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Designing UX Community: Hexagon's Alison Boncha & Fiona Yeung (Method Podcast, Ep 10)

Google Design2018-03-27
UX#Hexagon#Google Design#impostor syndrome
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Hexagon is a community for women and non-binary individuals in UX design, founded in 2013 to combat impostor syndrome and provide support. The group rebranded to Hexagon for inclusivity and clarity, emphasizing diversity and collaboration. The renaming process was challenging but resulted in a symbol of teamwork and empowerment. Mentorship is a key aspect of the community, with plans for expansion in 2018. Leadership and self-acceptance are discussed, stressing the importance of growth and authenticity. The video segment ends with a message of connection and closure.

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History of Hexagon community for women and non-binary individuals in UX design.
00:41
Hexagon was founded in 2013 to provide support and camaraderie outside of Google, helping members overcome impostor syndrome.
Initially focused on female designers, Hexagon has expanded to support a diverse range of designers.
The community emphasizes learning from each other and collaborating to solve common challenges in the design industry.
Hexagon highlights the importance of collaboration and support in the design field.
Speaker joined Google for mentorship and community impact with female mentors.
03:29
Hexagon group helped develop skills and overcome imposter syndrome.
Imposter syndrome is the constant fear of not meeting expectations and feeling less experienced.
Speaker keeps a 'yay folder' to remind herself of achievements and relieve imposter syndrome.
Changing from xx and UX to Hexagon was necessary for clarity and understanding.
Importance of Inclusivity in Community Rebranding.
06:24
Choosing a name that aligns with values and feels inclusive, without being biology-related or explicitly gendered, was emphasized.
Feedback from trans allies highlighted the need for explicit inclusivity and clarity in mission statements and codes of conduct.
The goal was to create a space where all individuals feel welcome and supported, with a focus on inclusivity and diversity in the UX community.
Renaming and rebranding the company was challenging.
10:18
The team had difficulty finding a suitable name that was not already trademarked or too literal.
The inspiration for the new name, Hexagon, came from an article about beehives symbolizing teamwork and organization.
The logo design incorporated a speech bubble to emphasize community and conversation, with bold colors chosen to evoke feelings of empowerment.
The decision to use simple shapes and inclusive design elements reflected the values of equality and inclusivity.
Importance of mentorship in the Hexagon community.
11:09
Mentorship program provides guidance and support, especially for those with limited resources or UX background.
Plans for 2018 include recruiting new volunteers and focusing on developing the online community.
Initiatives involve managing a Medium account to share articles, tips, and highlight chapter leads.
Excitement for new leadership roles within the organization.
Importance of leadership and self-acceptance in the workplace.
15:46
Avoid staying in your first job for too long to prevent being seen as a junior member.
True leadership entails addressing tough questions and making sacrifices.
Suggestions on supporting people who keep the speaker up at night.
The episode ends with a call to action for subscribing and leaving reviews for the podcast.
Conclusion of the video segment.
16:35
The speaker bids farewell to the viewers and plays music as the video ends.
Direct address to the viewer creates a sense of connection.
The music enhances the closure of the segment.