Designer Hangout was created by Jake Rogelberg to join UX designers and researchers who discuss trends, give advice, share stories, uncover insights, surface opportunities, and connect in-person and virtually in a dedicated spam-free community. This community allows you to build your career and expand your network through collaborative learning. For joining in, you need to apply and send your portfolio. Then you'll enter into a waiting list until the team manually reviews your application.
Members are carefully selected to maintain the quality of the community, but still, you can participate in the virtual events where world-class designers lead live Q&As even if you're not a part of it yet.
Once you get accepted, you can join the private Slack channels for free to exchange support and resources from your peers and be part of a local channel based on your location. There's also a job board available where you can find the next opportunity.
Private Slack community:
Join the 18,000+ skilled designers and researchers from all over the world to learn and find useful tools for your projects. Find your local channel for in-person meetings and support. Members are carefully selected to fit into the quality standard so you can be part of a community that shares your interests and needs. Participate in Q&A sessions monthly and speak with design influencers.
Find your next job opportunity or hire a skilled designer.
Access to relevant articles and tools within the newsletter.
Even if you're not part of the group yet, you can attend the Q&A events and get assistance from world-class design leaders.
Send your portfolio and met the community-standard quality for getting accepted.
They meet on Slack, where members have the chance to connect in feedback and networking channels. Although they're a free community, to join this design Slack group you need to fill an admission form.
They take the quality of members very seriously to provide useful channels and resources for designers. Once you get accepted, you will have access to a vibrant community of creatives with plenty of opportunities to share and grow.
Access to a list of books for designers and researchers.
"Designer Hangout is a remarkable community for designers at every level. I've personally used it to recruit designers, connect with friends, and get feedback from really smart people. I wish this had been around when I was just starting out, and I'm grateful it exists now." -Laura Klein.