Design - Make Something You Can Ship

Hi there!

It's Omar from Design Alexandria. I've recently stepped in as organizer of the group since our friends Paul and Brittany Mederos ventured out to California. Word has it, they're branching off a "Design Palo Alto" :)

I'd just like to share a few things I had in mind for Design A's future:


What We Care About?

1) Meeting people with the same passion for Design.

2) Being motivated to work on something you love.

3) Seeking help in areas you're not yet familiar with.


What's in Store?

Let's be adventurous as well as educational.

Here's a plan for the next 6 months (consider it an "Un-plan" as things will get switched around based on group feedback): 

1) August - Start Making Something you can Ship

• sketch like a mofo

• find your coding/designing weapons of choice

• be lean, stay clean 

2) September - Building Anything is Making Progress

• find out what gets you creative

• prototype, wireframe, user test

• hack your way to something tangible

3) October - Show and Tell or Watch and Absorb

• talk about or show your progress

• collaborate and co-work with designers and devs

• stay inspired, and you'll see your project through

4) November - Design Essentials, Critique 

• get more pairs of eyes on your work

• cut out the fat and keep what sticks

• head home primed with stuff to do

5) December - Design Field Trip 

• explore the Old Town Winter vista!

• what keeps us warm...

• hot chocolate, anyone?

6) January - Peer to Peer User Test Exchange

• bring a useable product or mockup to share

• get direct feedback from designers

• road map the future

Our first meeting kicks off at the end of this month (St. Elmo's Pub is walking distance to Braddock Rd. metro!)... Hope you can make it! If not, there'll be more to come!


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  • A former member
    A former member

    I was looking forward to checking this out, but I'm held up at work.. :( Afraid I won't make it today. I'll join next time!

    August 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      What's DRP?

      August 28, 2013

    • Chris G.

      Del Ray Pizza

      August 28, 2013

  • Shawn

    Also held up at the office and cannot drop in. Have a great time, see you at a future meeting.

    August 28, 2013

  • Shawn

    I'll just be there briefly. Sorry I can rarely attend but I'm very glad that the group is continuing. This location is excellent.

    August 28, 2013

  • Caroline R. C.

    Looking forward to attending, eventually. I had hoped for Wednesday but alas my car went "kaput" and I'm bringing it for service in the evening after work that day. Cheers!

    August 27, 2013

  • Gale G.

    Sorry I can't come on wed

    August 20, 2013

  • Gale G.

    Glad you're stepping in- I'll miss Paul & Brittany - wishing them luck on their venture- st Elmo's isa great place- very arty area- as you probably know- see you tere

    August 20, 2013

  • Omar H.

    Hi Chris! It can be moved to Wed., let me check with the others first...

    August 20, 2013

  • Chris G.

    Also, any chance this can be moved to Wednesday instead? I'm out of town Thursday and would really like to join.

    August 20, 2013

  • Chris G.

    Love it! Sad to hear Paul moved though :(

    August 20, 2013

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