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The Future Everything is a multi-event festival of digital. Through conferences and live events, ...
The Future Everything is a multi-event festival of digital. Through conferences and live events, every aspect of the future of digital will be explored.
This year's themes are Memory, Ownership, Democracy, and the Weird & Wonderful. Speakers from world's of art, development, analytics, hacking, and business will come together to explore our potential future.
Alongside the talks, there will also be art, live performances and films.
Date: Thursday & Friday, 26th & 27th February 2015
The latest McrFRED event is an exploration of Web Components with staff from The Financial ...
The latest McrFRED event is an exploration of Web Components with staff from The Financial Times
Web Developers from The Financial Times join McrFRED to talk about Web Components. The talk will be spilt into three acts, and will cover discuss their in house ‘Origami’ approach.
Act 1: The problem
Act 2: How we build modules
Act 3: Everything as a service
Date: Thursday 26th February 2015
Venue: SpacePortX, 24/26 Lever Street, M1 1DZ
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
The event is organised by Manchester Girl Geeks, a not-for-profit group which organises networking ...
The event is organised by Manchester Girl Geeks, a not-for-profit group which organises networking events, talks and hands-on workshops for women and girls with an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
The focus of the 'Making IT Happen for Women' event will be to discuss methods and approaches which get more women into senior position, encourage talented women and girls to consider IT as a serious career option alongside Medicine or Law.
Chair of British Computer Society’s Women’s Network and Director of IT Services and Recruitment Company Tectre Ltd. Winner of the 2012 Everywoman Inspiration of the year award in 2012, GEM Tech Award for BCSWomen in 2014 and co-author of Women in IT: Inspiring the Next Generation.
Senior Manager, Consulting, Deloitte MCS Ltd, member of the Deloitte Women in Technology Network
Senior Lecturer, Bradford School of Management and leading researcher on the project ‘Technology and Tiaras’, a cross country investigation into what facilitates women working in the technology sector and how gender influences technology innovation.
Date: Sunday 8th March 2015
Time: 11.00am to 3.30pm
Venue: Number One, First Street, Manchester
Building a CV shouldn't include writer's block!
You've been staring at Microsoft Word trying to create your CV. One that will catch the eye of a future employer, and will communicate exactly why you're perfect for the role.
A great CV needs two things:
That's a lot of pressure. So you're forgiven if you've been struck with writers' block.
We've found a set of hugely helpful resources to fix the problem.
You won't find these on the front page of Google, but that's why they're such great finds! Let's get in to the list.
Google Docs is known the world over, but they have a little known template gallery with a HUGE range of document templates. One of the categories is 'Resumes & Cover Letters'. Browse the pre-made templates and you can open up a version of the template to your Google Drive for editing.
Pros: Quick, completely free, and no software required
Cons: Difficult to further personalise the templates, needs a Google Drive account, very little search capability.
Google Docs: Resumes & Cover Letters Templates
cvtalize.com is a website for building a good looking, basic CV.
The typography and layout are modern and there's space for listing technical skills, professional skills and second languages.
The website is still in beta, but seems to work without any kinks. I suspect this won't last forever, so grab it whilst it's free, in the future you may have to pay to download.
Pros: Very easy UI, no software needed, downloads to an unmarked PDF
Cons: No design or personalisation options
Another tool that has flown under the radar is LinkedIn's own Rusume Builder from LinkedIn Labs.
We've written about the tool before, because we're fans of the platform. It automatically pulls through all of your LinkedIn data into a document, leaving very little work to do.
Pros: Easy to use, great for LinkedIn fans, downloads to PDF and offers a free sharable download link
Cons: Needs a fully populated LinkedIn profile to work 'automagically', a handful of designs.
LinkedIn Labs Resume Builder
Granted, this isn't the most obvious place to look for a CV template! Hidden amongst the latest graphic design trends are a few fantastic looking CV templates.
We found this one, this one, and this one that caught our eye. They're all built in InDesign, so you'll need some working knowledge of the software to edit your data.
Pros: Free and fantastic eye catching designs, highly customisable.
Cons: Some design knowledge, and the right software are necessary.
