If you noticed Newcastle becoming decidedly more web-designery this week, you’d have been right: DIBI, the Design It Build It conference, arrived once again.
DIBI is a two-track conference for both web designers and web developers, and brings in speakers and attendees from around the UK and the wider world, too. With a conference so related to what we do on our doorstep, it seemed a shame not to go!
Hosted at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, we were treated to a day of inspiration and innovation from speakers such as Dan Rubin and Aral Balkan: well known names to many web designers around the world! Talks ranged from responsive web design techniques (for developing mobile-friendly websites) to a short talk about the importance of a good night’s sleep and the effects of sleep deprivation from Dr Kirstie Anderson of Sleep Station.
A particular highlight* for me was the Lego build-off competition at the party nights: all those years of practice “collecting” (i.e., playing with) Lego won me a Lego Back To The Future Delorean kit!
Finally, thanks to all at Epic Times for organising the event: a lot of energy obviously went in to the event and it showed.
* Being a colossal Lego nerd, this is what I’ll remember most.
The next tweetup in Newcastle upon Tyne has been announced as the Thursday, 6th June 2013, at Jesmond Dene House.
So, if you’re on Twitter and work, live or just happen to be near Newcastle upon Tyne, come and join us (you’ll need to RSVP as there’s limited space).
We’re particulary pleased to have designed a simple website for the events too, so all the information about the event is in one easy to find place!
We look forward to seeing you there!