Looking to get more involved with the UX community? There are many supportive and welcoming UX communities out there.
We all know how important is to find communities that align with what matters to you. To help you get started, I’ve listed 5 key UX communities that can expand your network and mind.
Interaction Design Foundation (IxDF)
Let's start with the community that I am member of. Interaction Design Foundation (IxDF) is an educational organization which produces open access educational materials online with the stated goal of "democratizing education by making world-class educational materials free for anyone, anywhere." The platform also offers courses taught by industry experts and professors in user experience, psychology, user interface design, and more.
Join now: https://www.interaction-design.org/
Dribbble is one of the main social networking communities for designers. And there’s a big UX presence on it. Here you can like, comment and get inspiration from other UX professionals. Get involved with the Dribbble community by sharing your own work too. It also has a great jobs board that lists plenty of UX roles.
Sign up: dribbble.com
Ladies that UX
Ladies that UX was founded in 2013 by UX professionals Lizzie Dyson and Gerogie Bottomley. They both noticed that there weren’t many women in senior UX roles and wanted more role models. It’s a female only, global UX community that’s all about giving women a community to support each other. Ladies that UX regularly post educational content on their YouTube too.
Join your local chapter: www.ladiesthatux.com
Latinxs Who Design
Latinxs Who Design is a living directory of Latinxs in the design industry. It’s a community where you can find key voices to follow on Twitter, find a mentor to help you, network, and make new friends too. Latinxs Who Design also has an active Slack community with over 2,000 members.
Blacks Who Design
Blacks Who Design is a directory and community of all of the inspiring Black designers in the UX industry. The goal of the community is to inspire new designers, encourage people to diversify their social media feeds, and discover new individuals to join your team. Blacks Who Design have a Slack community too.
Why you should join a design community
Designing is not an isolated creative process, we take and grow from the ideas, images and well… everything that is around us. Most design can be improved with communication and exposition, when we interact with others — colleagues, friends, experts, our family, or maybe even our own pet- creative ideas will evolve and become bigger and better.