🎉 Welcome to the seventh edition of The QD Monthly!

Welcome back to The QD Monthly, QTBIPOC Design's digital publication that aims to provide you with updates on our community along with some tools, resources, inspiration, and more to take with you wherever you are in your design journey. 😁 

It’s official! QTBIPOC Design is now classified as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization!  We’re so excited for all the new things we can accomplish with this update that allow us to expand the reach of our organization’s goals and mission. We’ve got a lot of new and exciting opportunities coming up with this announcement, so stay tuned for more! 🎉🙌🎈

Still, as we continue to grow the community and expand our network of resources, we're still very much invested in making sure that we continue to create safe, supportive, and meaningful spaces for all of you here already. As always, thanks so much for being a part of this group, and hope you enjoy the rest of this newsletter! 💖✨🌠

In this issue, we... 
  • Come to you with info on our upcoming events and other community happenings.
  • Share some cool, helpful, and fun resources
  • & much more! 

📰 News & Events

Our next UX Night is planned for Tuesday May 11, 2021 at 4PM PT / 7PM ET. Be sure to RSVP and join us! We'll be hosting Bootcamp, now what?, a workshop where we'll chat about early career advice and tips on landing your first job.
Sign up on Eventbrite!
Game Night →
Tues, May 4
Join us this Tuesday, May 4 at 5:30PM PT / 8:30PM PT for game night! We'll be playing Gartic Phone, a telephone pictionary game. Join us in our gaming channel in Slack for updates! 🎮🎲 
QTBIPOC Design Jam →
Wed, May 19th
Our second Design Jam will be happening on Wednesday, April 21 at 4PM PT / 7PM ET. We'll be doing hands-on workshops every month to ideate, innovate, and design products together! 📝
Out in Tech #UIUX |  Designing with Equity→
Thurs, May 20th
We're partnering with Out in Tech for an event on Thursday, May 20th at 5PM PT / 8PM ET. We'lll be talking about establishing equity with our creative teams starts and reevaluating our everyday design processes.
QTBIPOC Design Book Club Discussion →
Mon, May 24 
Our first Book Club discussion is happening Monday, May 24, 2021, where we'll be discussing Mismatch: How Inclusion Shapes Design by Kat Holmes. 📘
QTBIPOC Design x Maurice Cherry →
Tues, May 25
On Tuesday, May 25 at 4PM PT/ 7PM ET. We'll be hosting an online talk with Maurice Cherry about his award-winning podcast, Revision Path, and insights from his career journey. 
Design@Large →
Wed, May 26
Steven, founder of QTBIPOC Design, will be giving a talk as part of UC San Diego's Design@Large speaker series. He'll be discussing Designing for Equity: Creating More Inclusive and Accessible Products.
"There is an urgent need for guardrails to ensure that future design, or any kind of design pedagogy, isn’t framed by a privileged perspective, or overly focused on either the historical or the future."
- Forest Young, on designing a more inclusive future

📚 Good Reads & Wisdom

Design For Good: What It Is & How To Get Started →
Discover what design for good means, and a heap of actionable tips and resources to support your next project!
Why Design Thinking is hurting User-Centered Design →
Insights into Design Thinking frameworks and how to promote more meaningful user-centered design processes
Smartphone too distracting? Here’s how to reclaim your focus →
Tips & strategies to stay focused, even when your smartphone 
"When people are reflected in your mission, vision, product, and marketing, they sense that they were the target user or that this was something that was built with them in mind. "
- Annie Jean-Baptiste, on understanding exclusion in design

🔨 Tools & Resources

UX Beginner Glossary & Dictionary →
A comprehensive dictionary of user experience terms and definitions.
UX Tools Challenges →
Put your UX knowledge into practice through real-world exercises. Contains a variety of challenges including user interview practice, wireframing exercises, usability testing, and creating design systems.
Climate Tech Guide for Designers →
A guide to help you build a career in climate tech and discover companies that are paving the future of sustainability
"Community is particularly key for marginalized groups as isolation can be such a real prospect. With the design industry being so dominated by white males, it leaves a whole group of people questioning their validity and their place within the design community. I think one of the key things to remember about communities is that they exist to support and nurture, and inclusivity is vital.”
- Indiana Lawrence, on the importance of community

✨ Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

The month of May is dedicated to recognizing and paying tribute to Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success. At QTBIPOC Design, we want to acknowledge the importance of honoring AAPI history (and especially LGBTQ+ AAPI history) that has forged a path for many of us today. While we’ve witnessed pain and tragedy in our community this past year, we also want to celebrate our strength and solidarity over time.

Here are a few resources and actions to honor AAPIHM, but we also encourage you to participate in any other ways that you come across yourself:
Asian Americans Advancing Justice →
Get involved and learn about more ways to get involved in fighting for civil rights and empowering the Asian American community.
Asian Americans Film Series →
Asian Americans is a five-hour film series that delivers a bold, fresh perspective on a history that matters today, more than ever.
Smithsonian's Asian Pacific American Collection →
Innovative, community-centered online museum experiences by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.

⭐️ QD Picks

What's new in Figma? (Config 2021 Updates) →
ICYMI — Figma announced a ton of new updates and features, including a new whiteboarding tool, branching, mobile app updates, and more
Aurora UI →
Blurred, organic gradient backgrounds are going to be a thing this year. 👀 A quick look at what that looks like and how you can implement the style yourself
uiwtf →
An experimental laboratory of user interface patterns and interactions that make you think "wtf?" in a thought-provoking way
Tweet: This is Simba and Cooper. They're finally fully vaccinated. Hugging for the first time in over a year. Picture of two dogs hugging.
No meaningful caption necessary. Just dogs hugging. 🥺💖
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