We're passionate about what we do and about our community. For a few years our MD Jamie and Head of Design Joe have wanted to create an event where Web Designers could meet up, share ideas and be inspired.
On the 8th of December we went public with a project that myself, Joe and Zoe have been working on for the past several weeks. Something that myself and Joe have been talking about for around three years now. Recent events locally spurred us on to make the jump to finally making it happen.
We launched Design Exchange Nottingham, a new monthly web design focused meetup aimed at bringing renowed speakers and local speakers together to inspire and excite our community.
We did this for several reasons:
1) The death of the web design community in Nottingham has been greatly exaggerated. Everybody still wants to go to a meetup, everybody still wants to socialise and students still want to reach out to their local heroes. This hasn’t always been possible in 2015 and when it has been it hasn’t been the best quality with some of our better known local talent preferring to stay at home rather than join in on the fun. This isn’t a negative around other efforts, but more to say we felt we there was room for improvement.
2) JH will always consistently put a percentage of revenue into the community that helped each one of us get where we are. We embrace meetups locally because it’s my personal belief that we should play a role in inspiring our next generation. I would not have founded JH without the encouragement, banter and kind words received by many I met at meetups.
3) With JH at the core of financing the event we can pay for the speakers we’d like to bring to Nottingham without having to worry about if other sponsorships cover all of this cost. In short, we get to take it up a level and keep it there consistently.
I hope you’ll all join myself, Joe and Zoe in welcoming the event to Nottingham and try to attend each month. In our opinion Nottingham has needed this event for years and it’s now the time for us to make this happen.
Tickets have now been released for the first event with the first batch selling out in less than 24 hours. Further details are available on the Design Exchange Nottingham website: http://dxnevent.com/ and follow on Twitter http://twitter.com/dxnevent.