Don’t Stop at Design Events

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Updated October 11, 2023
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There are many others! Once you go to an event you can ask the attendees where else they like to go. Don’t limit your events to product design though. Here are some good ones that I’ve attended in the past and found useful:

  • Products That Count. Founded by SC Moatti, in-depth events with presentations from PMs, VCs, and other big movers and shakers in industry.

  • Product School. Hosts informative events from speakers of top-tier tech companies in addition to doing PM training.

So if a product management or an interesting engineering talk comes around, consider going. Not only will you learn something new but you’ll have more opportunity to connect with folks who are potentially looking for design talent, and you won’t be competing against other designers at the event.

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With most events going remote this year, the opportunity to connect and attend an event is becoming easier and easier. Here’s how you can find some good ones:

  • Search for design on EventBrite, Facebook Local, and Meetup. What’s coming up?

  • Sign up for one event you’ll attend this month and go there. Post on your LinkedIn that you’ll be attending that event and you’re looking forward to meeting folks there.

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