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    No matter where you see yourself in the vast design/frontend/backend spectrum, one thing is for sure: there is always so much more to discover. This edition of up.front is about people who decided to dig deeper and expand their knowledge beyond the usage of out-of-the-box solutions or the general expectations on them, their role, or their tech-stack. We look forward to three exciting talks for the first up.front of the year. See you there! ⛏⛏⛏ Ilona Demidenko: Beyond The Limitations of Frontend - Onto Fullstack Journey! As a frontend developer, there are quite a few closed doors in the house of application development for you. For example, if both of your backend colleagues are on vacation, then you might be stuck and not able to deliver full features to your customers anymore. Same goes the other way around, of course. Once you feel quite good and confident in your current specialization, it makes sense to learn more areas in your stack so that you won’t be blocked like that, and you can do all the work required from A to Z. This will also make your skill set more valuable in companies that want to move faster. In this talk, you are going to learn what Full Stack Developer really is, and how can a frontend developer transition to being one. Ilona is a Frontend Software Engineer at Zenjob GmbH. Her professional interests include web development and web design, focusing on ReactJS applications. She likes to work hard for things that are worth it. ilonacodes.com twitter.com/ilonacodes 🕳🕳🕳 Oscar Braunert: How We Ditched iFrames and Learned to Love Video This talk will walk you through the infrastructural decisions and complications Oscar and his team encountered while refactoring the video experience on kitchenstories.com You will learn about HLS, poster images and why small gestures can go a long way (in life and opening overlays). Oscar is a frontend developer, lover of typography and not very talented in summing up what he his. ovl.design twitter.com/_ovlb 🌋🌋🌋 Florian Stolzenhain: From Content to Frontend: What Lurks Beneath the View? Paradigms! It’s what programmers apply when thinking up software. Florian will highlight some gaps in the popular model-view-controller pattern from a frontend perspective and how to cleverly sidestep these by verbalizing and reflecting on your work in teams. Florian has been called a hippie on several occassions and has since decided that Peace, Love and Understanding aren’t the worst of paradigms to work with. http://stolzenhain.net/en 🔦🔦🔦 • for more information including our Code of Conduct visit the up.front website (http://up.front.ug/) • up.front takes place at Co.up (http://co-up.de/) • send us talk submissions here (http://up.front.ug/submit/) • contact us via meetup or write us on Twitter @upfront_ug (https://twitter.com/upfront_ug) Please get in touch for any questions. Your organisers: Kristina, Katha, Max and Alex

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    Our last meetup for 2018 😱 Join us for three talks and get winter-proof for all things visual trends, secure API designs, and browsers. Also, attention companies: This is your last chance to secure a recruiting slot at Up.front before we and all the talent out there go into hibernation: http://up.front.ug/sponsoring/ *** Francesco Bianchi: Navigating Visual Trends The visual design landscape is in constant motion. Every year new trends emerge shaping new visual aesthetics, UI animations, and navigation patterns. As designers we are unavoidably influenced by them –consciously or not – and often dragged into the discussion about whether to adopt or avoid them. Taking part in this discussion is not only a matter of creativity but implies a broader view that includes questions such as: what do these trends mean in terms of the user experience? How are they perceived outside the design community? And finally, what are the guiding principles while tackling and analyzing these trends? Francesco Bianchi is a Visual-Interaction designer at Edenspiekermann Berlin, a global design and consulting firm driven by brand, content and technology. Previously, Francesco worked also at Leftloft (Milan) and Landor (Hamburg). He graduated in Politecnico di Milano and participated in the Data-Shack Program at Harvard University. His work explores and combines different fields, from user experience to graphic design, coding and data visualization. @BiaFrancesco *** Yulia Startsev: RFC-Party #3552 This will be a lightning talk about RFC #3552 and will cover security recommendations for API designs. It will be very fast, covering the most important topics, just enough to get people feeling empowered to read it themselves. Yulia is a developer tools developer at Firefox. She is also a representative at TC39 for Mozilla. She likes standards. @ioctaptceb *** Julius Sohn & Julius Gehrig: Refresh – A Fresh Approach to the Web Browser There’s a new email client out there every other week. But there’s little to no new thought given to one of the most used apps out there: The browser. In this talk Julius and Julius walk us through how they approached their research and their process in designing and prototyping their bachelor thesis project Refresh. Julius and Julius met in their first semester at the university of applied sciences Berlin. Since then they have worked together on countless uni projects including their joint thesis ‘Refresh’ published in 2018. @juliusgehrig @juliussohn

