Up.front is a monthly meetup
for the web design community in Berlin.
RSVP #67 Tue, May 10 2016
8:00pm

Nine days should be sufficient for Kreuzberg to clean itself up after its customary annual First of May riot/festival, so you won’t have to wade through a knee-deep mass of unconscious revelers to reach up.front number 67! And since the holiday is international workers’ day, our two talks so far are, serendipitously, about how we work! If you’ve got a third, get in touch!

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    Emanuele Libralato Stop looking for designers, become one! On "Why developers need to learn design"

    There has been a huge buzz in the last 1-2 years around the topic that "Everyone should learn how to code" and more specifically that "Designers should learn how to code". Why is this not happening the other way around? Can brainstorming, user research, personas and design thinking change the way we write software? Can we adopt the same army-knives used by design agencies and freelancers to speed up the development of Software or to better prioritise some features over others?

    Emanuele Libralato is a technologist, currently based in Berlin. His background is in Software Engineering and he’s interested in investigating intersections: between Art, Technology and Design. Between Analog and Digital worlds. He likes to play with technology, he’s in love with natural interfaces and believes in a future without touch-screens. Currently freelancing and co-founder at joinrs.com

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    Thomas Lobinger Working Backwards

    No, NOT walking backwards - this is not a talk about the King of Pop. Working backwards is a process Thomas uses to ensure his team does the right thing. This talk is a reply – or rather an addition – to Matteo Cavucci’s talk about user stories at Up.front #65. His goal is to share one way on how to create not just a conversation starter but a document that helps you to always focus on your customer. This approach allows you to launch and drive many different types of projects. These projects can be as big as founding a movie studio, develop drones to deliver packages, or change how companies think about IT infrastructure.

    Currently Thomas works with a small team of developers and designers in Berlin and Seattle. They are working on changing how we all can create and maintain complex web applications better.

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 #66 Tue, Apr 12 2016
8:00pm

It’s April! And as the German saying goes, April does whatever it wants. We, on the other hand, will do exactly what you expect us to do, which is organising our 66th meetup. This time we will hear talks about intercultural apsects of interface design and a thing called DesignOps. Very interesting!

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    Fabian Fabian What is DesignOps?

    "DesignOps connects design goals with engineering requirements by providing culture, conventions and tools"

    Well, there a are probably a million other insufficient ways to express its scope in tweet-length, but more importantly: DesignOps a thing now and we need your help to shape it and define it!

    In his talk, Fabian will share the why of DesignOps, where the term is coming from and where the whole idea could go. Maybe he can even get you excited to join the expedition.

    Fabian is an UX/Ix/UI Designer and Developer at Jimdo. He co-founded and developed things like the Agile Design Camp, the UX Camp Hamburg and Github from Scratch. He likes to do sketchnotes and is currently developing his first workshop.

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    Stefanie Kegel Intercultural Aspects of Interface Design

    Today it's very common for companies to design global websites and applications. This means people with many different cultural backgrounds will use your product. How can we as designers & consultants take care of people's needs & goals and business goals when creating something for a global, cultural diverse audience like e.g. China and the US ? What do we need to consider if we do not have the resources to do a detailed user research for all the cultural diverse user groups? We will take a look at Hofstede's theory about cultural dimensions which could be applied to elements in User Interface Design and which can serve as a starting point and a rough guideline when we design for people with very different cultural backgrounds.

    Stefanie is the co-founder of "The Geekettez", a small design studio with a focus on user experience consulting and interaction design. She has graduated in interactive media design and currently studies Psychology on a part time basis because of her interest in human behaviour, motivations, and social psychology.

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:

  • #67 Tue, May 10 2016
  • #68 Tue, Jun 14 2016
  • #69 Tue, Sept 13 2016
  • #70 Tue, Oct 11 2016

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.