- March Happy Hour!
Join us for a happy hour and meet other design systems professionals and enthusiasts. This event will give folks the opportunity to meet up in a casual setting. The Winslow serves all types of drinks and we'll order some light snacks. They have great food if you want something more filling. *** If your company wants to sponsor and add to the bar tab, please get in touch.
- January Happy Hour!
Happy new year! Join us for a happy hour and meet other design systems professionals and enthusiasts. This event will give folks the opportunity to meet up in a casual setting. The Winslow serves all types of drinks and we'll order some light snacks. They have great food if you want something more filling. *** If your company wants to sponsor and add to the bar tab, please get in touch.
- Shaping your design system, hosted at Datadog!
Our next meetup will be hosted by Datadog! We'll have 3 lightning talks followed by Q&A, with social time before and after talks. Food and drinks provided thanks to our hosts Datadog. SPEAKERS **Nicole Yeo** Nicole Yeo is the Director of Product Design at Artsy, where she leads the team in crafting meaningful experiences that deepen the way people engage with art. She previously built tools to empower creators at Kickstarter, a platform for storied objects at The Line, and designed for the intersection of brand, product, and service at Method. **Derek Howles** Derek spent 9 years in North Carolina doing multi-disciplinary marketing and product design before joining Datadog in 2015. On the product design team at Datadog he works on UI and UX design, product strategy, design systems and data viz. **Carl Nelson** Carl has had a passion for design systems and tools since the beginning of his career a decade ago. He worked on some of the early patterns that went into Salesforce's Lightning Design System, established key design patterns on GE's Predix UI, and designed and product owned Clever's design system Dewey from scratch. He also loves coffee, weightlifting, and lindy hop. SCHEDULE 6:30 – doors open 7:00–8:00 – lightning talks with Q&A 8:00–9:00 – networking time
- Oct Happy Hour sponsored by Reaktor!
Join us for a happy hour and meet other design systems professionals and enthusiasts! This event will give folks the opportunity to meet up in a casual setting. Get there early to get a free drink! There will be a bar tab thanks to our kind sponsors, Reaktor: https://www.reaktor.com/careers/ We'll order some light finger food, and The Storehouse has a great food menu if you want to eat something more substantial. PS. If there's a waitlist you should join it! We open up many more spots much closer to the event.
- Putting your design system into practice, hosted by MongoDB
Join us for our next meetup on putting design systems into practice, how they need to evolve alongside your product, and growing adoption. We'll have 3 x 10 minute lightning talks followed by Q&A with social time before and after. Doors open 6.30, talks begin 7pm. Snacks and drinks provided thanks to our hosts, MongoDB! SPEAKERS: **Deep Shah** is a product designer at MongoDB, where he leads design for MongoDB Stitch. He's previously designed for a myriad of different industries, and is drawn to supporting complex problem solving with design system thinking. He most recently attempted to bike from Amsterdam to London on a folding bike, but only got as far as Bruges before he needed to switch to traveling by train. He will probably try another route in the future. **Marissa Christy** is the Lead Product Designer at Paperless Post where she oversees the design within the e-commerce and native teams. She is especially interested in the intersection of brand and tech, and finding new ways of meaningfully connect these two aspects of product (including design systems). **Laura Hahn** is Head of Design at Priceline where she manages a team that works on flexible information architecture, modular design systems, and compelling customer experiences. She previously worked both in-house and as a consultant for companies in various industries including e-commerce, publishing, ad tech, supply chain logistics, and enterprise resource management. She’s keenly interested in the intersection between product design processes and organizational dynamics.
- July Happy Hour sponsored by MongoDB
Join us for a happy hour and meet other design systems professionals and enthusiasts! This event will give folks the opportunity to meet up in a casual setting. This event is generously sponsored by MongoDB: http://mongodb.design/#/ Get there early to get a free drink before the tab runs out! We'll order some light snacks and the bar serves great food if you want something more filling. *** If your company wants to sponsor and add to the bar tab, please get in touch.
- Design system API's and the developer experience
- May Happy Hour!
Join us for a happy hour and meet other design systems professionals and enthusiasts! This event will give folks the opportunity to meet up in a casual setting. Get there early to get a free drink :) I'll order us some light snacks and the bar serves great food if you want something more filling. If your company wants to sponsor and add to the bar tab, please get in touch.
- Bridging the gap
Our next meetup will be hosted at ustwo on Thursday, 19th April. Design systems help provide a unified language but the path to getting there can be challenging. Successful adoption is often due to the collaboration of a multi-disciplinary team. Our speakers will be sharing how they bridge the gap between design, development, content writers, and other stakeholders. Lightning talks will kick of at 7pm, followed by Q&A, and plenty of time for conversation with other attendees. Snacks will be provided thanks to ustwo! *Pedro Sepulveda* is a product designer with 15 years experience in developing products across web & mobile as well as building effective multidisciplinary teams. Before moving to New York to join ustwo, he has worked in Los Angeles for continuum innovations and in London for livework studio - one of the first service design studios in the world - as a design director. *Mike Perrotti* is one half of Meetup's design systems team. He comes from an art and design background, and thrives working in the big exciting grey-area between aesthetics and technology. *Fabian Perez* is a designer and advisor based in NYC. He currently serves as Director of Product Design at GitHub. He co-founded AppAction and previously led design teams at WeSpire, LevelUp, and SCVNGR.
- Tools for collaboration
From design to development, team collaboration is essential for design systems adoption. Our speakers will share the tools and techniques that have helped them succeed. We're partnering with Figma who are hosting design systems meetups around the world! We'll have 4 speakers to sharing their experiences with time for Q&A after the lightning talks. Here's the line-up: **Noah Levin** Noah is the Design Manager at Figma, and occasionally enjoys the struggle-bus that is design systems. He recently moved back to SF after 2 years in NYC, where he previously led the design team at ClassPass. Before that, he spent 4.5 years designing iOS apps at Google, where he observed Material Design’s birth and development. **Natalya Shelburne** Natalya is a software engineer at The New York Times and an instructor at the Harvard Extension School where she teaches Modular Design Patterns with React. As a classically trained fine artist and designer, crossing disciplines and blurring the line between design and development is at the heart of much of her work. **Brent Jackson** Brent is a Principal UX Developer at Priceline.com and cofounder of Compositor, focusing on design systems, developer education, React architecture, and front-end design tooling. Previously at Kickstarter, Etsy, and The Grid, he has created and contributed to several open source projects, including Basscss, CSS Stats, Rebass, and Styled System. **Chesley Andrews** Chesley is a Senior Product Design Manager at Betterment where she leads their design systems working group. Previously a Product Designer and Manager at Etsy, she contributed to multiple style guide iterations. An experience designer at heart, Chesley cares about creating compelling, easily understandable interfaces that help people feel empowered and awesome. Location: Meetup! 632 Broadway, 9th Floor Time: 6.30pm—9pm Snacks and drinks will be provided (thanks to Figma). Final speaker details tba.