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Mike Ashurst

Mike Ashurst

Updated on 22 Jan 2019 ・ 5 min read

Events to attend in 2019

As a full service studio, we are constantly trying to evolve as individuals to build on our skill set to keep up with the latest trends and give our clients the best value when choosing Shape as their digital partner. With the new year already upon us, we take a look at some of the Events we will be attending in 2019, events which you may not know about, but should know about.


Digital Thinking Conference
14-15 February, 2019
Location: DeLaMar Theater, Marnixstraat, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Cutting Edge Themes, Industry Leading Speakers.
Awwwards is the most visited digital design awards platform in the world. Every year we hold conferences in iconic cities across the globe including New York, Amsterdam, Paris, London and Los Angeles, to discover trends and new technologies, network and unveil the secrets of the Internet.

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UX in the City: Manchester 2019
March 14, 2019
Location: The Studio, 51 Lever Street, Manchester, M1 1FN

UX in the City: Manchester is a hands-on event for the User Experience community, organised by the team behind UX Cambridge and UX Scotland. Returning for the 3rd year - join us for the opportunity to connect and learn from peers and leaders in the industry. Our participants leave with new ideas and skills to improve user experiences, an increased professional network, and memories of many useful conversations.

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DesignMarch 2019
March 28–30, 2019
Location: The Iceland Design Centre, Aðalstræti 2,101 Reykjavík

DesignMarch is Iceland’s annual design festival. It will take place for the eleventh time on 28–30 March 2019. This will be the largest and most significant festival yet with over one hundred events transforming the most northerly capital in the world into one big venue for design.
From fashion to furniture, architecture to the environment, food to product design, the festival showcases the best of the local design scene alongside exciting international names. The festival opens with DesignTalks, a day of lectures by internationally acclaimed designers and leading local design thinkers.
DesignMarch is organised by the Iceland Design Centre, the promotion agency for Icelandic design and architecture.

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Visual Design Fundamentals
February 5, 2019
Location: GA London, The Relay Building, 1st Floor, 114 Whitechapel High Street, London

The goal of Visual Design is to communicate a specific message to a targeted audience. This workshop will teach you the purpose of visual design, the theory behind design and also how it relates to UX design.
You'll learn the basic elements of Visual Design, including typography, colour, contrast, gestalt principles of perception, etc. You'll leave with an understanding of the fundamentals of Visual Design, and the knowledge to go on and create work of your own, building on your learnings in the workshop.

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UpFront Conference 2019
March 22, 2019
Location: Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3WS

UpFront Conf is a one-day event for the front-end development community, designed by leading practitioners from the North of England. Now in it’s fifth year, the conference brings together the world’s foremost authorities on development, design, UX/UI and all things web and is ideal for any developer or designer looking for access to hot topics and the latest trends.
Brought to you by Mcr FRED & Speak the Web in partnership with Manchester Digital

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Digital User Experience Research Methods | Goldsmiths University
April 09, 2019
Location: Goldsmiths, University of London, London, SE14 6NW

In today’s attention-centred economy, it is more important than ever to engage your users, ensuring your audience can easily access your digital products and services. This unique course provides an in-depth immersion in User Experience (UX) - from asking the right questions, to understanding the latest innovations in UX research methods. We individually tailor the course to your needs, whether Product Manager, UX Lead or Market Researcher, so you can put your new knowledge straight to work.

If your company develops, produces, markets or offers any digital products or services (websites, apps, games, video, audio, digital signage, connected retail), and it’s a part of your job to support their success, this two day course is ideal for you. While gut feeling, design innovation and years of experience might inform you to make the right choices – this course will ensure you understand how to engage your users in in-depth user experience research to make sure you’re hitting the mark (and know where you’re not).

The course content is relevant to you if you work within the usability and user experience field or if you are new to user experience research and want to incorporate it into your work. Previous attendees who have valued the course greatly include:

Market Researchers, Business Analysts, QA Specialists. Web Designers, User Experience Designers, Product Designers, Project Strategists

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Agile Manchester 2019
May 08, 2019
Location: thestudio, 51 Lever Street, Manchester, M1 1FN

The event has a strong practical focus on experience-sharing, hands-on activity and learning-by-doing, as well as providing plenty of opportunity for unscheduled sessions, impromptu conversations and fun. 94% of responses from formal feedback at the 2018 event, say participants found the event to be worthwhile and would recommend it to a friend.

Connect and learn from your peers and leaders in the industry in a comfortable and exciting space and take away skills you can immediately use in your work. 92% of feedback respondents from Agile Manchester 2018 said they learnt something new they could apply in their work.

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2019 Social media Trends
March 20, 2019
Location: 1st Floor, 114 Whitechapel High Street , London

Need to know the latest trends and tools for your social media marketing? Join Social Media Consultant and Avocado Social Founder, Alison Battisby, for an interactive workshop exploring the Hot Trends in Social Media for the year ahead. We will explore how to use the latest tools and platform updates to grow and nurture your online community, as well as the latest useful apps and time-saving tools to assist you in 2019. There will be plenty of examples - from global brands and creative startups. Bring a notepad and come prepared to soak up the hottest social media trends for 2019!

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London Craft CMS Meetup #3
March 7, 2019
Location: The Bell Pub, 50 Middlesex Street, E1 7EX, London

A group organised to discuss and celebrate the features and potential of Craft CMS. All skill levels are welcome. The format and venue are still to be developed, it all depends on what you want!

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