Developer, Refresh Dallas)
  • Jo Anne Wright (Prototyping Guru)

Two-Day Conference Schedule

With four insightful keynote speakers and 70 talks ranging from web, mobile, inspirational design, usability, social media, game design, film-making, code development, search engine optimization, content strategy, and instructional design, you are guaranteed to never be bored.

If that isn't enough, there are several tradeshow booths and an Artist Alley to peruse at your leisure. You are sure to connect with someone new and strike up a good conversation.

Did we mention lunch is included on Friday and Saturday with your paid ticket? Oh yeah, and evening parties with fun events like our casino night. We are rolling out the names of speakers and talk titles one group at a time. Take advantage of early bird pricing before all the cats are out of the bag!


Crowne Plaza in Addison, a beatiful North Dallas suburb.
Addison Texas

Welcome to Addison Texas -
The perfect spot for 3 days of learning!

This year is our 6th year to bring to Texas an exciting array of industry-changing, design and usability thinking from all over the nation. Big Design couldn't contain all the great stuff we wanted to bring to the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in three days, so for our 6th year we just had to expand the conference to three days; we found it only fitting.

Held this year in the fun-loving town of Addison, Texas which is centrally located and near most every major highway for convenient hops around Dallas. But with so many activities and comfortable digs at the elegant Crowne Plaza, Addison, we think you'll want to hang around all the goings-on that Big Design has to offer.

Stay at the elegant Crown Plaza Hotel at Big Design

Addison Crown Plaza Meetings

We couldn't be happier with our venue this year for Big Design at The Crown Plaza. But even though their conference spaces and meeting rooms are huge, their accommodations and warm hospitality will have you understanding why they say everything is bigger in Texas.

Book now for all three days and get a great rate, while meeting up with all of your favorite conference speakers and general braniacs. Who knows, maybe you'll end up sharing a croissant with a Pixar artist or Academy Award Winner at breakfast in the Atrium Lounge.

More about Crowne Plaza


We have an amazing list of sponsors this year. Some are giving away great attendee gifts which you can use on the job. Really excited to partner with these good folks!

Titanium Sponsors

  • City of Addison

Platinum Sponsors

  • Active Network
  • Capital One

Gold Sponsors

  • Adobe
  • The Creative Group
  • Silver Sponsors

    • Improving Enterprises
    • Moo
    • Slalom Consulting
    • University of Texas at Dallas

    Silver Sponsors

    • Basalmiq Mockups
    • TechSmith Corporation