The best Slack channels for designers

Over the past year, Slack has quickly become a favorite form of communication for many designers and creatives. It makes communicating with coworkers and friends fun, effective, and effortless.

But one of the best parts about Slack is that people have joined together to create communities focused on specific topics. In other words, you can connect with other creatives from around the world to talk about the things you care about, like user experience or coffee.

If you’re ready to join the conversation, here are seven of the best Slack channels for designers (or check out all 16 on the original post at The Layout).

1. Dear Designers

Dear Designers is a private Slack channel to help you figure out your next step as a designer. There’s a wonderful mix of experience in this group, from beginners just starting out to those who have been in the industry for a while. It’s the perfect place to ask questions and hear real-life stories to learn and grow from. Plus, you’re sure to meet some awesome designers! Hello, networking and new sources of inspiration.

Join here.

2. #Startup

This global startup community is a wonderful Slack channel for any upcoming entrepreneur. You’ll have the opportunity to engage with over 3,000 founders and investors and hear their stories. Plus you’ll be able to gather feedback, tune into AMA’s, and join in the discussion yourself. Who knows, you might just make your big break thanks to the connections you make in #Startup.

Apply to join here.

3. Midwest Dev Chat

If you’re a developer as well as a designer, and especially if you’re from the midwest, the Midwest Dev Chat was created just for you! It’s an invite-only, Slack powered message group all about development, with a special focus on developers from the midwest. This group is cool because they have lots of channels within their group (over 50!) including channels like #perl, #students, #nebraskajs, and even #pets.

Request an invite here.

4. #Workfrom

If you’re a freelancer or someone who travels frequently, the #Workfrom channel is a useful place to be. The team from Workfrom, a site that will help you find charming coffee shops or coworking spaces in your area, created their own Slack community to help connect remote workers. For $5 a month or $50 a year, you’ll gain access to the Slack channel, plus get exclusive discounts and special offers.

Join here.

From coffee shops to coworking: The story of finding your ideal work environment. Check it out!

5. Midwest Design Chat

Inspired by the Midwest Dev Chat group, this Slack team is a place for designers, particularly those in the midwest, to connect. With over 150+ members, this group is the perfect place for designers to chat, share tools, and get feedback. It’s moderated by AIGA Nebraska, so you know it’s full of awesome people and great inspiration.

Join here.

6. Designer Hangout

Any designer that’s interested in user experience will love this UX community on Slack. With over 5,800 members, this is a huge community that consists of quality people — every member is pre-vetted to ensure an awesome community. Bonus: This means there are no recruiters or spammers! Just high-quality discussions, debates, and resources.

Join the waiting list.

7. Team Sketch

Calling all Sketch designers! This community was made just for you. It’s the perfect place to talk about tips, tricks, projects, and to get inspired by what other people are doing with Sketch. It’s also an easy way to receive feedback on your work from people who know exactly what you’re doing and what you’re working with.

Join now.

For nine more sweet communities for designers on Slack, check out the original post on The Layout. Or if you’re a member of a sweet Slack channel that didn’t make the list, let us know in the comments below!