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    The second meetup of the autumn season is ON! 🍃 Meet your speakers: 1️⃣ Magda Bocheńska - The Art and Craft of Workshop Facilitation Design Workshops are one of the most important assets in the designer's toolkit, but do we give them enough credit and attention? Meetings design is a craft in itself and requires a diverse skillset - from experience design to psychology and understanding group dynamics. Magda will share a bit of a context of why these different skills matter (and why it's not just about inviting different people and giving them the agenda) and let the audience learn from her experience (and past mistakes). If you ever struggled with making the participants involved in a co-creative design session or if you prefer to just stay at your computer and gather the feedback from others on Slack - this talk is for you. Since 2013, Magda has led various UX projects and processes, co-managed a digital strategy for a governmental culture institution and designed her own framework of a service design sprint for an aviation agency. With 5+ years of experience in designing digital experiences, she holds a skillset combined of design techniques, technical and programming skills and passion for psychology. http://bochenska.work - https://twitter.com/m_bochenska 2️⃣ Stefan Judis - I didn't know that! Web Development is a constant journey of new technologies and new things to learn. A year ago Stefan started documenting and sharing all the tiny things that he didn't know before and stopped being anxious about others thinking that he’s not smart. In this talk he’ll tell you what he learned! Stefan started programming 7 years ago and quickly fell in love with web performance, new technologies, and accessibility. He is also a curator of the web performance online resource Perf Tooling, organizer of the Web Performance Meetup Berlin, contributes to a variety of open source projects and enjoys sharing nerdy discoveries. https://www.stefanjudis.com - https://twitter.com/stefanjudis 3️⃣ Kathrin - How to Rule with Design Systems In Kathrin’s talk the audience will learn one way to set up and work with a design system with the help of React and Storybook. The talk starts with the idea behind using a design system. It focuses on how a setup with Storybook as a development environment works. It also shows some hands-on examples on how to build and use components with it. Kathrin has been working as a frontend engineer for more than 10 years. She also is a mentor for female students and wants to share her passion for frontend with them. https://twitter.com/thecakedesk 👋 See you all on October ninth!

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    The days are getting shorter and the evenings (slightly) colder, so it’s time for the first Upfront meetup of this fall season! 🍁🍂🎃 And here's our line-up for this meetup: *** Bastian Gruber: Remove Your Ego From Product Development In his talk, Bastian will share common obstacles inside a product team. To truly succeed, without burning out along the way, but ideas and product features into focus. Let the features talk instead of you. Bastian is a freelance software developer and experienced a lot of pitfalls during the development process and why people get frustrated. *** Michael Pieracci: Communication =/≠/&//+/- Documentation Michael would like to share some recent insights about how our tools and ways of working facilitate Communication and/or Documentation. He hopes this might add a new awareness to our day-to-day work in keeping people and projects both peaceful and productive. Michael is a Californian living in Berlin since 2013. He has many years experience in project management, most often with small teams with developers and designers. On the side he photographs, travels, drinks tea, and watches Star Trek. *** Tamara Lopez Breit: Establishing the UX Research Practice in a Digital Product Company We’ll discuss the evolution of user research within a company, and why becoming user-centric starts from inside. Tamara has been working at GetYourGuide for just over a year. She will share insights into her role, lessons learned and the constant drive within the company to put a human face on the people who use their products. According to the UX maturity level of your company, different changes and levels of expertise are required (that’s why this can last for years.) Addressing company culture is fundamental to success. Tamara Lopez Breit works as a UX researcher at GetYourGuide, being the first member of Research Team, she is establishing processes and advocating for research within the company. Previously, she worked as a UX consultant for agencies and startups in Europe and LATAM. She was a lecturer of UX at the university for 2 and a half years in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she is from. *** *** For this Meetup we teamed up with Codemotion, the largest tech conference for software developers in EMEA. And we're happy to provide a discount code to our community: COMMUNITY_UPFRONT will give you 20% off of all tickets! 👉 https://berlin2018.codemotionworld.com/

