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A day of speakers covering techniques needed for managing digital projects, people, relationships ...
A day of speakers covering techniques needed for managing digital projects, people, relationships and budgets.
Orchard are one of the proud sponsors of DPM:UK
The conference of the year for Digital Project Managers returns for 2015.
The Conference will be split in to two days. The first is an interactive Digital PM Workshop.
A day later the conference will begin. This year's conference is features in-depth talks on all think DPM, and shorter, back-to-back 'lightning talks' on specific subjects.
The Morning Session will kick off with the first full-legnth talk:
Development Team Manager, Global Personals
People Are Weird, I'm Weird
Before lunch there will also be another speaker - to be confirmed - a short break, and 4 lighting talks:
Project Manager at White October
Did We Really Say We Would Do That?
Digital Project Manager at BDB
How to Manage Project's Remotely
Digital Project Manager at Zone
Inheriting A Problem Project
Senior Project Manager at Tribal
Project Management Pitfalls
In the Afternoon session there will be a Q&A Discussion Panel chaired by Brett Harned, another full-length talk to be confirmed, a short break and the final talk of the day before drinks:
Meghan Wilker and Nancy Lyons
COO and CEO Clockwork Active Media
Embracing Chaos: An Interactive Project Management Survival Guide
Date: Thursday 29th January 2015
Time: 9am - 5pm
Venue: The Comedy Store
McrFRED is a meet-up for Front End Developers who are based in and around Manchester for a ...
McrFRED is a meet-up for Front End Developers who are based in and around Manchester for a chance to talk about both the technical and the professional challenges of the industry.
Each event will include a talk from a web professional, time for discussion, and the chance to talk further in pub afterward. McrFRED 2015 will run every last Thursday of the month. This month is a UX double-bill.
Barry is a Senior User Experience consultant with over 15 years’ experience in the industry.
Rick heads up the User Experience Design team at Waters Corporation.
Date: Thursday 29th January
Venue: SpaceportX, Lever Street, Manchester
The premiere Talk UX event. An open space to meet, learn and collaborate within UX.
Talk UX is organised by the people behind Ladies that UX. This full-day conference is a chance to explore the breadth of knowledge that UXers have to share.
The conference consists of talks throughout the day from industry professionals, interactive sessions, new tech, and great content.
Principal UX Designer at Blue State Digital
Postdoctoral Research Assistant at Royal Holloway University of London
Co-founder of Snook
Creative Director at Mubaloo
Director of UX at We Are Friday
Principal consultant at System Concepts
Date: 5th March 2015
Time: 9am - 5pm
Venue: Manchester Town Hall
We all know the reason why Facebook isn't used for internal communications - it's potentially ...
We all know the reason why Facebook isn't used for internal communications - it's potentially embarrassing!
We all know the reason why Facebook isn't used for internal communications already - it's potentially embarrassing, and blurs the line between the personal and professional. It's also incredibly distracting.
'Facebook at Work' is a new section of the Facebook platform which is specifically designed just for you and your colleagues.
The idea is to use the established connection tools that Facebook already offers, in a more professional manner.
The feature could mean the end of anxiety over which of your colleagues to add. And, as everyone-and-their-parents-and-their-grandparents have Facebook already, on-boarding isn't an issue.
Facebook will let you switch between the two 'versions' without having separate login accounts.
There are already internal comms apps built for professional teams - notably HipChat and Slack - but it's promised that 'Facebook at Work' will have more features similar to the Facebook you know and love to hate.
The news follows a viral post on Medium in which a teenager summed up the platform as "an awkward family dinner party we can't really leave."
As with all new ventures, time and popularity will decide the success, rather than whether it's actually any good or not.
The new feature is currently being rolled out to select companies, (you can request a trial here ) and Facebook have released a dedicated accompanying app (which you'll need a 'Facebook at Work' account to try out).
No word yet on whether this feature will be paid or free.
Have your say:
Have you added your colleagues as friends on Facebook?
Do you use Hipchat or Slack already?
Are you happy enough with email?
Lover of Football, all things Digital and George RR Martin’s beard. I’m also partial to a good glass of Whiskey anytime, anywhere.
With less than a month of 2014 left Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have take three very angles ...
With less than a month of 2014 left Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have take three very angles with their Year In Review.
On the landing page you're treated to the video (below) and a 'Top Ten' of sorts, with the most important news stories of 2014, and a curated selection of related statuses. The list includes The conflict in Gaza, the Ebola outbreak, the Malaysian airline, and the death of Robin Williams.
The most simple of approaches goes to Facebook, who have curated the biggest stories discussed on their social platform.
Hidden in the surprisingly sombre list of news headlines there's one that is exclusively Facebook's: The Ice Bucket Challenge. Everyone was at it... even we had a go. The list is a broad and fair representation of the year's biggest stories, though in typical 'Facebook Overlord' fashion, it's not clear how exactly the list was decided upon.
Twitter's approach to a retrospective was to count hashtags. The hashtag is, without a doubt, the perfect tool for cataloguing a year's moments. In 2014 the hashtag was used to bring together movements like #BringBackOurGirls, #UmbreallaRevolution, and #HeForShe. It was used for amateur and professional punditry during sporting moments like the #Formula1, #AusOpen, and #WorldCup - particularly great with their 'hashflags'.
