Up.front is a monthly meetup
for the web design community in Berlin.
RSVP #85 Tue, Nov 13 2018
7:45pm

Our last meetup for 2018 😱 Join us for three talks and get winter-proof for all things visual trends, secure API designs, and browsers. Also, attention companies: This is your last chance to secure a recruiting slot at Up.front before we and all the talent out there go into hibernation.

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    Francesco Bianchi Navigating Visual Trends

    The visual design landscape is in constant motion. Every year new trends emerge shaping new visual aesthetics, UI animations, and navigation patterns. As designers we are unavoidably influenced by them –consciously or not – and often dragged into the discussion about whether to adopt or avoid them. Taking part in this discussion is not only a matter of creativity but implies a broader view that includes questions such as: what do these trends mean in terms of the user experience? How are they perceived outside the design community? And finally, what are the guiding principles while tackling and analyzing these trends?

    Francesco Bianchi is a Visual-Interaction designer at Edenspiekermann Berlin, a global design and consulting firm driven by brand, content and technology. Previously, Francesco worked also at Leftloft (Milan) and Landor (Hamburg). He graduated in Politecnico di Milano and participated in the Data-Shack Program at Harvard University. His work explores and combines different fields, from user experience to graphic design, coding and data visualization.

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    Yulia Startsev RFC-Party #3552

    This will be a lightning talk about RFC #3552 and will cover security recommendations for API designs. It will be very fast, covering the most important topics, just enough to get people feeling empowered to read it themselves.

    Yulia is a developer tools developer at Firefox. She is also a representative at TC39 for Mozilla. She likes standards.

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    Julius Sohn & Julius Gehrig Refresh – A Fresh Approach to the Web Browser

    There’s a new email client out there every other week. But there’s little to no new thought given to one of the most used apps out there: The browser. In this talk Julius and Julius walk us through how they approached their research and their process in designing and prototyping their bachelor thesis project Refresh.

    Julius and Julius met in their first semester at the university of applied sciences Berlin. Since then they have worked together on countless uni projects including their joint thesis ‘Refresh’ published in 2018.

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 7:45pm. 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 #84 Tue, Oct 09 2018
7:45pm

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. She also is a mentor for female students and wants to share her passion for frontend with them.

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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 7:45pm. 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:

  • ### winter break!
  • #86 Tue, Mar 12 2019
  • #87 Tue, Apr 9 2019
  • #88 Tue, May 14 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.