🎉 Welcome to the third edition of The QD Monthly!

Happy new year, and welcome back to The QD Monthly! For anyone receiving this for the first time, this is QTBIPOC Design's digital publication that aims to provide you with design resources, tools, and inspiration, as well as spotlights on some of the folks in our community. 

In this edition, we're celebrating making it through the train wreck of 2020 and starting a new chapter with the new year! We're so appreciative of everyone in this community and are so excited to see how we grow together this year. 

- Kenny, Community Director
"I definitely encourage folks who may be out there feeling like the only black person or the only person of color in their design team, or their company, or whatever, to find community, because I know what it's like and it's rough when you're in that role and you feel alone and don't have someone to process with."
Our next UX Night is planned for Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 4PM PT / 7PM ET. Be sure to RSVP and join us! We'll be hosting part two of our Figma masterclass, where we'll be going over components, auto layouts, and responsive design. 
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Plus, here's a sneak peek at some more events we have queued-up this year:
  • Tuesday, January 12, 2021: Figma masterclass part 2: components, auto layouts, and responsive design (registration is now open)
  • Tuesday, February 9, 2021: Leveling up your design career: how to get promotions, pay increases, and more responsibilities
  • Tuesday, March 9, 2021: Why are things never accessible? Demystifying the struggles around accessibility and business
  • Tuesday, April 13, 2021: Design masterclass: from inspiration to design, tips to level up your design
  • Tuesday, May 11, 2021: Bootcamp, now what? From one hustle to the next, advice on how to land your first job and beyond
  • Tuesday, June 8, 2021: Pride celebration!
  • Tuesday, July 13, 2021: Let's talk money. How to manage your design business rate, pay, and finances.
  • Tuesday, August 10, 2021: Figma masterclass part 3
  • Tuesday, Sept 14, 2021: To leave or not to leave? When to close a chapter to start anew.
  • Tuesday, October 12, 2021: The state of design and UX in 2021
  • Tuesday, November 9, 2021: Topic on gratitude
  • Tuesday, December 14, 2021: The state of equity in design in 2021
Note: some events may shift as the year progresses.
"When you are working with homogeneous teams,... the solutions they bring to the table tend to be homogeneous as well. Lack of diversity makes it more challenging for a creative lead to ensure the team is exploring multiple, varied solutions and angles on how to tackle the same problem. That is what creativity is all about: seeing things in different ways." 

📚 Good Reads & Wisdom

100 design lessons for 2021 →
From design tools, to our design process, to the user behaviors that will change the way we design — a list of what to expect for User Experience Design in the next year.
Here's why you need to have more bad ideas →
When you're struggling to come up with a fresh sentence, concept, or product, it's easy to think all the great ideas have been used up. 
Creating a Trans-Inclusive Workspace →
Discussing steps we can take to make transgender employees feel valued at work. 

🔨 Tools & Resources

Accessibility & Disability Justice Guide →
A huge collection of accessibility and usability resources maintained by Alex Chen, a queer product designer based in Chicago.
2020 Design Tools Survey Results →
Check out some of the most popular tools, platforms, and industry trends that emerged in 2020. 
UI Sources →

Looking for UI inspiration for your next project? UI Sources is a great resource for exploring UI samples from some of the top apps in the industry.

🏠 Community Corner

Hi, I'm Kenny (he/him)! I'm a first-gen, Asian-American designer currently based in San Diego, CA. I like design and I like communities that support other underrepresented folks; thus I love being a part of QTBIPOC Design! Some of my favorite things include pop music, playing chill video games, and Avatar: the Last Airbender.
Why did you become a designer?
I was a little computer nerd growing up and really loved designing and creating things on the internet (building web pages for my Neopets and customizing my angsty little Tumblr profiles were my first intros to stuff like HTML/CSS, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.). While applying to college, I learned about HCI and Design and thought it was a really great mix of a bunch of my interests, and now here I am. :D 
Latest Book/TV/Music/Movie/Podcast Recommendation?
I've mentioned before that I love pop music, and right now, I'm obsessed with Rina Sawayama. If you haven't listened yet, her latest album is essential! 
Random fact?
A few years back, I won an online meme-making contest and, as a prize, got to Skype call with Carly Rae Jepsen.
What message do you have for the QTBIPOC Design community?
Self care reminder! Remember to drink water, stretch, take a deep breath, and/or anything else you gotta do to relieve even a bit of stress. Personally, one of my goals this year to take better care of myself, so this is me passing that note on to you. 

⭐️ QD Picks

Cards for Humanity →
A helpful tool for thinking about accessibility and inclusive design. Deal cards to get a random person and their needs. Your challenge is to work out how to design for this person. 
Why being stuck at home drains your creativity →
This article discusses some of the ways that the pandemic impacts creative thinking.
Glassmorphism in User Interfaces →
Take a peek at glassmorphism, the design trend growing increasingly popular among designers this year.
Screenshot of tweet from Dionne Warwick on combating impostor syndromeLessons from legendary chanteuse and (apparently!) new CEO of Twitter, Dionne Warwick.
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