Past Meetup

Designing with Passion

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HootSuite (Headquarters)

5 East 8th Avenue · Vancouver, BC

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Doors open at 6:30pm, talks start at 7:00pm. No admittance after 7:15pm.

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Many of us spend our days designing for things we aren't necessarily passionate about. Design is our job. And that doesn't mean we don't love doing it and that we aren't excited. But it's also not really what we care about. Instead, we turn to passion projects on our off time to really show off what we care about. Please join us as we spend an evening taking a look at what it means to be passionate about your design work and the amazing things that can come out of it.

An ASL interpreter will be available during the event. Please get in touch if you would like us to ensure you have a seat with good visibility to the interpreter.

Efficient Web Type, c. 1556 — Kenneth Ormandy, @kennethormandy (

It’s 1556, and Pierre Haultin is looking for the boundaries type can perform within — in metal. We’re still facing dilemmas of typographic efficiency centuries later.

This talk introduces practical web font loading patterns and the WOFF 2.0 format from a typographic perspective, established by Haultin in the mid-16th century. His experience reveals an overlap between type setting and web performance, relevant to designers’ increasing use of JavaScript, and developers’ of type.

Kenneth Ormandy ( is a designer at (, organises Vancouver’s typography meetup (, and studies type design at Emily Carr University.

Confessions of a Luddite — Ryan Betts, @hitsmachines (

“The Jetsons is the best science fiction ever because it got the most important thing right: amazing technology won't make us happy.” - Adam Wilson.

Our industry is marching boldly towards a future of self-driving cars, drone-based delivery systems, quantified everything, blockchain everything and a virtual reality metaverse. But you know what? It's not going to make us any happier. Because we – yes even "we" the designers – keep forgetting about the human scale of things.

Ryan is an interaction designer who codes. He is the co-founder of a new product & experience design firm called HUMAN.

An assortment of beer and soft drinks will be provided, no food. 19+, minors not permitted due to alcohol service.

After Party

We tend to head to Tap & Barrel ( after the event to have some drinks and more nuanced conversation. If you can make it, we'd love to see you there!

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