One thing I miss about college is the opportunities the societies and clubs offered in terms of work and collaboration with other designers in a passive way.

This is my hobby, not just my job so I was wondering are there any clubs or societies that people would suggest I could join. Of course I am quite aware of online communities and magazines to follow but sometimes it's nice to have good old face to face contact.

Suggestions appreciated. :)

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My best suggestion is


I have experience with the various tech-and-design groups in a few different countries, they have all been between good and excellent. The meetups span from geekbeer (exactly what it says) to major (free) gettogethers with interesting topics, presentations and lectures.

Edit: There are other similar networks, but to date I have not found any better. However, I found this thing; PeopleHunt, an iPhone app that facilitates spontaneous meetings of people with similar interests. It seems a pretty cutting edge thing, and probably not working in Europe at the moment. I am a little sceptical, but hey. It might be the bees knees (also, I do not have an iPhone).

  • This is looking great it's got such a variety, thanks Boblet! I'm having a rummage through it now. I'll let you know how I get along.
    – Jenna
    Jan 12, 2014 at 19:49
  • Yea, please do. I am never disappointed with the groups I go to. Since I do not know where in the UK you are, you will have to do the geosearch yourself :-)
    – benteh
    Jan 12, 2014 at 20:05
  • Manchester but I don't mind doing my own searching, just some direction is appreciated. I'll mark you as correct if nothing more relevant pops up soon. Thanks again :)
    – Jenna
    Jan 12, 2014 at 20:31

How about Bristol Usability Group if you are in the SW - although admittedly this is UX not really graphic design ...


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