Forefront No7 - 16th March 2015

After another longer than expected break Forefront is back! We'll be back at the Belgrave on Monday the 16th of March from 7:30pm for more great talks and a few beers with friends :-)

You can get your tickets here:

Eventbrite - Forefront Leeds No7


Chris Skelton - @chrisskelton

'Something I'm loosely calling Brand Experience Design'

A discussion around how more traditional graphic design and branding agencies and web specialists need to recognise their need for each other in order to create more holistic and seamless brand experiences for consumers. The gap in knowledge between graphic and web designers seems to be ever growing, yet consistent user experience across both online and offline platforms is becoming increasingly more important. We all have the same goals, we can all learn from each other, and we should all be working more closely together.

Chris is Design Director at Thompson Brand Partners and ex-founder of What Creative. He's a designer, musician and all-round creative with a love of food, music and art.

Barry Briggs - @quiffboy

How to test your mobile site without spending a fortune.
…in which @quiffboy will show you why usability testing your site on mobile devices needn’t be difficult or expensive, but might require a bit of DIY.

Barry is a Senior User Experience consultant with over 15 years’ experience in the industry. During that time he counts himself lucky to have worked with some of the best agencies in the north-west (plus a spell client-side that he would rather not talk about), and has worked on numerous successful high profile projects, across a wide variety of sectors, for both national and global brands. He’s a usability obsessive, one of the Northern User Experience (NUX) team, a chronic perfectionist and a would-be evil scientist. In-between all this he spends far too much time in his quest for the perfect quiff.

Chris Compston - @ndxcc

An introduction to the Agile process methodology from a design and front-end perspective and how the whole team should get involved.

Explaining the benefits and pitfalls of working in such a way both in-house on large continuous projects and agency side on smaller, quick turn around projects.

Why effective communication is key to the uptake of the process internally and to ensure that stakeholders and clients are educated properly to feel the full benefit of the process both initially and overtime.

Chris is the Lead/Senior UX/UI Architect/Designer at MadeByPi.

Full Location details

Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen, 1-1a Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, LS2 8JP

Very grateful to all the guys at Thompson Brand Partners who will be sponsoring the event. This means a free beer, or alternative drink of your choice, for attendees :-) Thanks!

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