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    Before we’re closing our laptops, putting on our sunhats, and heading off into the summer break (of course only after swinging by at some great conferences) we’re taking a step back and take a look at the world beyond our daily business: How can we be more creative? And how we use our creativity to make a mark on the world? Our speakers may not have all the answers but they’ll for sure spark some interesting discussions. Our talks: 1. Lisa Passing: Federate You, Federate Me Lisa will talk about open source, decentralized, federated social networks. Mastodon, for example, is rather new and has learned a lot from the mistakes of the past and from similar projects. Why is federation cool and what does it mean anyway? This is what this talk is all about! 2. Kai-Uwe Niephaus - How to become a more focused, empathic, healthier, beautiful and better paid creative in only 1 step Analysing, and drawing parallels between the publishing trend, classic marketing, universalized process disfavor and common sense – this talk explores possibilities on how to take advantage of the everyday creative discomfort. Nonseriousness may occur. 3. Christine Lariviere - The Fisher King: Solving Climate Change in a Post-Truth World Belief in conspiracy theories, such as the idea that climate change is a hoax, suppresses a person’s feelings of autonomy and willingness to act—they’re resigned to impotency in the face of forces they deem more powerful than themselves. Now, social media is spreading suspicious thinking with user-specific filters and social exclusion, as well as exposure to increasingly extreme conspiracy content via recommendation algorithms. With an issue as pressing as climate change, we cannot afford inaction. This talk asks: how can we overcome ‘post-truth’ culture and create empowered individuals for climate action? *** • For more information visit the Up.front website (http://up.front.ug/) • Up.front takes place at Co.up (http://co-up.de/) • Send us talk submissions here (http://up.front.ug/submit/) • Contact us via meetup or write us on Twitter @upfront_ug (https://twitter.com/upfront_ug) Please get in touch for any questions. Your organisers: Kristina, Katha, Max and Alex

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    Up.front is back in April for our 81st meetup! Yes, it’ll probably be nice and warm out, but be sure to come by for ~90 minutes of charming nerdery anyway! Summer is long, and there’s only two more up.fronts before we take another break. Our talks: 1. Mara Ziemann - Positive Communication: Designing Online Communication with Positive Psychology How do you lead a fulfilled life? What is a good life? What is happiness and how can we enhance it? Positive Psychology is the study of exactly these questions. In this talk we discuss how the insights gained in this field can be transferred to product design and communication. 2. Priyanka Naik - Accessibility and HTML Priyanka will give a quick overview about making a website accessible for all the audience including impaired people and browser. Importance and detail usage of HTML tags. Introduction and usage of ARIA roles. At the end of the session the audience will be able to develop a accessible and structured website. 3. Iorrah Mota - Delightful UXs, paradoxes & baguettes At Bunch.ai we’ve recently launched an awesome AI-powered feature that correlates Slack communications & psychological behaviours and in this talk Iorrah will share their learnings on how they used data visualization technologies with JS, HTML and CSS to deliver a mind-blowing experience their users! 🙌 • For more information visit the Up.front website (http://up.front.ug/) • Up.front takes place at Co.up (http://co-up.de/) • Send us talk submissions here (http://up.front.ug/submit/) • Contact us via meetup or write us on Twitter @upfront_ug (https://twitter.com/upfront_ug) Please get in touch for any questions. Your organisers: Kristina, Katha, Max and Alex

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    Hi everyone! Exciting news! Up.front is back in March for our 80th meetup 🎷: Wohooo! Tuesday, March 13 – we're excited to finally kick off the Up.front meetup season with three meetups in total in March, April and May. 🌷 A Journey in Building and Publishing Static Sites | Charlie Owen In her talk, Charlie will show you her slow journey in building and publishing with static site generators. She will show you the practicalities and pitfalls of making sites using tools such as Jekyll and Hugo. Most importantly of all she'll show you how easy and fun it can be to get your own static sites out into the wild. After contracting as a front-end developer in London, and writing code for the front page of BBC News, Charlie Owen is now happily working as a senior FED for Springer Nature in Berlin. There she helps make the world of scientific publishing a better place by constructing design systems, banging on about inclusive design, and utilising those wonderful web standards. She rides bikes, drinks beer, and quite often says the wrong thing at the wrong time. https://sonniesedge.co.uk https://twitter.com/sonniesedge 🌸 Presenting Product Design | Joshua Söhn In this talk, Joshua will talk about the what and when of sharing work in a digital design process, how to build a reflecting portfolio of your skills and strengthen the importance of design within tech. Joshua will present the current state of digital product design and how it reflects the technology we are using. The talk also features enough examples to give you inspiration how to build your next strong product design portfolio. Joshua is a Design Lead at Kontist, where he works on building an easier banking experience for freelancers in order to automate and reduce bureaucracy. He cares about iterative design, systematic thinking and having an aligned ethical vision. http://joshuasoehn.de/ https://twitter.com/joshuasoehn 🌼 Selling a Design System - 4 Times | Thomas Lobinger At Amazon Web Services we have a team that creates and maintains a Design System. I will walk you through its long history and explain how our team was successfully growing the scope, impact, and team in the last 4 years. I will tell you what worked and what not and also why. I hope this will help you stay focused on the important things in your own design and frontend adventures. Thomas, studied everything from advanced space propulsion systems, math, bionics, quality assurance, economics, all the way to literal sausage making and graduated as an engineer an unknown double-digit number of years later. After realizing that building rockets or sausage factories is less fun than you might think it is, he bootstrapped two startups that were sold; one of them to Amazon in 2012 sparking the Berlin based Amazon Development Center. Thomas had different roles in Amazon in the last 6 years which all have two things in common; creating better customer experiences and automation. https://twitter.com/tlobinger Further links: • For more info visit the Up.front website (http://up.front.ug/) • Up.front takes place at Co.up (http://co-up.de/) • Send us talk submissions here (http://up.front.ug/submit/) • Contact us via meetup or write us on Twitter @upfront_ug (https://twitter.com/upfront_ug) Please get in touch for any questions. Your organisers: Kristina, Katha, Max and Alex

