Unscripted: Hacking Design - Discussion & Demo on Concepts, Patterns, Tools


Part discussion, part demonstration.  Open forum to candidly discuss basic design concepts and patterns that are used in today's compelling mobile, web apps and emerging platforms, including TV and wearables.  The purpose of this event is to act as a primer for developers, designers too, to discuss and evaluate current, trending design concepts for user interfaces and experiences.

This is a followup based on overwhelming interests from Wednesday's 40 Developers and Designers (Only) Forum/SkillSwap Sessions event.


We will continue the conversation on the tools that were presented and other resources that are available for rapid design and development.

Location has not been confirmed yet.  TeqCorner (Tysons) is a high probability.  It';s located literally around the corner from metro station in VA.



What to expect:

• Live Demonstration of designing a wireframe/prototype of a mobile app UI/UX elements from scratch 

• Evaluation and discussion of design patterns for popular mobile apps, websites, and emerging platforms, including wearables, TV and internet of things appliances. One of the resources for discussion:  http://www.pttrns.com/

• We could possibly discuss industrial design and the emergence of 3D printing tech and related concepts that are used for product design and development.

• Open discussion on design - origins, concepts, and perspectives in the world of interactive and user experience for digital platforms and media.

• Call to action and discussion for workshops, presentations and demos to support participants existing design needs and education.  We will discuss available tools, local and online educational opportunities, and other resources that could help you guys move forward.  This will include General Assembley, meetup groups, and sandbox sites like CodePen.

This event is a part of a new initiative to host more frequent activities and promote followup of topics that are covered previously to keep the conversation and interests going.

Since it is Friday, there will be no established end time, so come in when you can, the discussion and demos will be ongoing through the evening.

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  • Startup C.

    Hey guys, just giving you the heads up that Unscripted has it's own meetup group now http://www.meetup.com/Unscripted-Collaborative-Gatherings-4-Tech-Designers-Devs. Group was just created today, so we are still building the page out.

    Join and start hosting your own unscripted gatherings.

    You will be able to suggest and host your own unscripted events anywhere, anytime - to share, learn, network and collaborate. You suggest an event, if 5 RSVP, we approve it as long as it is tech, design, startup or development related.

    There is a bonus - if more than 20 members RSVP - we will "Biggy Size" your gathering by possibly find you a venue, food, experts, and other support for the event based on availability. We will also cross-promote on Startups Central and with other event partners meetup group,s adding more friends to the activity.

    Let us know what you think.

    October 13

  • Startup C.

    Early notification before group announcement. Anyone interested in a hands on workshop on designing mockups with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, the event is scheduled for Friday Sept. 12. Limited to 20 participants. We will cover real world design and UX best practices and then you will apply them, including the use of asymmetry, typography, grids, and custom controls. http://www.meetup.com/startupscentral/events/203121512/

    September 2

  • Thomas B.

    Very informative!

    September 1

    • Startup C.

      Thanks Thomas. Hope to see you at another event sometime.

      September 1

  • Thomas B.

    Very informative!

    1 · September 1

  • Startup C.

    Unscripted #5 is now up for those interested to RSVP, it is a followup that will include mostly demos of what was covered in #4. http://www.meetup.com/startupscentral/events/204449172/ Also added a few more screens to the ever evolving fictional app, UListen http://bit.ly/1lrN83D. Working on video to explain how it was done now.

    September 1

  • Startup C.

    Added more mockup images to shared directory of fictional app based on topics discussed on Friday. http://bit.ly/1lrN83D

    September 1

  • Startup C.

    Last post for tonight. Guys, these are screenshots that I have designed based on Airbnb and other apps for our ficticious demo music app. I have made a series of video clips showing how it was done. Working on other screens now, this is just the beginning. We will have a workshop soon so that you can learn the same thing hands on. Screenshots so far are here: http://bit.ly/1lrN83D

    1 · August 31

  • Startup C.

    Another great example is Airbnb new app vs their first ios app

    http://www.pttrns.com/p/115

    August 31

  • Startup C.

    More details on answer to question about extreme Flat Design http://www.pttrns.com/p/305 vs extreme skeuomorphic http://99designs.com/designer-blog/2013/06/18/truly-lickable-skeuomorphic-designs/

    August 31

  • Startup C.

