Up.front is a monthly meetup
for the web design community in Berlin.
RSVP #77 Tue, Sep 12 2017
8:00pm

Summer break is coming to an end and meetup season is about to kick off yet again! So mark your calendars for Up.front #77 on September 12, invite your friends and prepare for an awesome frontend gathering featuring three fantastic talks at our co-working space of choice and kind supporter co.up. We’re so looking forward to being back for this one. Your Up.front organizer team: Kristina, Max, Alex, Katharina

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    Steffen Dietz Team-friendly Frontend Testing

    Visually testing a demanding design for the frontend is really hard - especially when it comes to cross-device, pixel-perfect quality management. We came up with a bunch of tricks and an open source solution to tame the beast for everyone on the team.

    Steffen is working as a lead developer for the berlin-based digital agency Taikonauten. He’s been in the web game for 18 years and he loves automation and optimization. He also randomly twitters complete nonsense.

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    Mims Wright A Designer’s Guide to Thinking like a Programmer

    Mims will explore how coders employ a plethora of interesting tools to solve problems. In his talk he will present 5 fundamental concepts that software developers use on a daily basis and show how you can apply them to make your designs better and your life easier.

    Mims is a freelance software developer from LA living in Berlin with 16+ years of experience creating websites, games and applications.

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    Ivana McConnell Technology, Community, and Code: Building an Inclusive UX

    In this talk, Ivana will describe how we use tech to build our identities and figure out who we are. We need to be aware of our role as developers and designers in shaping identities as we build our products. It’s critical to understand how code creates communities, online and offline, and how those will be experienced by minorities and the underrepresented— does it marginalise them? Does it enable them to be successful? Let’s learn about those responsibilities, how to be aware of them, and how to build better tech in the process.

    Ivana is a UI/UX designer, born in Sarajevo to a civil engineer-turned-translator and a UN Logistics Officer-turned-software engineer. She fell in love with the web on Geocities and Neopets, and is now based in Vancouver working for Customer.io.

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 #76 Tue, Jun 13 2017
8:00pm

Our absolutely definitely last meetup before our loooong summer break! We’ll have 3 talks covering a broad range of design and development topics. Afterwards, we’ll move for further chats and discussions to Kremanski bar across the street. See you there!

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    Kristina Young I’ve Got An App For That!

    Kristina will give an overview of how different fields around the world are using technology to aid in their tasks. The talk mentions a mix of projects and aims to show the audience how their technical skills can be used in non-traditional applications as well as how their other interests and experiences can be combined with technology.

    Kristina is currently working as a backend engineer on recommendations systems. She is also a blogger with an interest in computational archaeology and some attempts at art and creative writing.

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    Andree Huk Design Is Code, Code Is Design With The New Sketch

    Sketch 43 will revolutionise software design work. The next version of Sketch will have an new file format that allows to read and write .sketch files manually or programatically.
    Andree will show what the implications for our design workflow might be, using and employing the new capabilities. He will try to lay out how it can level the playing field between design and code, how Bohemian Coding might set a new design workflow and standard through a new "design repo". Design and code are moving much closer together. This bears opportunities for designers and engineers and will likely set a new direction for workflow and collaboration.

    As founder of blended.io, Andree focuses on experience design and innovation for international clients, working for fintech and ecommerce startups, as well as corporations and the Mittelstand. Andree organises StartupDodgeball.net and writes on andreehuk.com or Medium.

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    Ulrike Rausch Brush, Ink and Code – The Making of a Font

    Ulrike will show how she designs typefaces and how she builds fonts. She will also demonstrate how nerdy OpenType programming adds just the right analog touch to her handwriting style. You will learn how to use pro fonts like a pro — no matter if you use layout software like Adobe InDesign or a standard word processor like Microsoft Word.

    Ulrike is a Berlin-based type designer and letterer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Design from Potsdam University of Applied Science (Germany). In 2009 Ulrike founded her own type foundry called LiebeFonts, providing high-quality typefaces and hand-crafted letterings with a charming personality and obsessive attention to detail.

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:

  • ✨🌴 July-August: Summer Break!
  • #77 Tue, Sept 12 2017
  • #78 Tue, Oct 10 2017
  • #79 Tue, Nov 14 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.