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Twilio Meetup: Designers and Developers Tech Talk

  • Feb 26, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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Join us for a meetup exploring the relationship between design and development. Designers and engineers work closely together, and are equally important in getting product to the finish line. During this meetup we'll look at both ends of the spectrum and where they intersect. Join us for snacks, drinks, networking and two great talks from designers and developers.


Rebecca Bortman - Visual Designer, Snapguide

Designers Dream in Color: How to be the superhero designer your developer team needs

The design world loves its rockstars, but a rockstar designer is not what most development teams need to create and launch an effective product. Rebecca will discuss how to be a design superhero by adding some magic to your cape: what's an ideal design process and when do you know to plug in the bat signal; how do you keep engineers smiling in a peace-loving office environment of any size; and above all, how do you get your superhuman designs shining out there for the world to see!


Danielle Leong - Twilio, Front End Web Developer
Nina Mehta - Twilio, Interaction Designer

The Curious Incident of the Developer in the Design Team: Thinking in the Same Language

Are you spending more time arguing than implementing? Gain insight into the inner workings of Twilio’s unique cross-functional team of designers and developers who can talk the same language. Danielle and Nina will illustrate how they compliment each others’ skill sets and leverage their differences to benefit the user. This talk will showcase how they collaborate and build a great product from sketch to ship.


Speaker Bios:

Rebecca Bortman is a visual designer, living in the colorful Castro and working at a small start-up called Snapguide. Before taking the start-up plunge, she worked as a design consultant at Cooper and Mule and most recently as a user experience designer at YouTube. There she led design on the first major visual refresh in YouTube's 7-year history. She's the art director for The Disposable Film Festival and sings in the punk band, Happy Fangs and previously in the pop band, My First Earthquake. She's spoken at SxSW Next Stage, Warm Gun, NxNEi and TEDxUtrecht. She is a graduate on Carnegie Mellon's School of Design and a proud Pittsburgher. Design trivia fact: she designed the graphics, cover, and layout for About Face 3: The Essentials of Interaction Design at her first job out of school.

Danielle Leong is a Front End Web Developer at Twilio. After graduating UC Irvine for marketing, she taught herself to code and joined the Twilio design team as the company's first female engineer. She specializes in responsive site and email creation, company branding, and fights the good fight for better cross-browser compatibility. In her off time, she teaches latin dance and bakes gourmet cupcakes.

Nina Mehta works and plays at Twilio as an interaction designer. She's worked with startups disrupting translation, investing, travel bookings and even the modern web browser. With a former career in journalism and a Master's in HCI, Nina has done design work and research in Tokyo, London, Cape Town and around the Bay Area. She does live visuals at clubs to explore the broader meaning of experience and physical space design.


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  • Joseph C.

    I am an industrial designer living in sf. I work in electronic goods and accessories. This event seems the right fit for me an would like to attend

    February 23, 2013

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