    Developers may want to look at Framer.js examples. http://examples.framerjs.com/#animation-basics.framer

    August 31

  • Startup C.

    Hey guys, just shared a folder with you that contains slides and other references discussed at event. The academy zone website I created a while back may help as well, it needs to be updated. I am working on a video to demonstrate everything discussed including hacking and re-purposing an app to make it my own. Will be available soon. The slides provided were for discussion only, not much meat. They include links.

    Also included a wireframe I created in Adobe Illustrator as an experiment modeled from Qwiki app. http://www.pttrns.com/iphone?utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=qwiki

    You do not need a google account to view files and download.
    http://bit.ly/VYvWqB

    Next unscripted may cover demos only, if you are interested.

    Workshop, hands on to follow. Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend.

    1 · August 31

    • Startup C.

      By the way, on the slides, videos are clickable. Where you see a google logo, that is a search fro the topic.

      August 31

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks - it was a very informative meetup

    August 30

    • Startup C.

      Tyler, was doing a little research http://www.theguardia...­

      August 30

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yeah, Tomahawk is really cool. And open source too.

      1 · August 30

  • Jinkul K.

    Great presentation. I learned a lot. I'll definitely come for your next meetup. Many thanks.

    1 · August 30

  • Mitsuhiko H.

    It was very informative! Thanks! It is a pity that I couldnt stay by the end.

    1 · August 30

    • Startup C.

      Thanks. Example video will be available soon. Working on it this weekend.

      August 30

  • Adrian M.

    Great presentation! I had to run out early... For next time please consider doing 1 hour demo, then 1 hour discussion. Please share the slides. I learned a lot and heard great ideas from the group too!

    1 · August 30

    • Startup C.

      Great suggestion. Iwas concerned about striking the right balance. Video will be available soon with examples you missed and more.

      2 · August 30

  • Michael J.

    Is the power point from Friday available somewhere, I'd like to share it with a colleague.

    August 30

    • Startup C.

      Yes, just need to add the links that disappeared when I saved to PDF. Will be available. Also, working on a recap video with more examples.

      August 30

  • Lee N.

    Thanks for another great Meet-UpTony. Your tips and shortcuts provide a quick way to make project completion easier and save hours of intensive labor and cost. A very productive meeting-- appreciate all you share!

    1 · August 30

    • Startup C.

      Thanks Lee. I appreciate you guys coming out, especially on a Friday. See you next time.

      August 30

  • Startup C.

    BTW: Who would want to do a Google hangout on Monday just for demos of actual hacking of exisiting UIs and/or building from scratch? We could also do this as a part 2 next Friday, with more demo, less presentation. Reply here. BTW, the name of that magic, flexible material that will change our world is Graphene. It was highlighted throughout the Microsoft video that was presented. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6cNdhOKwi0

    August 30

  • Startup C.

    Reply here if you want actual interact session on applying what we discussed with production app examples from pttrns.com that we will hack and make our own.

    August 30

  • Startup C.

    Hey guys, thanks for coming out and participating in the discussion. We actually did a few more examples of hacking actual images. i will record a video of different methods soon. This will be an ongoing series with different presenters to continue the conversation. Slides will be provided soon with additional information. This sample page was created a while ago, but most info is still valid. Many more tools are available now. http://academyzone.org/

    2 · August 30

  • Zuri

    It's very informative! I'm completely new to the concepts of UX/UI so I learned a lot in regards to the tools and methods. I wish it was a 2 part mtg

    August 30

  • erez

    The presenter is very passionate and was able to adjust the talk to match the make-up as well as specific requests of the participants.

    August 30

  • Startup C.

    Look forward to seeing you guys tonight. What a line up, definite takeaways. We will be on the 3rd Floor, Main Auditorium - Free Parking - 2 Blocks from McLean Metro Silver Line

    August 29

  • Startup C.

    Hey guys. Looks like there are so many interested in this event. You also may be interested in another smaller event happening this or next week. demonstrating building interfaces with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. A workshop will follow. Vote by RSVP now http://www.meetup.com/startupscentral/events/203093202/. Once we gauge interests, a time and place will be announced. Spots will be limited.

    August 25

  • Garvey Y.

    Excited to meet you all!

    1 · August 24

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