Feeling like a bit of an outsider.

7 years ago from , Designer

Recently I've been thinking about the design community in Chicago. I volunteer once a month at out creative mornings talks, but I still feel that the design community feels exclusive to me.

I myself feel like an outsider in the field and am wondering if any of you feel the same way in your community?

Is there really a design community you feel apart of? What are some things you've done to meet other designers in your area who might feel the same way?


  • Loui V, 7 years ago

    I'm in San Francisco and I've definitely felt this often. Every event I've been to feels very intimidating. I also think it takes a lot of time to blog and create your own work consistently while trying to maintain a workload and personal life. Like most things, it's a balancing act. No advice here, but you're not the only one.

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  • Tevi HirschhornTevi Hirschhorn, 7 years ago

    It takes a lot of time and perseverance to join the design community, anywhere. You need to network, write, and create stuff outside of work. Engage with others on and offline.

    Frankly, it's exhausting.

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  • Antonio PratasAntonio Pratas, 7 years ago

    As any other social community, it takes 2 things: you being willing to be a part of a group and making that effort, and the group being open to accept you and include you.

    As a new comer to London, I'm feeling constantly an outsider. And it's not just because I'm out of my country, I can deal with that and I can speak the language, but the fact that most people I meet in design groups look closed to me. I lack on the n1 point, it's hard for me to make the effort to be included, but every time I'm in a social situation it just feels weird. I feel like I'm imposing on people that already have their own friends and their group.

    I do feel part of a community group back in my home town, where I know a lot more people, where I respect a lot of other designers and their work, and where I also feel respected by some.

    To sum it up, there's only so much you can do. It always takes an accepting group to make you feel part of it.

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    • Erick De La Rosa, 7 years ago

      I appreciate your honesty. I have definitely felt the same way in some social situations where it just seems like everybody has their own group already set.

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  • Jeff HorschJeff Horsch, 7 years ago

    I live in Chicago and have been looking for other great web design meetups with very little luck. Has anything interesting popped up since you made this post?

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