Up.front is a monthly meetup
for the web design community in Berlin.
RSVP #84 Tue, Oct 09 2018
8:00pm

For our October meetup we’ll go back to what upfront is all about: Being interdisciplinary and connecting designers and developers! Our three speakers will cover topics from design systems over design workshop facilitation all the way to useful frontend development tips and tricks.

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    Kathrin How to Rule with Design Systems

    In Kathrin’s talk the audience will learn one way to set up and work with a design system with the help of React and Storybook. The talk starts with the idea behind using a design system. It focuses on how the setup with Storybook as a development environment is working. It also shows some hands-on examples on how to build and use components with it.

    Kathrin has been working as a frontend engineer for more than 10 years. Currently she helps saving the environment by building a design system for a foundation that focusses on renewable energies.

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    Magda Bocheńska The Art and Craft of Workshop Facilitation

    Design workshops are one of the most important assets in the designer’s toolkit, but do we give them enough credit and attention? Meetings design is a craft in itself and requires a diverse skillset - from experience design to psychology and understanding group dynamics. Magda will share a bit of a context of why these different skills matter (and why it’s not just about inviting different people and giving them the agenda) and let the audience learn from her experience (and past mistakes). If you ever struggled with making the participants involved in a co-creative design session or if you prefer to just stay at your computer and gather the feedback from others on Slack - this talk is for you.

    Since 2013, Magda has led various UX projects and processes, co-managed a digital strategy for a governmental culture institution and designed her own framework of a service design sprint for an aviation agency. With 5+ years of experience in designing digital experiences, she holds a skillset combined of design techniques, technical and programming skills and passion for psychology.

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    Stefan Judis I didn’t know that

    Web development is a constant journey of new technologies and new things to learn. A year ago Stefan started documenting and sharing all the tiny things that he didn’t know before and stopped being anxious about others thinking that he’s not smart. In this talk he’ll tell you what he learned!

    Stefan started programming 7 years ago and quickly fell in love with web performance, new technologies, and accessibility. He is also a curator of the web performance online resource Perf Tooling, organizer of the Web Performance Meetup Berlin, contributes to a variety of open source projects and enjoys sharing nerdy discoveries.

Up.front is a free event, and you do not have to register anywhere. However it gets packed sometimes. Doors open at 7:30pm, talks start at 8:00pm. Arrive on time to make sure you get a seat! After the talks there’s time for conversations with tasty drinks or snacks at Kremanski, a cosy coffeeshop and bistro just around the corner from our venue.
We always need volunteers who help us to prepare the venue (and build it back after the meetups). This takes ca. 15 minutes and is fun – arrive at 7pm if you want to help us.

Accessibility: If you would like to use the elevator, please tweet @upfront_ug when you arrive.

You are required to follow our code of conduct.

View on meetup.com #83 Tue, Sep 11 2018
8:00pm

The days are getting shorter and the evenings (slightly) colder, so it’s time for the first Upfront meetup of this fall season! 🍁🍂🎃

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    Bastian Gruber Remove Your Ego From Product Development

    In his talk, Bastian will share common obstacles inside a product team. To truly succeed, without burning out along the way, but ideas and product features into focus. Let the features talk instead of you.

    Bastian is a freelance software developer and experienced a lot of pitfalls during the development process and why people get frustrated.

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    Michael Pieracci Communication =/≠/&//+/- Documentation

    Michael would like to share some recent insights about how our tools and ways of working facilitate Communication and/or Documentation. He hopes this might add a new awareness to our day-to-day work in keeping people and projects both peaceful and productive.

    Michael is a Californian living in Berlin since 2013. He has many years experience in project management, most often with small teams with developers and designers. On the side he photographs, travels, drinks tea, and watches Star Trek.

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    Tamara Lopez Breit Establishing the UX Research Practice in a Digital Product Company

    We’ll discuss the evolution of user research within a company, and why becoming user-centric starts from inside. Tamara has been working at GetYourGuide for just over a year. She will share insights into her role, lessons learned and the constant drive within the company to put a human face on the people who use their products. According to the UX maturity level of your company, different changes and levels of expertise are required (that’s why this can last for years.) Addressing company culture is fundamental to success.

    Tamara Lopez Breit works as a UX researcher at GetYourGuide, being the first member of Research Team, she is establishing processes and advocating for research within the company. Previously, she worked as a UX consultant for agencies and startups in Europe and LATAM. She was a lecturer of UX at the university for 2 and a half years in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she is from.

Up.front is a free event, and you do not have to register anywhere. However it gets packed sometimes. Doors open at 7:30pm, talks start at 8:00pm. Arrive on time to make sure you get a seat! After the talks there’s time for conversations with tasty drinks or snacks at Kremanski, a cosy coffeeshop and bistro just around the corner from our venue.
We always need volunteers who help us to prepare the venue (and build it back after the meetups). This takes ca. 15 minutes and is fun – arrive at 7pm if you want to help us.

Accessibility: If you would like to use the elevator, please tweet @upfront_ug when you arrive.

You are required to follow our code of conduct.

Submit A Talk Next Upcoming Events

Up.front happens every month (except during our summer and winter breaks), usually on the second Tuesday of the month. The next Up.front meetups are scheduled for:

  • #84 Tue, Oct 9 2018
  • #85 Tue, Nov 13 2018
  • ### winter break!
  • #86 Tue, March 12 2019

We are always looking for interesting topics and new perspectives. If you are interested in speaking at Up.front, you are welcome to submit a talk.