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    Our November meetup is coming up! As always, the meetup takes place at the co.up Event Space (http://co-up.de/). Doors open 7:30pm, Talks start 8:00 pm. It’s the last one of the year, so make sure not to miss it! With this one we'll close 2017 with a💃 – there WILL be Lebkuchen. Before we go into winter break ⛄️ : We've started to make plans for 2018! We'd love to consider your talk for the next round! Submit here: up.front.ug/submit (http://up.front.ug/submit/) Here’s our lineup… Viktoriia Leontieva: The scientific method of product design For centuries, the scientific method has been used to validate all kinds of hypotheses in various sciences—chemistry, physics, geology, and psychology. Scientists from different scientific areas use the same core approach to find answers that are logical and supported by evidence. Within our life framework we too explore environment through experimentation. In this talk Vic will draw the parallel between the scientific method and product design, and how it can be introduced into our design workflow. Vic is an end-to-end designer who takes interest in psychology, social studies and neuroscience. After taking a psychology course by University of Toronto, she enjoys finding parallels between psychology and design, and introducing them into her work process. killnicole.github.io (http://killnicole.github.io/) | @killnicole (https://twitter.com/killnicole?lang=de) Radimir Bitsov: What you see is faster than what you get - ways to speed up perception How do users perceive time? Why is it important to achieve better performance perception in comparison to the actual expectation? How can we be good to our users, and care more about their experience? Radimir’s talk will focus on these questions by presenting insights, practical techniques, and an overview of the experiential aspect of web performance. Radimir is a front-end engineer with a passion for web performance, accessibility, and interface animation. He is a follower of the clean, intuitive and engaging UI/UX standards and as a self-learner he is looking everyday to expand and share his knowledge and skills. radibit.com (https://www.radibit.com/) | @radibit (https://twitter.com/radibit) Yulia Startsev: Side Effects: Effects May Vary Handling side effects, such as async calls from a UI, is one of the difficult realities in a code base. Using react as a basis for the discussion, we will take a look at two different strategies for handling side effects, their pros and cons. Yulia is a developer tools developer at mozilla, debugging the debugger. @ioctaptceb (https://twitter.com/ioctaptceb) Further links: • For more info visit the Up.front website (http://up.front.ug/) • Up.front takes place at Co.up (http://co-up.de/) • Talk submissions best get delivered here (http://up.front.ug/submit/) • Contact us via meetup or write us on Twitter @upfront_ug (https://twitter.com/upfront_ug) Please get in touch for any questions. Your organisers: Kristina, Katha, Max and Alex

