IDF London - Building careers in UX

Space4, 149 Fonthill Road, Finsbury Park London N4 3HF
Time zone:
(UTC +00:00) London
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This is an IDF Local Group meet-up

  • Attendance is free
  • You do not have to be a member of the IDF to attend

What are Local Groups?

IDF Local Groups will expand your local career network - whether you are interested in learning new skills, looking for new job opportunities, new clients for your company, or a great new dedicated employee.

An IDF Local Group is a group of people who are just as passionate about design as you are. Each Local Group holds physical meetings and the agenda is to get inspired, discuss, have fun, learn and improve your career. Meetings take place in a relaxed and fun atmosphere at a local cafe, an office building, or an auditorium depending on the agenda for the meeting. For each Local Group there is also an online Local Group so you can stay in touch and help update each other on local events.

Meet-up description

Let’s meet to discuss growing in UX, finding opportunities, building careers, portfolios and more!

What & where:

This will be a relaxed round-table event at coworking space, just next to Finsbury Park tube station (that’s on the Victoria line, a couple of stops north from Kings Cross). There's a map on their website.We will also minute the event on the IDF London Slack (direct link to the Slack channel for the event is here). Afterwards we can decamp to the nearby WB Yeats pub too.


A pretty relaxed and constructive round-table in the Space4 big room, followed by drinks. :) We'll have a projector and a laptop so we can look at things and collaborate on screen too.

I’ll put together a loose agenda, and to help our discussions it would be great if some people could please offer to speak for a minutes on any career / finding-work related topic. Maybe you'd like to speak about a great development opportunity you’ve done and can recommend to others. Or what has / hasn’t worked for you in building your career. Or a big challenge that you’re facing in your career development.

I’ll offer something for the mix: I can talk about our company Outlandish, which is a worker-owned tech co-operative. It was formed by freelance designers and developers who came together to start a company and build a better way of working. I can explain how we all collaborate to find work, organise ourselves and make a living!

If you have an idea for something you’d like to talk about please do put it in the comments or in the Slack channel and let's add it to the evening's plan :)

Hope to see you there!

-- Richard

33 IDF members (and some non-members) are attending:

Meet-up discussion

Hi all! Feel free to ask questions about the place, date and time, agenda of the meeting, or anything else. Also please head over to the Slack channel for this event and let us know if you'll be there or following live by voting on the appropriate emoji on this message (it's in the #2018-10-11-careers channel.)

Not on IDF London's Slack? Get on it here.


Hi Richard, can I get an invite to the Slack channel? I've actually never used Slack before so this should be fin!


Hi @ignacio - I need an email address to send you the Slack invite. Can you add either a) reply to me on LinkedIn, or b) tell me your Interaction Design Foundation email address?



Hi Richard, I sent it tp you through LinkedIn. Thanks!!!!

Hi Richard, Many thanks for organising this event. Looking forward to meeting likeminded people and listening to their experiences of transitioning into a UX role. All the best. AJ.

Cheers AJ! See you there :)

Hello, Slack is asking me to sign in when I click that link - but it doesn't accept my usual Slack credentials.. do I need to be invited to this workspace specifically?

Hi! I am experiencing the same issue. Did you manage to solve this problem yet?

Hi Noreen - I've invited you now via your IDF email address. ;)

@robbie - I've invited you too via your IDF email address.

Hi Richard, like some of the others I'm having trouble accessing the IDF London Slack channel.
Please send me an invite when convenient.

Hi Leon - I just sent you an invite to your IDF email address but Slack tells me you're already in the Workspace. Are you still having problems accessing it?


Hi Richard,
I'm in now -- strange, but cool :)

Thanks for the assist!

See you on the 11th.

Hi guys,

I just joined IDF courses and I am really looking forward to become part of the IDF London community.

My slack email it is Can you please invite me to this one?

Also, I am really sorry but I physically cannot make it to this event as I will be away that day. Are you planning to support a streaming session as well?

Thanks a lot,


Hi Alby - it looks like you're already in the Slack workspace. Are you still having troubles accessing it?

Afraid I can't stream it tonight but one to consider for future meetups!


Hi Rich,

I was able to join Slack ws, thanks for the invitation :). Ok no problem for the streaming. We can join forces next time and maybe try to find a solution to it.

See you to the next meetup


Hi everyone,

Thanks everyone for signing up to Thursday's Meetup! As we now have quite a few potential attendees (63!) I am going to open the format up from being a round table to being an Unconference.

So, after a short introduction we'll break the 2 hours into sessions each based around a particular topic. Around each topic we will form ourselves into an informal group to discuss and exchange learning and advice... before we head to the pub to continue the conversations. ;)

So the theme and angle are Building Careers in UX: How to advance and develop?

And the sessions will be on whatever topic we want to discuss. You can propose a topic! Just add whatever you would like to talk about / discuss to this thread and we will add it to the available options on the night. The final choice of session topics that run will depend on the level of interest on the night.

Here are a few session ideas to get us started:

  1. Transitioning into UX design
  2. UX interviewing and best practice
  3. Better portfolios
  4. How, where to find work
  5. Training, courses & building your skills
  6. Agencies and contracts

Please add your topics and I look forward to seeing you on Thursday!


Hi Richard,

Could you please send me an invite for the IFD London Slack channel?.My IDF email address is

Thank You!

Hi Jade - invited!


Hi Richard,

Thanks for your efforts in organising this event, I'm looking forward to meeting everyone soon! Could you please send me an invite for the IFD London Slack channel?

I'm not sure where to find my IDF email address, I looked in 'Profile' but didn't spot it. If possible please kindly send a slack channel invite it to

Thank You!


Hi Rosie - I've just sent you an invite ;)


Hi Richard,

I was very much looking forward to this event. Unfortunately, it looks like i will be required to interview candidates tonight. I will make sure i attend the next event. Apologioes for the late notice.

Have a great night. Looks like a great and very important topic to discuss.


Hey no worries Finn. Hope to catch up soon.


Thanks everyone who came last night to Space4 and the careers meetup! I'll write up the notes I took today and post them to the Slack channel.

I just sent out the Slack invites people asked for - pls do let me know if anyone is still requiring an invite! And if you are already in Slack but not part of the channel, just add the Channel #2018-10-11-careers


Okay the notes from last night's UX careers meetup are now in the IDF London Slack channel! (it's in the #2018-10-11-careers channel.)

Check them out and add anything you think is helpful!

And see you at the next one soon ;)


And here's the Space4 mailing list signup for info on future events, hackathons etc:



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