🎉 Welcome to the first edition of The QD Monthly!

Hello QTBIPOC Designers! Welcome to our brand new newsletter, The QD Monthly, a digital publication delivered straight to your inbox, created by and for the QTBIPOC Design community!

Our goal is to provide you with curated design resources, tools, and inspiration, while also exchanging stories from within our community and the design world as a whole. We really want this to be a way to share insightful and helpful material for everyone in our little (but rapidly flourishing!) organization, while also serving as a medium to tell meaningful stories and build community. 

We are so excited to launch this newsletter and to be able to build out new ways to support and empower QTBIPOC designers! That said, feel free to hit us back with any suggestions, comments, or feedback; if there are any stories, tools, or anything that you’d like to share with us to consider in future issues, we’d love to hear from you. Thanks so much for being a part of this group. We’re so happy to have you!
- Kenny, Community Director
“Making spaces at the table is an important function in a healthy, creative ecosystem, and you are needed at the table to expand the conversation on what is possible.”
- Kristy Tillman
Our next UX Night is planned for November 17, 2020 at 4PM PT / 7PM ET. We'll be hosting a Figma Masterclass, where you'll be able to learn the fundamentals of designing in Figma, while picking up some pro-tips along the way. We hope to see you there! 
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“People don’t hire you for your skills, they hire you for who you are. It’s not about just focusing on what you do and dedicating yourself to it, but focusing on what makes you uniquely you in how you do your job.”
- Jimena Almendares

📚 Good Reads & Wisdom

Make Your Post-Election Self-Care Plan Now →  

When Self-Care Becomes a Form of Activism →  
For those of us in the US, it's more important than ever to remain engaged during this election season. Still, it's also necessary, especially for us QTBIPOC folk, to take time to care for ourselves and our mental health in times like these. Election Night can be a whirlwind, and while it’s hard to predict exactly what we’ll feel as the day goes on, preparing a self-care plan beforehand just might help you get through it!
From tasks to tricks: the UX of Among Us →
Dive into the design behind Among Us, the game that's captured the internet, elected officials (ICYMI: Highlights from Congresswoman AOC's 'Among Us' stream), and our very own QTBIPOC Design members by storm!
Animated GIF of AOC saying "Trans Rights" while playing Among Us
How To Find And Do Work That You Love (Ikigai) →
Chris Do, the CEO and Founder of The Futur, demonstrates the Ikigai exercise and talks about how to find work that you love.

🏠 Community Corner

Wren (they/them/theirs) is a storyteller and activist using the mediums of human-centered design, film, social media, and graphic design to impact social change, especially for LGBTQ and Asian American Pacific Islanders. They are exploring the intersection of design, film, technology, and human rights.
Why did you become a designer? 
I became a designer to do good in the world. I believe in the power of design and storytelling to impact social change.
What are you looking forward to in the future?
I hope to one day move out to the West Coast to be a UX designer by day and filmmaker by night, living in my apartment with a cat named Toast.
How do you spend your free time?
I watch a lot of movies and TV shows. The Good Place and The Umbrella Academy are my favorite TV shows. I also do a lot of screenwriting!
What message do you have for the QTBIPOC Design community?
Getting into design is a rewarding experience. You've got this!

🔨 Tools & Resources

ReallyGoodUX  →
Looking for inspiration for your next UX project? ReallyGoodUX is a great resource to explore UX examples from existing solutions and read about what makes these really good user experiences, well, really good.
HappyHues →
HappyHues helps you test out color palettes and show what they might look like in context on a website or interface. 
DesignBetter Books  →
Invision has created a library of resources containing guides to best practices in the design industry. Topics range from Product Design to Animation to Business Thinking to learning how to effectively work remotely.

⭐️ QD Picks

Daily Routines →
Readymag explored the lives and work habits of five designers from different backgrounds to find out what helps them stay productive and creative.
Pride Radio →
A music-video-platform that exists to discover, stimulate and celebrate Queer artists and music worldwide.
Learning Design Fundamentals Through Cinema →
A glimpse at how UI Design principles manifest across disciplines and within some cool films. 
“May happiness find you... And remember that bad times are just times that are bad.”
- Katrina, Animal Crossing's fortune-telling feline  🐱🔮
💕 Thanks for reading, and take care! 
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