• Summer Happy Hour

    Wunder Garten

    Join us for an end-of-summer happy hour at Wunder Garten! In lieu of our usual talk, we're bringing folks together for a more informal time to socialize, network, and share what we've learned from the past few months. Come out to relax, get a drink, see old friends and make a few new ones. https://www.wundergartendc.com/ Inspired by the beer gardens of Germany, Wunder Garten opened its doors in NoMA in 2015 as a pop-up beer garden and quickly became a neighborhood staple where friends and families gather. With a carefully designed selection of German and craft beers, as well as a well-regarded wine and liquor program, Wunder Garten provides a welcoming and relaxed outdoor experience year-round in a climate-controlled pavilion.

  • Designing for How People Think: Using Brain Science to Build Better Products

    Companies spend enormous amounts of time and money designing the experience for products and services. But in truth, “the” user experience isn’t a singular experience at all. And it doesn’t happen on any screen – it happens in the mind. More specifically, the six minds. John Whalen will describe how to uncover the conscious and subconscious needs of your users using qualitative research techniques, and how to integrate what you’ve discovered into your products and service designs. No psychology PhD required! About John: John Whalen, PhD leads Brilliant Experience – a DC-based UX consultancy known for transforming psychological user insights into powerful business strategy and advanced UX innovations. He has a Masters and PhD in Cognitive Science (Johns Hopkins University), and was a Psychology Professor at University of Delaware before launching his company. As the leader of Psychological Insights & Innovation at Brilliant, John’s specialty is providing businesses with competitive advantages by uncovering the spoken and unspoken needs of users and, from those insights, producing powerful, actionable business and experience strategies. His expert knowledge of human vision, attention and memory is relied on by Fortune 500 companies including Google, PayPal, Capital One, and Bloomberg. John's is also the author of the O'Reilly book "Design for How People Think: Using Brain Science to Build Better Products" https://bit.ly/dfhpt Our friends at Antunovich Associates will be hosting this month's event. Happy hour refreshments will be provided by TEKsystems. Doors open at 6:30 PM.

  • Digging into React and Vue.js

    Threespot Media

    You've probably heard of the popular front-end frameworks React and Vue.js by now. Both are open source JavaScript frameworks for building user interfaces and single-page applications. This month, we'll be exploring how these frameworks are similar and how they differ. We'll look at creating components, applications, learning curves and plenty more. Our Speakers: Chip Cullen, Director of Technology at PBS Benjamin Hong, Senior Front-end Engineer at GitLab Josh Goldman, Software Engineer at Medallia Our friends at Threespot will be hosting this month's event and providing refreshments beforehand. Doors open at 6:30 PM.

  • Refresh DC Spring Happy Hour

    1101 First St NE

    Hey everyone. We're going to keep it super simple (and fun) this month and just have a happy hour at Wunder Garten in NoMA. Come out to relax, get a drink, see old friends and make a few new ones. If you're relatively new to Refresh DC, this is a great opportunity to get connected with the rest of the community. Hosts will be there to welcome you in a fun and relaxed outdoor setting. We'll be there from 6:30 till 8:30. Drop in whenever you want.

  • How to Make Mentorship Actually Work For You

    105 W Broad St

    You're hearing a lot of talk about mentorship. It’s a must if you’re trying to boost your career. It’s essential if you’re trying to start your career. It’s absolutely necessary if you’re a company trying to find great hires. But this leads us to the question: how is mentorship actually working out for you? Is it living up to the hype? If so, fantastic. You probably don’t need to attend this talk, unless you want to hang out with us and drink free beer. If it’s not — don’t worry. Great mentorship is possible. You just have to know what kinds of obstacles will get in your way, and how to overcome them. PARKING There is a free parking deck behind the building that can be accessed off of S. Maple Ave, West Broad Street (Route 7), or South Washington Street (Route 29/Lee Hwy). Guests can park in any non-reserved spot. Please be mindful of the reserved restaurant parking during certain hours. There are some covered spots available as well. METRO / PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION The closest metro is East Falls Church on the Orange/Silver line. Viget is located 1 mile from the metro with sidewalks along the whole way. Bus lines 2A and 3A also run from the metro to Viget's office. Cabs and Ubers are also available from the metro. The following bus routes stop right by Viget. • 2A (Arlington/Merrifield) • 3A (Annandale/Falls Church) • 28A (Tysons/Alexandria)

  • Product Design with Blockchain

    MakeOffices at the Wharf

    Blockchain, a novel technology bristling with new concepts and arcane jargon, has triggered a land-rush of early adopters who are racing to understand and apply it. As the backbone of cryptocurrency, it weaves together data with cryptography in a unique way to verify a transaction; be it smart contracts, tokens or even code. With all the hype around it, how can designers leverage this technology to build products that people value? This month, we will be digging into product design with blockchain and discussing how to think about designing products and services using this emerging technology. Our Panel: Nguyet Vuong, Co-founder and Lead Product Designer at Civil Zach Kalman, Product Manager for Rimble Design System Alisa March, Lead Product Designer at Gitcoin Laura Giron, Design Ops at Consensys Moderated By: Nick Whitmoyer, Lead Product Designer at Consensys Doors open at 6:30 PM.

  • Visual Storytelling with AMP Stories

    WDG, Web Development Group

    An extension of the Accelerated Mobile Pages Project (AMP), AMP stories enable mobile-optimized, tap-through stories like you find on Instagram and SnapChat—but for the web. The Washington Post news design team has been producing AMP Stories since the launch of the format in early 2018. Our Speakers: Joanne Lee, Designer and Art Director at The Washington Post Matthew Callahan, Design Editor at The Washington Post Nick Kirkpatrick, Photo Editor at The Washington Post In this talk, our speakers will introduce you to building AMP Stories. They'll review the user experience and tech specs (and how they've extended it to meet their needs). They'll show how the format ties into The Washington Post's visual storytelling strategy and how you can use it for your own narratives. They'll also share findings from usability labs and the limitations of the current framework to help you make informed decisions about whether or not to start building your own AMP Stories. Doors open at 6:30 PM and the presentation will begin promptly at 7 PM. Drinks and snacks will be provided.