If you are finding yourself with some extra free time this summer, it could be a great opportunity to bring some of your skills up to date or learn something new. We found some fun User Experience events coming up in the Los Angeles area you might want to try:

On Thursday, June 13 you can learn about Microinteractions with Dan Saffer at IxDA Los Angeles. “The difference between a good product and a great one are its details: the microinteractions that make up the small moments inside and around features…Bring The Data Forward, Don’t Start From Zero, Use What is Often Overlooked, and Long Loops.”

Silicon Beach Fest June 19-22, will feature ”great innovators sparking collaborations … community support and knowledge sharing.” It only happens every two years so don’t miss the opportunity to meet Lane Halley, Chris Chandler and Jaime Levy in Santa Monica over this four-day event.

A 2-part Workshop on Lean User Testing: How to Write, Implement & Analyze Tests to Improve Your Product will be offered by General Assembly LA on two consecutive Monday nights, July 15 and July 22 from 6-9pm led by Los Angeles based Information Architect Jessica DuVerneay, also in Santa Monica. Earlybird pricing is only available until July 8th.

Artisan Creative will be sponsoring a workshop with Greg Nudelman on Agile Mobile Design on Saturday, July 20. Greg will be talking about how to create best-of-class customer experiences in the native iOS and Android mobile and tablet environments and mobile web. The workshop will be primarily activity-based, focusing on hands-on applications of user-centered design approaches like storyboarding, paper prototypes and practical application of mobile design patterns.

Summer can be the perfect time to make sure your skills are right on the cutting edge. Visit the Artisan website for even more training resources. And if you know of an event you think we should hear about, please get in touch with us via email. We are constantly Tweeting local events in LA and San Francisco for Creative, Marketing, and Tech professionals and we want to hear about yours!

Wendy Stackhouse, for Artisan Creative