Up.front is a monthly meetup
for the web design community in Berlin.
RSVP #70 Tue, Oct 11 2016
8:00pm

In October we’ll meet for the 70th time!

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    Harry Keller Things Never Turn Out The Way You Expect

    Almost a year ago Harry and three friends decided to found a new digital product and branding studio, called diesdas.digital. They thought they had it all figured out, but then everything turned out quite differently. Nevertheless (or because of that) it’s been going rather well and Harry will share a couple of early findings, which should be relevant for pretty much everyone working in digital.

    Harry Keller co-founded diesdas.digital, a new branding and product development studio here in Berlin. He loves programming, but lately finds himself writing mostly blog posts and emails. Previously he built digital products and services at 11 Freunde, Edenspiekermann and A Color Bright.

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    Mischa König Visualizing WhatsApp Chats

    In this talk Mischa will show how to use Lean Startup principles to verify concepts for side projects on the example of a web application which enables users to visualize their WhatsApp chats. While exporting chats is easy, WhatsApp makes it hard to convert the data into a standardized structured format. We will go through some technical issues and solutions implemented in the process of creating Chatvisualizer. Finally we’ll look at the challenges involved in the visual treatment of highly dynamic data such as chats and some ways to deal with them.

    Mischa is a freelance interaction designer and frontend developer educated at the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam. When not working with clients, he is looking for technical and visual inspiration to built digital concepts upon – especially in the fields of social media and digital journalism.

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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 #69 Tue, Sep 13 2016
8:00pm

We’re back from our vacation break! Summer’s leaving us, but we have a season of exciting talks ahead.

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    Dafna Sharabi Designers in the Lab

    Designers in the Lab is the story of a team of designers from the Wix studio, who embark on an adventure in the unknown territory of trend prediction. In this talk Dafna will explain how designers view the world, how this view effects their approach to research methods and trend prediction, and how adapting work methods from different industries can help you inspire the future of our own.

    Dafna is currently residing in Berlin, working from the local Wix Office. Previous to that she has led the Design Dev team and worked in various positions in the Wix Studio for 6 years, creating and establishing work methods.

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    Alper Çugun Prototyping the Conversation

    Alper will talk about how he prototyped a conversational interface for adolescent mental health, using off the shelf front-end technologies. He’ll present the reasons why they did this, look at the technology used, and discuss other issues with creating a chat application.

    Alper Cugun is a design strategist and software engineer based in Berlin. For the past five years he was partner at Dutch-German design studio Hubbub. Alper was active in the Amsterdam startup scene, led a data visualization agency and helped found the Open State Foundation, a Dutch open government institution.

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    Kristina Walcker-Mayer Mobile Trends

    It’s the year 2016 and Mobile is here to stay. What is the future of mobile in e-commerce? Kristina, Zalando’s Product Manager for Mobile Apps, will showcase the latest mobile trends from both a design & business perspective and provide concrete examples of Zalando’s approach.

    Kristina works as Product Manager for Mobile Apps at Zalando Technology, where she focuses on innovation and strategy in the mobile app space. Besides working on the product site, her passion for driving the mobile mindset within Zalando’s various departments makes her a true Mobile First evangelist. Kristina looks back at 6 years of mobile experience and has developed mobile strategies and solutions for major clients in the retail, television, NGO and automotive industries.

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:

  • #70 Tue, Oct 11 2016
  • #71 Tue, Nov 8 2016
  • #72 Tue, Feb 14 2017
  • #73 Tue, Mar 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.