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The Anatomy of Women’s Tech Roles At Shopify — Interviews with Lynsey Thornton, director of UX research; Monika Piotrowicz, front end development lead and Vanessa Sabino, data analysis team lead at Shopify

.DS_Store and Git — Having just set up a new repo and totally forgotten to set up my .gitignore file this came in very handy

Second Wednesday

Second Wednesday: A great monthly meetup in Nottingham
Second Wednesday: A great monthly meetup in Nottingham

Earlier this week I headed up to Nottingham for the first Shopify for Designers workshop of the year followed by a short talk at the excellent Second Wednesday event.

Chris and Lucy did an amazing job organising the workshop and taking care of all the logistics. Antenna proved a great setting and accommodated 50 of us for the afternoon. It’s pretty unusual to get a full house for a workshop, often you get a few no shows, so it was great to see 50 people turn up. Chris clearly has a persuasive charm! — Read full Article »

MK Geek Night All Dayer 2014

MK Geek Night: All Dayer
MK Geek Night: All Dayer

Back in January I headed up to Milton Keynes for the first MK Geek Night All Dayer. Richard and David have been hosting their evening meetup for sometime now. They were even kind enough to invite me along last year to speak. If you are interested the write up of my session on Google Page Speed is available in the archive. — Read full Article »

Show and Tell

Viewport Industries and fffucntion Show and Tell
Viewport Industries and fffucntion Show and Tell

Last Friday we held our first Viewport Industries and fffunction Show and Tell session in Clifton, Bristol. I have known Adam, Ben and Pete for a while now and one of the two ffunction offices is just down the road in Bristol. It seemed silly that the only time we met up was at events like Brooklyn Beta – well off home turn. We decided to change that and got a date in the diary earlier this year to meet up. — Read full Article »

Big Cup Little Cup

Big Cup Little Cup: Coffee Pods
Big Cup Little Cup: Coffee Pods

Earlier this year Joe at Big Cup Little Cup dropped me a note and asked if I would like to try out their new range of premium coffee blends for the Nespresso. Sadly I don’t own a compatiable machine but my good friend Tim Greeley does. He kindly sampled the pods and wrote up his thoughts below. — Read full Article »

Free Student Passes for Handheld 2013

Handheld: A Cardiff Web Conference
Handheld: A Cardiff Web Conference

Last year, I received an email from Craig Lockwood enquiring as to whether I would like to participate in a web and mobile focused conference he was thinking of hosting in Cardiff in November called “Handheld.”

I readily agreed, not least because it was on my doorstep, but mainly as supporting an affordable conference outside of London is always good to do. The conference day itself was a lot of fun, and included some very memorable sessions. The layout of the venue made it feel very inclusive – a nice bi-product of the room Craig chose for the day. Roll on 12 months and Handheld is returning for its second year. This year, however, it’s grown quite considerably. — Read full Article »

Digest: The Motivation

Digest: Now on sale
Digest: Now on sale

I talked recently about Digest, the new large format magazine Elliot and I (under our Viewport Industries banner) have produced, and wanted to follow up that post with a little bit of the back story to it’s birth and the motivation that drove us to do yet more print.

It’s fair to say that magazines are one of my vices. I subscribe to a lot and buy many more. I’ve always loved them from a very early age. Growing up in the pre internet age magazines (at least to me) and newspapers said as much about a person as the music they listened to or the clothes they wore. — Read full Article »

Print is Dead, Long Live Print

Digest: A new large format magazine
Digest: A new large format magazine

At the beginning of the year Elliot and I sat down and worked out a 2013 plan for Viewport Industries — the company we formed almost two years ago to run our events through and to forward some of our product ideas.

Last year was all about Insites: The Book but with other work (Shopify and TypeKit) keeping us happily busy we knew time would be tight so we did the unthinkable – we scaled back and committed to less projects. So far we are on track to complete them all, which is a great and unusual feeling. — Read full Article »