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TorontoUX Meetup #4 @ Playground Inc!

We're happy to announce

TorontoUX Meetup #4: "Building design teams and processes in the world of UX”.

This month's meet-up is hosted at the very cool offices of Playground Inc, and as always we're in store for an audience driven fireside chat , roundtable discussions, Pizza and some cold beverages!

August's theme is about the evolving conversation we've been having surrounding where designers, startups, and agencies stand in the professional development of designers & growing organizations.

UX Designers often come from multi-disciplinary backgrounds, and the field is so broad that we have iA’s, IxD’ers, Graphic Designers, UI Designers, Researchers, front-end developers, and often a mix of these skill-sets joining organizations as ‘UX Designers’.

We’ll explore this topic from the employer and designer perspective:

As employers, It’s never just 1 single designer that covers all your bases at first, or is it? How do you make this work when building your teams? How do you structure growth, and which skill-sets do you hire for first? How does all this impact your companies’ momentum, and how do you adapt?

As designers, what are we looking for in organizations in terms of their size, team experience, type of work, breadth of their design teams, and maturity of process? How do we make the choices for our next steps in our design careers with all of the opportunities available in the industry?

Can you relate?

At August’s Toronto UX Meetup #4, we’ll be talking about these challenges for designers, agencies and startups.

We’d love for agency founders, startup entrepreneurs, product owners, design veterans, and those breaking into the industry to join us so that we can learn from each other, and learn what we’re all looking for in hiring, applying for positions, and building design teams."



Follow us on twitter! We've created and will be using our twitter account for announcements, uxchats, and giveaways from our sponsors.

Tweet and share this meetup with the @TorontoUX handle before the event for a chance to win a Dribbble invite + an awesome Design t-shirt. We'll select a winner before August 12.

• A big thank you: I want to give a big giant shoutout to our organizing team, who make our meet-ups happen and run smoothly month after month: Ricardo, Shigeo, Nancy, Sarah, Sidra, Bryan, Rusul & our guest organizer for the summer from Ottawa, Tyler Copeland.

• The meet-up is still growing! Our community has grown this month by close to a hundred, making us 430+ engaged Startup-ers, Developers, and UX'ers. Congrats!

• How can we ever fit that many people in the same place?! We've always had to cap our meet-ups at roughly 150 people, so... we have a special event announcement coming up to wrap up the UX Year and celebrate together ;) Stay tuned.

Did you miss the last meetup? Check out this awesome writeup on Medium from Rusul Alrubail



6:30 PM -  Registration, Networking, Pizza + Drinks

7:00 PM - Welcome by Mustefa Jo'shen

7:05 PM - Announcements & Theme introductions by Ricardo Vazquez

7:10 PM - Circle time discussion moderated by Ricardo Vazquez featuring participants from tUX. & Playground Inc, joined by everyone in the audience!

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Community building via roundtable breakout sessions:

This event is a great chance to connect with, learn from + challenge each other on professional development in the UX Design world.

We will break out into groups, and each group will collectively come up with one question about the challenges of building design teams + design process.

9:00 PM - 9:15 - Prize giveaways! We'll be giving out 5 awesome Design t-shirts!

*We'll be announcing the guest moderators in the coming week, it's exciting. Stay tuned.

Our Hosts

Playground Inc is a digital creative agency. We focus on design, consulting, and technology. We’ve been building unique digital products, platforms, and experiences for the past 4 years. Each of our endeavours is guided by a strong sense of craftsmanship and passion for the web. We strive to create meaning and value for our customers and their users and seek to imbue our products with a sense of wonder. We are a diverse team of creatives from many backgrounds with a shared desire to help make the web a better place by crafting the best digital experiences.

tailoredUX (tUX!) is a Toronto based UX Design studio. We started tUX to provide a partnership based approach to services that helps founders grow their companies through product strategy & UX design. That means strategists and designers bridge the gaps between business, design, & product development— and then execute in UX/UI design and front-end development to ship awesome digital products. We primarily work with social impact startups changing the world through innovations in the education, healthcare and energy domains. It's fun stuff.


