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DUp 162 ๐Ÿ’– Best of 2023: Recaps & WrapsUps, BounceBack & StepUp & More...

Hello hello to the last newsletter of 2023! And what a year it has been - from the magic and tensions of AI, slowdowns across the tech world, layoffs, the (almost) death of WFH, Twitter drama, OpenAI, Gaza, China and the solar supply chain, Indiaโ€™s EV hubs, Crypto-fraud, Slack re-design, and does anyone remember Threads?

Across 2023, we wrote 7,800+ words in this newsletter and got over 51,800 impressions across multiple countries - our top three being USA, India and the UK. And thatโ€™s not counting this issue.

Here at DesignUp, it was all about what the community needed this year:

๐Ÿ’– Bounce Back BootCamp - March 2023

When there's chaos all around, human beings have to adapt, grow, and learn - and when we choose to work together, we always get through it.

Read more in our March 2023 issue:

๐Ÿ’– DesignUp Local Communities

Local chapter meetups began this year in Pune, Chennai, and Singapore:

๐Ÿ’– DesignUp & Shell Mixer - June 2023

A great post from Rasagy Sharma, click through to see his โœจ marvellous sketchnotes โœจ

๐Ÿ’– DesignUp Clinics

Held every month, DesignUp Clinic helped you discover answers, uncover clarity and find new shores - whether itโ€™s for your career, your first job, your startup or maturing org!


You asked, we answered - and StepUpTo24 was not another โ€˜UI/UXโ€™ Conference-as-usual! Read the Wrap-ups and Recaps here:

And finally, a huge thanks to our volunteers, community leaders, speakers, friends and family of DesignUp -

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โœจ Best of the Year

The most read stories in our newsletter this year were around our careers and AI - Trying to understand AI, and in the age of AI, what is the value of Design, and how does our practice and process evolve -

Design work from within our community was popular!

Girish Dalviโ€™s talk at DesignUp2022 made the complex world of type design accessible, getting a standing ovation from the packed audience.

Want to catch up on the popular issues?

๐Ÿ€ Hereโ€™s to better, stronger, wiser in 2024!