NEW Downtown UX Study Group & Peer Mentorship


This gathering is about peer mentorship. It is an opportunity for you to share with your colleagues something you’re interested in, whether it be to get feedback on a project, practice for an interview, to demonstrate a proficiency you can share with the community e.g. you do killer infographics, workflows or usability reports; discuss how to work with other professional teams, practice presentation skills - you can make it whatever you want it to be! Participation will be highly encouraged, but not required.  Our sole purpose for gathering is to support one another in our professional growth.

If you are

• an independent consultant looking for a second (friendly) opinion

• looking for project collaborators

• working on amping up your portfolio

• just getting started in your career as a UX designer

• a seasoned professional who’d like to help others grow in their careers

• interested in upping the stakes in your involvement in the community

or just curious what this is all about, please join us at the UX Study Group and Peer Mentorship event at Blankspaces in DTLA!

Be creative and use this time for whatever you need to move forward in your career.  Everyone is welcome: designers, user researchers, content strategists, developers, project managers, entrepreneurs and others.

Time for presentations will be divided based on attendance so please be prepared to be flexible in your presentation time as it will be somewhere between  5 to 10 minutes.  After the presentations we’ll have 90 minutes to mingle, collaborate, and connect with the people who most resonated with you, or work a bit on a project and get more feedback before the night ends.

6:00 doors open, set up

6:30 presentations will begin

7:30 collaboration / mingle & connect

9:00 wrap up

Bring business cards and be prepared to make lasting relationships.

DIRECTIONS, MAPS & PARKING LOTS

PARKING LOT (CREDIT CARDS & CASH)
530 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
This lot has an automated exit and accepts both Mastercard and Visa. They usually are open 24-hours. But, be sure to ask before parking there.
Weekday evening cost is approximately $7 and subject to change.
http://bit.ly/bdtlaspringparking

PARKING LOT (CASH ONLY)
512 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Conveniently located right behind BLANKSPACES DTLA. This lot accepts cash only but sometimes closes at 8PM. So, be sure to ask before parking there.
Weekday evening cost is approximately $5 and subject to change.
http://bit.ly/bdtlametroparking

If you cannot make it this time, we hope to see you at the next one! Downtown UX Study Group and Peer Mentorship gatherings will be held monthly in the downtown Los Angeles area, generously sponsored by General Assembly and BLANKSPACES.

SPONSORS


 

CURRENTLY SEEKING VOLUNTEERS & ASSISTANTS


 

Please contact Susan Oslin and Crystal Ehrlich if you are interested in becoming a volunteer.

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  • Ruohai Wang (.

    A great time to learn and meet friends here! Hope it will be twice a month soon! Thanks for all organizers!

    July 24

  • Susan O.

    Thanks Josan. We intend to have more time for the break out session at the end, but wanted to keep things a little loose the first time to see how people responded. Great suggestion to try to keep the feedback on point!

    July 23

  • Josan

    I like the way it's setup. There should be some guidelines though on the feedback. For example, if someone wants feedback on the design, don't let people talk about the content. More time to socialize after would be good but that's probably out of your control.

    July 23

  • Michelle C.

    Great event, especially the organization of office hours at the end! Thanks so much!

    1 · July 23

  • Jerome

    Thanks everyone for attending. What a great turnout and I felt the enthusiasm. Please let me know what you thought of the space and event on Yelp. As a place-based business, it's our #1 online listing.
    http://www.yelp.com/biz/blankspaces-downtown-la-los-angeles-2

    July 23

  • Ivan L.

    Thanks for organizing the event, Susan and Crystal!

    July 23

  • Jen B.

    Thank you Susan and Crystal for bringing such a great event downtown. I think it was a huge success. I especially liked the opportunity to break out in to smaller groups and to talk to people based on the projects presented. Blankspaces is a great venue to hold such an event. I look forward to the next one.

    1 · July 23

  • Jodi R.

    Thank you Crystal, Susan, Blankspaces DTLA and GA! I really appreciate the event (and that is not on the Westside).

    3 · July 22

    • Jerome

      Let us know what you thought of the event and space on Yelp - thanks!

      July 22

  • Ben K.

    Great event, thanks for having us!

    July 22

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there a wi-fi there

    July 21

    • Susan O.

      Totally your preference. However you prefer to work. Paper and pen will work too!

      July 22

    • Crystal Ehrlich, UX D.

      Hi Folks, we will be placing our food order in a bit. We need to know exactly how many people will be attending. Please update your RSVP status if you won't be able to join us tonight. Also, there is a waiting list. If you don't show up, you have prevented one of your peers from attending.

      Looking forward to seeing you at the launch of this new program series. And, thank you for your involvement in the local UX community.

      July 22

  • Crystal Ehrlich, UX D.

    I.K. Olomu, you would be awesome as an assistant co-leader given your strong background. Dan Klyn certainly has raved about you. :-) And, it was great to meet you and your brother the other day at Cross Campus. Looking forward to working with you!

    July 15

    • I.K. O.

      Sure! Definitely looking forward to it.

      July 22

  • Jerome

    GA's got the 'ZA, and BLANKSPACES' got the 'space. :-P

    1 · July 22

  • Jerome

    Here's a photo of our building from the Pershing Sq Metro Station: https://flic.kr/p/i6QvBZ

    July 14

  • Ben K.

    Really excited about this, let me know if you need any volunteers to help organize/run the event.

    3 · July 15

    • Susan O.

      Thanks Ben! A helping hand is always welcome.

      July 16

  • Miki

    Excited to get this going for the DTLA/surrounding areas. I have a conflicting event that night, but looking forward to hearing all about it! Great job, Susan and thanks for hosting, Jerome! :)

    2 · July 15

    • Crystal Ehrlich, UX D.

      Miki, Thank you for your amazing collaborative partnership with us in shaping this event series and bringing it to life. I'm so grateful. We love working with both you and Jerome. Let me know if we can return the favor.

      1 · July 15

  • Susan O.

    Sorry about the confusion on the location -- address has been corrected. Yes, it is downtown!!

    1 · July 14

  • lynn

    downtown LA? or downtown Santa Monica? Two very different places

    July 14

  • Scott B.

    Blankspaces or the city needs to clean up that alley/entrance in DTLA.

    1 · July 14

    • Jerome

      Hi. The BID (Business Improvement District) are the folks in purple. They've been trying to address it. Our building management hoses down outside of our building, but the 5th street side is public domain. It'll get better as the neighborhood continues to improve.

      1 · July 14

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