And Twitter was also the go-to social network for big events like the #BRITAwards, #Sochi2014, and of course, the #Oscars
If only Bradley's arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars pic.twitter.com/C9U5NOtGap
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 2014
If only Bradley's arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars pic.twitter.com/C9U5NOtGap
On Twitter's landing page there are also 'Perspectives' profiling influential Tweeters like JK Rowling, Lady Gaga, Robert Downey Jr. and Gary Lineker, which feature their most popular tweets and their #5tofollow recommendations.
Youtube's 2014 was celebrated in the form of a YouTube video, of course. The Youtube Rewind video features nods to some of the most viral content from the year, and a slew of the most famous vloggers from the past 12 months, including YouTube's biggest star 'PewDiePie', the 'VlogBrothers', Colin Furze (the Brit responsible for homemade Wolverine claws), alongside more widely popular stars like Conan O'Brien and Stephen Colbert in a musical super-montage.
You might not know every reference, but you'll be reminded of just how many clips you saw this year. Still not sight of Phaerell's hat, though.
Their 'Rewind' page also has the Top Trending YouTube clips of 2014, based on views, likes, shares, searches, parodies, remixes and responses. And the top spots went to? A dog dressed as a spider, a bent iPhone 6, and a singing Nun.
Each week one of our staff takes a moment to compile all the useful links, downloads, videos ...
Each week one of our staff takes a moment to compile all the useful links, downloads, videos and apps from the last five days.
This week, Freelance Recruiter Lucy wraps up her favourite discoveries from the past five days.
You've tried emailing, tweeting, and calling - what's left? Put it on a T-Shirt! If you've got a message that needs communicating, like 'DO YOUR BLOODY TIMESHEETS', what better way to say it?
The collection of tees also features a few sarcastic T-shirts which only your digital creative friends will understand. Not sure whether that's a good or bad thing?
Lim Edition T-Shirts
Pantone, the standard language for colour communication, have announced their colour of the year. This year, they've picked 'Marsala' (PANTONE 18-1438).
It's a more subdued pick than any of their more vibrant choices since beginning the 'Year Of Colour' in 2009, citing the colour's "sophisticated, natural earthiness".
One of the most notable freelancers in recent design history is Jessica Hische. She's done typography work for Wes Anderson, is responsible for the 'Daily Drop Cap' project, and the 'Should I Work for Free' flowchart.
In this blog post she details her life as a freelancer; how she organises her day - in detail - and how she avoids procrastination.
Though organisation is a very personal thing, it's inspiring to read through such a successful designer's schedule for any nuggets of inspiration.
Jessica Hische Blog
Susan Kare is the original creator of the happy, pixelated icons of the Mac OS. Her advice to young designers today is to 'facet til you make it', and not to get wrapped up in new technology, because good design never really changes.
The author Sandijs Ruluks goes through the the life of web design From 1989 to the present day and beyond.
It's not just a retrospective, it's also an exploration of the ongoing debate about whether developers should design, or designers should develop. Looking back, it's clear that the two jobs were originally the same.
A brief history of web design for designers
I'm always on the lookout for talented Freelancers, otherwise I can be found baking things for the whole office!
This week, Marketing Recruiter Alastair wraps up his favourite discoveries from the past five days.
All design trends eventually boil down to just a few key features. This is certainly the case with the 'artisanal' trend which has existed for the last few years.
hipsterbusiness.name suggests that this particular trend for crosses and ampersands has come to an end; I'd argue that if you can automatically create a logo, it's probably time that to stop imitating that style!
Hipster Business Name Generator
Californian agency 'Blind' created this point and click adventure, with software from Interlude, to accompany the band's new single 'Ink'.
Coldplay seem to divide opinion amongst music fans, but this animated adventure is a success in itself. It's hard to pull away from once you're invested in your decisions.
Coldplay - Ink
It's a cliche that Digital professionals are stuck in a dark room, staring at a monitor 24/7. But if there's any truth to the cliche, it should be addressed before burnout starts to set in.
Andy's latest blog explains how burnout happens, and provides some tips for combatting it: the obvious stuff we all neglect like getting outside enough, exercising, and unplugging for just a day!
Is 'burnout' affecting your job in digital?
It's high time that Apple had some serious competition in the design world. Google's new 'Material Design' framework might be it. Designers are jumping on board with this new set of guidelines, so there's conceptual and practical UI being created every day. Case in point: the catalogue of work on materialup.com!
If you're like me, and prefer Google to Apple, you'll love this site and it's potential.
Designers in the(Web Technology Industry are going through an identity crisis. UI, copywriting, design, UX, visual marketing... it's all connecting and crossing over - which is great - but what to call yourself in an industry that changes so quickly?
If you're not too busy preparing for a Black Friday brawl this evening, this is a really well informed long-read on the industry at large.
Identity Crisis: Designer Job Titles
I'm a consultant passionate about you, Manchester and the burger scene. Trying to be better than yesterday.
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