If you’ve got ideas or feedback, please send them to the organizers: [masked]. You can also connect with us via twitter: @TorontoUX.


We’ve got an amazing roster of volunteers, but please let us know if you’d like to help out. You’ll be put on the official volunteer roster and we’ll reach out to you about our upcoming volunteer meeting.

I need a job/I'm hiring! Can you help?

Sure thing. Send us an e-mail ahead of time with your company's logo / name for an opportunity to hop on up during the announcements and introduce yourself and the opportunity you're looking for.

Will there be food?

Pizza and drinks, as always ;) This time around, we’ll start with the pizza right at 6:45pm, so being on time is a great idea if you love pizza! We will have 1 vegan and 1 gluten-free pizza available as well for those who let us know about their dietary restrictions in advance when they RSVP.

How much does it cost?

Event attendance is free-of-cost, but you must RSVP. If you are bringing a guest, please have them sign up on Meetup and RSVP as well. Check-ins will be happening at the door.

Is this venue an accessible space?

Yes, it is accessible via elevator and facilities.

Interested in Partnering?

Would you like to co-host, sponsor, or provide perks for an upcoming meet-up? Do you have a meet-up group that you'd like us to support in a cross event? Get in touch and lets make it happen: [masked]

Equity policy?

The organizers are committed to equity and a positive environment. Bullying, Sexism, racism, homophobia, and transphobia will not be tolerated.

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  • Mike C.

    We talked about Leah Buley's Lean Methods for a UX Team of One at the meetup and I wanted to send everyone a link to Leah's seminar. The site has a 30-day free trial and is a treasure trove of good UX knowledge.

    August 13, 2014

  • Henri H.

    Whoops. Back from London and got my days mixed up. :(

    August 13, 2014

  • Andrew H.

    Thank you so much for putting this together! It was a great experience. I feel that next time there will need to be a mic, or anybody speaking will have to come to the middle of the group so they can be heard more easily.

    1 · August 12, 2014

    • Mike C.

      Yeah I agree. From my experience as meetups get bigger amplified mics become a real issue. I have terrible hearing so I feel the pain. I like the standing in the centre isn't a bad idea. Might intimidate some.

      2 · August 12, 2014

  • Mike C.

    Great meetup! Really felt energized after leaving. Can't wait for the next one.

    2 · August 12, 2014

    • Ricardo V.

      Thanks Mike! Thanks for your question too! See you at the next Meetup.

      2 · August 12, 2014

    • Mike C.

      My pleasure Ricardo. Was nice meeting you briefly.

      1 · August 12, 2014

  • Shaun

    Great meetup. Thanks for hosting.

    2 · August 12, 2014

  • Jonathan O.

    Is someone available to let late comers in?

    August 12, 2014

  • Misha F.

    Looking forward to tonight's event!

    August 12, 2014

  • Daniele

    Sigh, I'm going to have to reluctantly cancel due to an unexpected crisis. Looking forward to the next meet up for sure!

    August 12, 2014

  • Andrew H.

    Wow. I'm amazed I got a spot off the waiting list! I'll be there.

    1 · August 12, 2014

    • Mustefa J.

      Great to have you join us!

      1 · August 12, 2014

  • Mustefa J.

    Morning everyone,

    I'm glad to see so many new faces joining us for tonights meet up.

    Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

    Reminder: if you're not going to make it, please un-rsvp to free up a spot on the wait list as space is limited.

    Twitter contest:

    To get the conversation started ahead of time, tweet us your biggest challenge in building design teams & design processes to @TorontoUX to win a Busy Building Things print, or a tUX Design t-shirt.

    We'll use your responses during the discussion tonight.

    Happy Tuesday.

    August 12, 2014

  • Melissa

    Darn I'll be missing this event but hope to make the next one!

    1 · August 11, 2014

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