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SDXD (San Diego Experience Design Professionals Network) is here to enrich the San Diego experience design community. Most members are UX research and design practitioners but we have a broad perspective. We want to bring together anyone who works in, or is simply interested by, the various experience design disciplines and techniques (UX, IxD, usability, prototyping, HCI, service design, industrial design, etc.)

Come make new connections, share ideas, learn best practices, and be inspired. Our meetings are free and open to the public. We welcome people from all fields; you do not have to be an XD professional to attend.

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DesignOps Curious? Learn about the fundamentals of Design’s Secret Sauce

🚀 Design Operations creates the environment for designers to do their best work and amplifies the impact and effectiveness of the design organization at scale. Boiled down, we enable designers to focus on design.

Design organizations cannot effectively scale without strategic operational leaders experienced at solving ambiguous problems, anticipating evolving needs, navigating the changing tides of complex organizations and creating solutions that adapt to changing technology, culture and pace. DesignOps is crucial to the success of a design organization.

🤔 Come learn about the role and function that is the secret sauce of so many design teams.

– What is DesignOps and what does it look like in different sized design - orgs?
– What exactly does a DesignOps practitioner do and how can they help your design team?
– Why is this role so important now more than ever?

Rachel is a Design Operations leader that is passionate about understanding people and designing and building human-centered organizations, experiences, products and services. She currently leads UX Team Operations for Salesforce’s 300+ person design organization. Previously, Rachel led Design and Research Operations at UberEats, and was a Design Program Management leader for Service and Experience Design teams at Capital One, Adaptive Path, and more.



6pm - 6:10 pm: Opening remarks

6:10pm - 6:40pm: Presentation by Rachel Posman

6:40pm - 6:50pm: Audience Q&A

7:00pm: Networking (optional)



At MetaLab, we make interfaces. From Fortune 500 companies to stealth startups, we help our clients design, build, and ship products and services that people love.




✨Designing Safer Spaces

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“A place where I can bring my true self.”
“A collective understanding that everyone’s voice has value.”

These are some of the ways our community members describe what safe spaces mean to them. Cultivating safe spaces can be a formidable task during times of anxiety and fear as society grapples with a pandemic, systemic racial inequities, and violence in our communities.

In times when we greet each other through our screens, how do we create spaces where we can be our authentic selves? How might we make opportunities and experiences more accessible? How might we make safer spaces through design?

On April 22nd, Design Spaces partners with San Diego Experience Design (SDXD) and Design Forward Alliance (DFA) to present Seda Evis, Design Strategist, Director of Strategy at Birsel + Seck Design Studio and Designer-in-Residence at the University of California San Diego’s Design Lab. We will explore methods of co-design so we can curate our spaces. We’ll look at design’s role in creating safer spaces, how products and services become artifacts of our experiences, and how design can impact communities at scale.

Join us for this free event to learn, connect and grow. If you’re able, please consider registering with a Donation ticket. Proceeds will benefit our non-profit partners: Design Forward Alliance, The Wildflower Initiative, and Casa Familiar.

In registering for this event, you agree to abide by Design Spaces Code of Conduct (https://bit.ly/3uAwVxX).

Evening Agenda (PDT):
5:30 - Introduction and housekeeping
5:45 - Visualizing the co-design process | Design Forward Alliance
6:15 - Breakout rooms
6:30 - Regroup + Recap
6:45 - Networking

About Seda Evis and Design Spaces:

Seda Evis is a design strategist and a creative business leader with extensive experience in technology, operations, planning, design and design research. Her superpower is systems thinking in experience design and her hybrid mind, combining creativity and analytics, strategy and design, left and right brain. Her work results in new markets, products and concepts, services and organizations, with a focus on human experience and insights in a range of industries — technology, consumer goods, education, industrial, aviation and automotive/mobility. Seda is a Designer-in-Residence at University of California San Diego’s Design Lab. She’s also a board member at Design Forward Alliance, a non-profit that promotes human-centered design as a tool to help advance San Diego as a premier city for business, education, and enjoyment.


Design Spaces aims to amplify equitable innovation by designing spaces for more inclusive outcomes. We provide our members ways to enhance careers in the technology space with book clubs, workshops, speakers, networking and mentoring opportunities. Design Spaces values accessibility, consent, inclusion and generosity, and believes all people should have a safe space to learn, connect and grow. More about Design Spaces.


PARTNER EVENT | Denver UX Presents: Crafting Product Vision Stories

👏Join our friends from Denver UX for an engaging, interactive workshop on crafting Product Vision Stories featuring Hannah Deering, Director of UX Design at Workvia.

If you have ever gotten blank stares when describing what you know is the perfect solution, this workshop is for you!

Storytelling has been gaining increasing attention as a powerful tool for persuasion and collaboration. Building up a story around your ideas, big or small, helps people understand the problem, empathize with users, and visualize the impact of your solution.

In this workshop, you'll apply the standard three-act storytelling framework to an idea you are working on and walk away with a supercharged way to share your vision.

✅Please bring:
- an idea
- sharpie
- notecards
- post-its or paper

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