Design Buddies: Portfolio Reviews #5



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Hey Buddies! We are back with our live Portfolio Review sessions. This time, we're spicing it up by using Around & live streaming to our YouTube channel. 

Portfolios will be reviewed, amazing advice will be shared, and much more wholesome fun will take place!

RSVP + submit your portfolio for review via our Luma page here. Please only submit if you are planning to attend.

Before each review, please prepare to briefly chat about your portfolio, your goals, and the feedback you’re looking for. We will review 4 portfolios, each for ~ 10-15 minutes. In our chat in Around, anyone can ask questions, and we’ll do our best to answer them :) 

It’s going to be a fun, interactive session with the community! See you all there. 

📍 This event will be live-streamed to our YouTube channel!


​​​​​🐰 About our speakers

Joel Derksen - Founder, Studio Otherness

Originally from Canada, Joel’s design practice is filled with complex and nuanced visual solutions for clients who demand sensitivity, insight, and communicable differences in the market.

Start-ups, scale-ups and established brands benefit from his "no stones unturned" approach to problem solving, and his appreciation that complex situations bring forward unique perspectives.

Before founding Studio Otherness, Joel’s focus on executing brand strategy led him to consult on refreshes and re-imaginings for companies such as Bosch, Elsevier, ING and Salomon. He previously worked with consultancies and agencies such as IDEO, HUGE and Landor.

Joel is a consistent presence in the international design scene, sporting over 60 international publications, awards and features in his decade of work.

Connect with Joel: LinkedIn | Instagram | Website


Siri Wanpen - Product Design Manager, Bank of America

Siri aims to connect design, technology, and business to create impactful solutions for user-focused problems. She has experience in fintech, consulting, advertising, and architecture. In her free time, she likes to play with her mischievous little corgi, Connor.

Connect with Siri: LinkedIn


Andres Galvis Sepulveda - Sr UX Researcher, Lowe's

Andres is a Senior User Experience Researcher at Lowe’s and freelancer for gaming studios. Over the past 6 years he has worked on qualitative and quantitative research projects for games like World of Tanks, Darksiders Genesis, Battle chasers: Nightwar, Remnant: From the Ashes, among others. He specializes in qualitative and mixed methods.

Connect with Andres: LinkedIn


Calum Mills - R&D Design Engineer, Photocentric

Calum is a UK-based design engineer with a background in Product/Industrial Design, durrently working at Photocentric developing resin 3D printers and exploring further applications of the technology to design.


[Host] Maggie Pena (she/they) - UX Designer @ Hubspot

Maggie has experience working on B2C, B2b, and web projects in various industries, with a background in Industrial Design and HCI. They're passionate about design communities, mentorship, and JEDI initiatives. Outside of design, you'll most likely find them in playing with their dogs, brewing up Kombucha, or blasting music to rock out to.

Connect with Maggie: Twitter | LinkedIn

Everything panelists and hosts say represents their individual viewpoints and not the stance of their companies.

​​​​​🐰 About Design Buddies

​​​​​Design Buddies is an inclusive design community aimed to connect and empower designers by providing free resources, events, mentorship, and more.

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🐰 About Around

Feeling like a zombie after endless video meetings? Breathe new life into your video calls with Around. Their lightweight, unobtrusive, and beautiful interface reduces fatigue, frees up your screen, and is built for creative sessions where working together is the focus. Around is loved by designers and perfect for things like design jams, crits, and stand-ups. Try it out with your team for free at Around!

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​​​​​See you here, Every Bunny!

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