A directory of UX/UI design Slack groups

Hi reader, I’m going to take a wild stab in the dark and predict that there are two things you probably like… UX and Slack.

It’s unlikely you’ve wandered onto this blog if you’re currently questioning (quite rightly) why the abbreviation for user experience isn’t UE.

It’s also unlikely that you’ve worked in digital over the last couple of years and not developed a palpable love of Slack – the messenger app for teams that’s meant to kill the need for internal emails, but just means you have another browser tab open at all times.

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One of the more fun developments in the Slackerverse is how companies and brands are opening up Slack groups for their customers and fans. These form a more exclusive platform for communication where you can message members directly or take part in larger channel discussions away from the wandering eyes of Twitter and really get into the nitty gritty of a subject.

Therefore we’re presenting a directory of Slack channels that may be of interest to you, dear person who probably definitely likes UX and Slack.

Many of these are aimed squarely at designers. Some are aimed at broader digital marketers, but all could prove helpful for your UX development, whether at the research, development or testing stage. Or maybe you just want to have a chat with a few people who know what the heck you’re talking about when you mention “IxD.”

UX/UI Slack communities

Please note: we’d like this to be a ‘living document’ – so if you have any more to add, we will happily include them. We’d also like to add any comments or reviews you have of your own experiences of these groups.

a11y

https://web-a11y.herokuapp.com/

Official blurb: “A community-driven effort to make web accessibility easier.” The a11y Slack channel offers support to “help to make web accessibility easier for front end developers to implement.”

Application requirements: just an email address, and you get immediate approval.

Members: 1,930

Code Newbie

https://codenewbie.typeform.com/to/uwsWlZ

Official blurb: “CodeNewbie started as a weekly TwitterChat to connect people learning to code by Saron. Since then it’s grown into a supportive, international community of people learning to code.”

Application requirements: standard ‘request an invite’ via typeform, the invite arrives fairly quickly.

Members: 11,600

Content + UX

http://mjmetts.com/content-ux-slack/

Official blurb: As hosted by Michael J. Metts, “I host a Slack group for people who are interested in the user experience of content. If you care about words and want to build better experiences, we’d love for you to join us.”

Application requirements: request via online form, with approval needed from the host.

Creative Tribes

http://creativetribes.co/slack/

Official blurb: “Join 950+ folk — startup entrepreneurs, strategists, marketers, developers, designers, blockchain enthusiasts, writers, and other creatives — to share and discuss strategies, experiences, and resources.”

Application requirements: one-time sign-up fee of $25.

Members: 950+

Extra details: has been running for 2.5 years, has 20 different channels.

Dear Designers

http://www.deardesigners.co/

Official blurb: “Dear Designers is a private Slack group where new and prospective designers can anonymously ask questions and get answers from experienced designers who come from the startup, agency, and big software company worlds.”

Application requirements: if you’re a new designer with less than two years of experience you’re welcome to join. However if you’re a designer with 5+ years of experience interested in fielding questions and sharing from your experiences, send an email to hi@okaysee.com.

Designer Hangout

https://www.designerhangout.co/

Official blurb: “Join 10,000+ UX designers and researchers from around the world to discuss user experience.”

Application requirements: standard ‘request an invite’ via typeform.

Members: 10,002

The Designership

http://thedesignership.com/

Official blurb: “As a designer there are plenty of places to find inspiration, tools to improve work flow but there’s no trusted and active community of creatives to learn, share and grow with. That is where The Designership comes in!”

Application requirements: just an email address, and you get immediate approval.

Members: 2,816

Junior UX community

https://slofile.com/slack/junioruxcommunity

Official blurb: “This is a channel to help junior UX designers across the world find a job!”

Application requirements: just an email address, and you get immediate approval.

Members: 2,441

Extra details: the team has 26 public channels in total.

Online Geniuses

https://onlinegeniuses.com/

Official blurb: “OG is the largest marketing Slack community. Join discussions with thousands of industry experts. With thousands of posts a day you can ask and answer questions around SEO, PPC, email marketing, Affiliate marketers and much more. Plus, we have special events like our weekly CRO teardowns and expert AMAs.”

Application requirements: it’s free to join, but they do vet all applications and may take a couple of weeks.

Members: 8213 (including people from Amazon, Facebook, Google and Microsoft)

Extra details: they host special events such as weekly CRO teardowns and expert AMAs.

Product Manager HQ

https://www.productmanagerhq.com/join-the-community/

Official blurb: “Connect, chat, and learn from the world’s largest Slack product community with thousands of product people around the world. In a few days, you’ll meet more product people in this community than you can in a life-time.”

Application requirements: one-off payment of $25.

Members: 4,200+

Spec

https://spec.fm/slack

Official blurb: “A network of designers and developers making the best podcasts, blogs, and resources for designers and developers. Spec exists to encourage the right conversations, promote the right tools and processes, and provide a culture of constant learning and improvement to the global community of developers and designers. We produce top-rated podcasts and content resources for developers and designers in every stage of their career, and we engage the community in discussion on a daily basis.”

Application requirements: standard ‘request an invite’ via typeform.

Members: around 2,000

Extra details: Spec’s podcasts are downloaded more than 100,000 times per week.

Testers

https://testersio.signup.team/

Official blurb: “Join the Testers Chat – a slack channel where we geek out about all things testing.”

Application requirements: standard ‘request an invite’ via typeform.

Members: 4,000+

UX Design Community

http://uxdesigncommunity.com/

Official blurb: “UX Design Community is a platform for designers and researchers to share inspirations, resources and knowledge to help each other to grow.”

Application requirements: just an email address, and you get immediate approval.

Members: 4,149

UX Mastery

https://slack.uxmastery.com/

Official blurb: UX Mastery was started “to rid the world of confusing, hard-to-use interactions and interfaces through quality design education. We write articles, ebooks, newsletters, host podcasts, and teach in-person workshops that are fun, practical, and highly regarded by industry.”

Application requirements: just an email address, and you get immediate approval.

Members: 3,780

WhatUsersDo

Aaaaaaaaaand of course there’s our very own UX community…

Here you can enjoy the following:

  • You’ll be rubbing shoulders with the best and brightest in the UX community.
  • Ask and answer questions in our UXChat channel
  • Take part in exclusive AMAs – like this one with UX director Sally Graham
  • Ask us questions about the WhatUsersDo platform
  • Share your own experiences and seek advice from UX experts from around the world

Join our UX Community on Slack

Ask and answer questions, take part in exclusive AMAs, share your own experiences... Discuss all things UX with the best and brightest in the industry!

(It’s like a constantly evolving networking event, and even though you have to provide your own refreshments, nobody will know that you’re wearing pyjamas.) ☕️ 💻 🛏

For more helpful resources, check out our guide to UX courses and communities.

Christopher Ratcliff
Christopher is the Content Marketing Manager of WhatUsersDo. He's also a filmmaker and the editor of wayward pop culture site Methods Unsound. He used to be the deputy editor of Econsultancy and editor of Search Engine Watch.

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