Up.front is a monthly meetup
for the web design community in Berlin.
RSVP #73 Tue, Mar 14 2017
8:00pm

While we did ponder doing a meetup on whittling your own canoe or coordinating the selling of your belongings and your subsequent escape to a place where it doesn’t constantly rain, we did come around in the end and focused on the task at hand.

In the words of Stanley Kubrick: "However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light", and that’s especially true during the end of winter in Berlin. So, please join us in welcoming our luminous luminaries, our illuminatingly bright speakers who will, and please excuse us if we’re belabouring this theme, enlighten you with new knowledge from all corners of the design and tech scenes:

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    Vuk Trifkovic Screenshots, Sticky Dots and Sketches: Compressed Design Sprints

    In this talk Vuk will share his experience with a "shortened" version of the Design Sprint. Despite its increasingly high profile, it is not always possible to run a "by the book" version of the Design Sprint. To get around this obstacle, Vuk would like to share some of his experience of running compressed versions of Design Sprints - to gather critical insight from the team, build consensus and avoid the HiPPO anti-pattern.

    Vuk is Product Management Lead at BCG Digital Ventures. Vuk joined his first startup back in 2002, while finishing his graduate research in GIS in Archaeology. Since then he has been working in London and Berlin on the connected car app Vimcar, Rocket Internet’s real estate marketplace Lamudi, property search engine Nestoria and loyalty platform Bonusbox.

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    Christine Lariviere Nostalgia in the Age of Social Media: Identity as Artifact

    Nostalgia is a sentimentality for the past, which may be expressed through certain consumerist behaviours: the collection and accumulation of memorabilia. In her talk, Christine asks: how do we satisfy our nostalgic impulses in the ephemeral digital age?

    Christine is a social media strategist with a data-driven approach. She focuses on community building and engagement, while also leveraging social media for lead generation.

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    Marie LeBlanc Flanagan To be announced

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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 #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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    Valentina Montagna Design principles for everyday life problems

    If you have a friend who’s a designer, you’ve seen it in action: the 24-hours-365-days-a-year obsession designers have with how humans interact with the word. You’ve seen your friend creeping on you while you do the simplest action. You’ve seen that frown on their forehead, when they’re taking a mental note of what you’ve done; like that “explains E V E R Y T H I N G.” That’s because designers consider everything in their life and surrounding them a design problem, making design a filter to process reality. And you know what? Design principles can explain life, even to you.

    Valentina is a full stack designer with more than ten years of experience in the field. With a solid background in typography and basic design, she worked for the last four years as an independent product designer, building websites and web apps from static mock-ups to their implementation. In 2015 she joined Bandcamp as UI/UX designer, where she can support the thing she loves the most, music, doing the thing she’s best at: design.

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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.

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.