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    Mark your calendars for Up.front #78 on October 10. Invite your friends and prepare for an awesome gathering featuring three fantastic talks about design, development and everything inbetween. As always, at our community space of choice and kind supporter co.up (http://co-up.de/). *** Doors open: 7:30pm Talks start: 8:00pm *** Florian Stolzenhain: Code Less – Care Less! With Atomic CSS Florian’s talk covers a subjective view on changing frontend practices, their implications on team workflows and how the recent interest in functional CSS can positively impact project maintenance and team communication (whew!). Functio-what? Florian will try to explain these terms. And is it the most glorious of all frontend futures? You’ll find out in the reality check™ closing the talk. Florian studied design because he wanted to get away from computers. Now he memorizes Unix command listings. He is a senior frontend dev at Compuccino and co-founder of FUK. stolzenhain.net (http://stolzenhain.net/) - FUK (http://www.formundkonzept.de/) Charlie Owen: Dear Developer, It Isn’t About You Charlie will give us a very brief history of the Weird Wild Web and will take a look at what has made it so successful over the last couple of decades. She’ll outline some of the super easy things that we can do to carry on making it amazing and usable by everybody. Charlie came to Berlin to escape the horrors of London, and found herself at home in this beautifully weird city. She rides bikes, drinks beer, and quite often says the wrong thing at the wrong time. She works for Springer Nature, helping to make the world of scientific publishing a better place. @sonniesedge (http://twitter.com/sonniesedge) - sonniesedge.co.uk (http://sonniesedge.co.uk/) - github (https://github.com/sonniesedge) Liv Madsen: Your Team Primer on Design Systems Even though most of us understand that on the web visuals and code are often two sides of one coin, getting a bunch of designers and developers to work in unison on digital products can be surprisingly tricky. Isn’t there something we can lean on for help? Enter: design systems! This talk will provide a basic introduction to design systems and pattern libraries, focusing on how they can help us to bridge the gaps and optimise workflows within digital teams. Liv is a senior frontend developer with Edenspiekermann in Berlin. She cares greatly for design (and designers) and the stuff we all put on the web together. livmadsen.com (http://www.livmadsen.com/) - @livmadsen (https://twitter.com/livmadsen) We’re looking forward to se you all soooon – Your Up.front organizer team: Kristina, Max, Alex, Katharina *** Doors open: 7:30pm Talks start: 8:00pm *** You are playing with the idea of giving a talk yourself? We have only a few slots left this year and we'd be happy to receive your proposal here on our website (http://up.front.ug/submit/)! You never gave a talk at a meetup before? We encourage and offer support to beginners and speakers that belong to groups that are underrepresented in the industry. Please get in touch with one of the organizers if you have any questions.

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    Summer break is over! Mark your calendars for Up.front #77 on September 12. Invite your friends and prepare for an awesome frontend gathering featuring three fantastic talks at our co-working space of choice and kind supporter co.up (http://co-up.de/). We’re so looking forward to being back for this one. Your Up.front organizer team: Kristina, Max, Alex, Katharina Steffen Dietz: Team-friendly Frontend Testing Visually testing a demanding design for the frontend is *really* hard - especially when it comes to cross-device, pixel-perfect quality management. We came up with a bunch of tricks and an open source solution to tame the beast for everyone on the team. Steffen is working as a lead developer for the berlin-based digital agency Taikonauten. He’s been in the web game for 18 years and he loves automation and optimization. He also randomly twitters complete nonsense. taikonauten.com (https://www.taikonauten.com/) | @stffndtz (http://twitter.com/stffndtz) Mims Wright: A Designer’s Guide to Thinking like a Programmer Mims will explore how coders employ a plethora of interesting tools to solve problems. In his talk he will present 5 fundamental concepts that software developers use on a daily basis and show how you can apply them to make your designs better and your life easier. Mims is a freelance software developer from LA living in Berlin with 16+ years of experience creating websites, games and applications. mimswright.com (http://mimswright.com/cv/) | @mimshwright (https://twitter.com/mimshwright) Ivana McConnell: Technology, community, and code: building an inclusive UX In this talk, Ivana will describe how we use tech to build our identities and figure out who we are. We need to be aware of our role as developers and designers in shaping identities as we build our products. It’s critical to understand how code creates communities, online and offline, and how those will be experienced by minorities and the underrepresented— does it marginalise them? Does it enable them to be successful? Let’s learn about those responsibilities, how to be aware of them, and how to build better tech in the process. Ivana is a UI/UX designer, born in Sarajevo to a civil engineer-turned-translator and a UN Logistics Officer-turned-software engineer. She fell in love with the web on Geocities and Neopets, and is now based in Vancouver working for Customer.io. ivanamcconnell.com (http://www.ivanamcconnell.com/) | @IvanaMcConnell (https://twitter.com/IvanaMcConnell) You are dallying with the idea of giving a talk yourself, have something drafted out and waiting for .. now! We have only a few slots left this year and we'd be happy to receive your proposal here on our website (http://up.front.ug/submit/)! Haven't talked at a meetup before? We encourage and offer support to beginners and speakers that belong to groups that are mainly underrepresented in the industry. Please get in touch with one of the organizers.

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