Up.front is a monthly meetup
for the web design community in Berlin.
RSVP #72 Tue, Feb 14 2017
8:00pm

After a well deserved hibernation season, Up.front is finally back for a row of exciting meetups in 2017: Every 2nd Tuesday at Co.Up, the co.working space of our choice.

To set the bar for an amazing year to come, we’re very excited to announce our 72nd meetup with a great lineup of three speakers, willing to share with us what they know, how they came to wrap their head around it and maybe even what they haven’t figured out yet. Let’s listen, put our heads together and discuss frontend, game design and more.

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    Yoshua Wuyts Getting Started With Choo

    "Performant" and "easy" are not mutually exclusive. In this talk Yosh will explain how to go from writing plain HTML and CSS to running a clean unidirectional JavaScript app. No heavy frontend skills are needed, just a bit of knowledge in HTML, CSS and JS.

    Yosh is a creative engineer who loves all things computer, but loves hanging out even more. Current obsession is Rust and distributed systems, but he tends to do JS from time to time too.

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    Allan Cudicio What the Heck is Game Design?

    Most people have at least vague idea of what a UI or industrial designer do... but game designers? What the heck do they do? Even other designers struggle with this. In his talk Allan will explain what these designers do and how they are contributing to the current tech & media landscape.

    Allan Cudicio is Game Designer at King. Previously involved in the business side of software development, he has now switched to full time design of mobile games.

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 #71 Tue, Nov 08 2016
8:00pm

Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes: Empathy is key in order to create great user experiences, but also to become a better frontend developer, and ultimately to keep learning and pass your knowledge on. In our November edition we’ll learn about understanding novice tech users, hear about how to make educated decisions about which framework to use, and look into how teaching helps us to learn on the fly.

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    Ally Long Designing Apps for Tech Newbies

    Tech newbies? Where does one find them? It’s not easy, even in the developing world, to find people who don’t use a smartphone. But they’re out there, and Ally has been making mobile apps for some of these novice tech users in various West African countries. In this talk she’ll share some of the lessons she’s learnt along the way about how people who’ve been introduced to technology very recently - usually through cheap, second-hand, car-battery-powered devices - respond to new and shiny ways of interacting with machines.

    Ally is a designer and front-end developer at eHealth Africa. She splits her time there between creating mobile app interfaces for novice tech users in West Africa, and designing data visualisations for disease surveillance dashboards.

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    Florian Stolzenhain Getting Over Frameworks Without Making an Ass of Yourself

    Florian knows you can only despise things you actually have some relation to. So instead of going on a rant, he’ll analyze the context of Bootstrap, and will take a critical look at frontend frameworks in general. His talk will feature opinions about: gut feeling, putting yourself in someone else’s position, and negative margins.

    Florian is a graphic designer turned frontend nerd and Drupal sitebuilder. He is a co-founder of FUK and works at Compuccino.

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    Yulia Startsev Learning by Teaching

    How does one go about teaching someone something? In this short talk, Yulia will present her experiences of learning on the fly by helping people teach themselves.

    Yulia is a frontend developer at bitcrowd

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:

  • #72 Tue, Feb 14 2017
  • #73 Tue, Mar 14 2017
  • #74 Tue, Apr 11 2017

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.