meetups

Every month we get together to build skills, promote or collaborate on projects, learn/teach, and be in positive community with other black designers. We also laugh a lot and when it's potluck time, we throw down. 

 
Meetup: "Vision & Action" in January 2016

Meetup: "Vision & Action" in January 2016

PAST MEETUPS

BECOMING MORE BADASS

NOV 2016

Skill dive and study session for black designers who want to be more badass today than they were yesterday. You can start a project, finish a project, brush up your online portfolio, or just bounce ideas in a safe and supportive environment. Coffee and snacks will be provided. 

 

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT 2

OCT 2016

This session is Level 2 of the product development environment workshop series. This session is perfect for anyone thinking about moving from one product design/dev role to another, or who's wants more clarity about the product design and software development environment.

 

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT 1

SEP 2016

Learn how digital products go from a scribble on a napkin to a functional website or app in the palm of your hand. This session is perfect for anyone hoping to break into product design, or who wants to learn more about the product design and software development lifecycle.

 

BECOMING MORE BADASS

AUG 2016

In the spirit of back-to-school season, let's get together for a skill dive and study session to become more badass than we were last month. Start a project, finish a project, brush up your online portfolio, or bounce ideas in a safe and supportive environment. Get smarter and sharper in good company.

 

SUMMER SOCIAL: POTLUCK AT LAKE MERRITT

JUL 2016

It's summer! The sun is shining and so are you. Let's have another BABD social and kick it, catch up, chat design things, and get to know each other better — this time on the beautiful shores of Lake Merritt. Partners and kids welcome. Bring a snack or non-alcoholic beverage to share.

 

DEALING WITH MICROAGGRESSIONS

JUN 2016

TFW someone says or does something offensive and you say to yourself: "WTF? Did that really just happen?" ...and then you wonder how the hell to respond. We'll be having a discussion and interactive activities to strategize successful methods for responding to microaggressions in the workplace.

 

FRAMER & SPOTLIGHT

MAY 2016

Workshop: FramerJS Rafe Chisolm is a product designer with Pandora and he will be giving a introduction on the basics of FramerJS and its value in your prototyping and development workflow. Followed by Portfolio Spotlight: Christina N. Harrington, Ph.D. student in Design at Georgia Tech's Human Factors and Aging Laboratory.

 

HAPPY HOUR

APR 2016

Spring is in full swing! Let's cheers to community and to get to know other black designers in a fun and casual environment. The venue offers a wide variety of appetizers, entrees, desserts, and drinks both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. There's something for everyone. Drop in to the happy hour anytime from 5-8pm, and sing Kat happy birthday.

 

MONEY TALKS

MAR 2016

Tax time got money on your mind? Want to do a better job of managing your finances as a freelancer? Running your own business — of thinking of starting one?  Get the scoop from accounting and financial management pro, Danetha Doe. She'll be giving a 101 on financial management for designers and freelancers, followed by a brief Q&A.

 

PM & ENG Q&A / SPOTLIGHT

FEB 2016

Portfolio Spotlight with UX/UI Designer Maya Easley from Getaround followed by a Q&A Panel with Black Engineers and Product Managers in the bay:
Alexandria Cattron, CODE2040
Simone Sequeira, Pivotal Labs
Jacky Alciné, Clef
Jayson Phillips, Pandora
Christian Joseph, inDinero

 

VISION & ACTION

JAN 2016

It's a new year. Have new goals? What do you want to learn, experience, accomplish and achieve in the next 365?  Join us for visioning, goal-setting, collaborative scheming, and coalition forming to make sure that everyone has the support they need to get to that next level (whatever that means for you) in 2016.

 

MOVIE NIGHT

DEC 2015

A low-key casual meetup for the holidays. We'll be screening two films on the projector. Feel free to stop by for one or both films. Make sure you arrive 15 minutes before the screening starts to reduce disruption during the films.

7pm-9pm: The Film Black Friday  
9pm-11pm: CodeGirl

 

DEMO DAY

NOV 2015

Demos of Drupal and Flinto. Drupal is an open-source CMS (content management system). Drupal helps you build everything from personal blogs to enterprise applications. Thousands of add-on modules and designs give you tons of flexibility. Flinto is a UX/UI prototyping tool. Flinto makes it quick and easy to create prototypes that look just like the real thing. 

 

HIVE MIND

OCT 2015

Have burning questions that will help you become a better designer? Looking for feedback on a project that has you stumped? Need suggestions for the best way to get ______ done? Want to get advice about what your next steps can be now that you've ___? Whatever it is, bring your questions! We can toss 'em in a hat or just go popcorn style and see where the conversation takes us.

 

PROTOTYPING JAM

SEP 2015

Lets get together to challenge ourselves, learn and grow. Each person will build a prototype in a prototyping tools they haven't used yet, then report back with a demo, explaining the basic functions, plusses and minuses of each tool.  Example tools: Atomic, Framer, InVision, Pixate, UX App, UX Pin, Axure.  Bring your laptop and wear something comfy.

 

UX CASE STUDIES

AUG 2015

Bring a UX case study that you want to discuss; it can be one of your own or one in a portfolio that you admire. Please aim to keep your presentation to 10-15 minutes. It can be as simple as a verbal description or as involved as a full on pitch deck. 

 

POTLUCK & PIXELS

JUL 2015

A casual potluck to get to know other Black designers working in tech in the Bay Area. If you feel drawn to, you'll have time to briefly share a project that you're working on and want to get feedback about.