Introduction to ShareUp

ShareUp Soton 5 went excellent, a tonne of the residency ShareUp crew turned up ready to show off what they’ve made and set some new content goals for the coming weeks.

Not only did we have the usual suspects showing their faces, we also had a couple of new ShareUp attendees that we welcomed with open arms.

For anyone reading this that hasn’t attended before, we are basically a group of content creators that support one another. You can read up about previous events such as ShareUp 4 on my blog.

We don’t require you make perfect content, we only require that you create content and encourage others.

If you want to read more about the event or any past events you can head over to the official website.

Presentations

Ben Joy – Constructing a website with no developer experience

Ben Joy works by day as an account manager at Moov2. He’s one of my best mates so expect some bias in my discussion around his talk.

Ben works with a relatively large team of both designers and developers. In doing so he was inspired to have a go at working on a personal website of his own.

He found challenges and difficulties in transitioning between someone with no prior knowledge on website development, to someone who had coded his very own website from scratch.

It was impressive to see his journey and reflection, as well as to see his skills excel.

He shared a few great tips on what he found beneficial when first starting out, these tips can be applied to maintain any new skill or hobby.

For anyone interested in Ben’s findings or for anybody interested in viewing his slides, you can check out his new website and blog post.

Tim Drake – Inclusive Design

Tim Drake, a Digital Product Designer at Etch has been exploring the wonderful world of Inclusive Design and had put together a powerpoint as part of his commitment.

To trial his run he had practised it once beforehand at Etch’s lightning talks, and then presented his talk to the ShareUp crew later that same day.

It was a really thought provoking talk that led to some interesting discussions post-presentation, and we thoroughly enjoyed listening to it.

I for one will be doing further research into the inclusive design concept as it fits as a comfortable sibling to accessible design, as well as it’s own subject in my eyes.

Conclusion

The event was amazing and I want to thank all of the people who helped make it happen.

I hope to see everyone who can attend the next event, at the next one.

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