Behance CV templates
VisualCV takes a cloud-based approach. It offers a small selection of designs for free users, and a larger range or expanding designs to paid users.
VisualCV lets you create more than one CV, so you can create versions designed to hit the right note with very different roles.
The real plus of VisualCV is that it comes with Analytics. So if you share your CV somewhere, you can see how many hits it gets per day.
Pros: All hosted in the cloud for download, multiple CV's mean a more strategic application process, built-in Analytics
Cons: Freemium, Free version comes with VisualCV branding
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A monthly, digitally focussed collection of lunchtime talks in the name of sharing. Full event ...
A monthly, digitally focussed collection of lunchtime talks in the name of sharing. Full event details here.
Our coverage of the Leeds Digital Lunch starts below - the page automatically updates, so there's no need to refresh. Speakers will be indicated with their initials.
Join us in the conversation over at @orchardtweets.
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 Photoshop turned 25 years old. Back in 1990, when the software was released, it was still black and white. Now, it's not just the premiere photo editing app, it's the creative platform and has carved its way into our language - everyone knows what a 'photoshopped' image is, even if they've never used it before.
Adobe has put a video to celebrate the milestone, called 'Dream On'showing the applications - from gifs to Hollywood movies.
I had no idea this was possible! Coca-Cola have worked out a way to use emojis in URLs. There as some caveats to the web addresses - namely that a .com or .co.uk address won't accept an emoji.
Luckily, the .ws suffix does, which is why they registered URLs for every emoji that conveys happiness.
This one's a long read, but well worth it.
A constant topic of conversation in the Orchard office is the specialist-generalist balance.
Essentially, the discussion is where the predefined responsibilities of a Front-End and Back-End Developer overlap. Or the responsibilities of a Front-End Dev and a Web Designer. Or just about any web based role really.
And more importantly, what's the answer for digital people - should you be specialising more or broadening your skills?
The short version? As long as you're part of the right team it doesn't matter. For the longer read, click the link below.
A List Apart
This isn't the first link-dump I've stumbled across, but it's definitely one of the best. Writer Ali Mese compiled the list, which features sub-categories for design resources, online marketing, social media, email... the list keeps going.
I will make you a guarantee - if you're working in digital you'll find at least one new useful link here.
A bottle of wine is a great way of saying thanks, or in this case, please. Designer Miklos Kiss was asked by a friend to design a CV for an opening at a wine distributor. So he incorporated the CV beautifully into a bespoke wine bottle label.
Did it work? Probably, it would with me!
I'm a consultant passionate about you, Manchester and the burger scene. Trying to be better than yesterday.
Up your emoji game with the new Ikea app, a set of emojis designed from all your favourite Ikea tropes.
The app isn't all furniture either, there's emoji's for the whole Ikea experience: Swedish meatballs, an Allan key, and that heart cushion with arms for no reason.
The only emoji missing is the one where you're desperately trying to work out the baffling instructions.
The app is free and available on Android and iPhone.
Our own Helen has compiled her favourite Graphic Design Valentine's cards just in time for the big day tomorrow.
If you're a Graphic Designer, or just a fan of design and typography there's a least a few giggles in this blog!
It's hard not to love these impromptu typographical snow-tags from New York-based street artist Faust.
The city has been hit with a month of bad weather, leaving canvases on every bonnet just waiting to be drawn on. So Faust - who despite work with massive clients like Nike remains anonymous - went out to practice on parked cars rather than walls.
One for the developers. After a long Reddit thread on the subject, Saijo George compiled and designed all of his favourite CSS puns into a single serving website.
There's jokes on politics, pop culture, religion, and even a 'Yo Mama' joke all in CSS. It's hard to explain, just have a look!
Classic paintings recreated with Pantone swatches
There's been plenty of attention online this week for Nick Smith's latest project - recreating some classic works of art with old Pantone swatches.
Nick started creating this series in October last year, and has paid homage to Leonardo da Vinci, Johannes Vermeer, and Andy Warhol.
Frustrated linguist, photographer and uhm, weightlifter. Always hungry.
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