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Donna (Maurer) Spencer, author of the forthcoming Rosenfeld Media book on card sorting, will be speaking at Web Directions South in Melbourne on May 16. The organizers have been kind enough to provide friends of Rosenfeld Media with a discount on the registration fee; details (including the discount code) follow:

Conference: Web Directions User Experience - Melbourne
When: May 15 and 16 2008
Where: Melbourne Town Hall

A one-day two-track conference, plus optional extra day of workshops, focusing on the concepts, technologies and techniques for building great user experiences on the web: interaction design, usability and testing, user research and ethnography, Ajax and Javascript, content, designing for email and mobile and more.

Speakers include Rosenfeld Media author Donna (Maurer) Spencer, as well as Robert Hoekman Jr (Miskeeto), Andy Budd (Clearleft) and many others.

Special offer: register with the promo code "Rosenfeld" before April 25 to secure your ticket for just $AU445.

Visit our updated events page to learn where Rosenfeld Media authors will be presenting next.

Over the past year or two, we've been working on a new service for the user experience, and it's now ready for you to use and, more importantly, participate in. It's called UX Zeitgeist, and our goal is to profile the books that the UX community uses, and the books that they want to see published.

All it takes is getting a lot of people in the UX community to answer three simple questions. We take your answers and aggregate them with information from a host of other UX-related sites. The results include some potentially wonderful benefits, ranging from a communally-developed and ranked library of UX books, an index of UX topics that the community is wondering about, and information on UX people that's useful for research and egosurfing alike. You can track all sorts of information by charts that show trends, and there are RSS feeds galore.

Want to try it out? Please do; it's free. Want to participate? Let us know; it should only take you a few minutes. Want to learn more? Watch the video on YouTube (it's short: 5:44) or right here:

Adaptive Path hearts Rosenfeld Media (see yesterday's announcement). So does A List Apart. They're providing a discount to friends of Rosenfeld Media to attend their wonderful An Event Apart conferences, the design conference "for people who make websites". Luke Wroblewski, Liz Danzico, and Lou Rosenfeld are RMers who've spoken at An Event Apart, and we've all enjoyed an excellent experience as both presenters and attendees.

This is truly a great value, and it's even better with the Rosenfeld Media discount. Use code AEASKLR to save $200 off at the An Event Apart site. We hope to see you at one of this year's AEA conferences:

  • Boston: June 23/24
  • San Francisco: August 18/19
  • Chicago: October 13/14

Our colleagues at Adaptive Path would like to provide friends of Rosenfeld Media with a discount to the Managing Experience conference. MX San Francisco is coming up very soon (April 20-22); don't miss your chance to hear wonderful presentations from such luminaries as Matt Jones and RM board member Nathan Shedroff. You can learn more here; use discount code MXRM to receive 10% off the registration price.