Living this far north can be expensive, especially when it comes to design conferences. Heading to London, Brighton, Belfast or Newcastle for a conf. can pile up the costs pretty quickly. Aberdeen hasn't been particularly well served in recent years for a solid design conf.
Then along came http://themeat.in/, a design conference in Aberdeen on 31st May 2014. Mark your diaries.
The speaker list includes Aaron Draplin and James White, and tickets are just £100. If you checked the website a while back before the recent update it's worth checking it out again - there's much more information on speakers, schedule, etc...
Global Service Jam 2014
The Global Service Jam is an annual event where people from all backgrounds gather together to design new services. This year was the third Aberdeen Jam. We had a new venue, a majority of first time participants, and an interesting theme to work around.
Pecha Kucha 2014
As part of the May festival, pecha kucha returns to Aberdeen on 6th May 2014. Mark your calendars. I missed the 2013 season, so I'm determined not to miss this one.
"Join some of Aberdeen’s most inspired minds for an evening of short talks as part of the May Festival 2014!
PechaKucha means ‘chitchat’ in Japanese and the format was created by two architects who were fed up with lengthy presentations. PechaKucha runs in over 650 countries around the world – let’s get Aberdeen in the mix. PechaKucha nights bring together art, design, research and fresh ideas."
Updates should be posted on here pechakucha.org as we get closer to the date.
An interesting read about working on software for civic projects highlighting the importance of design within the project:
"The model at its best involves an interdisciplinary team (coding skills, design skills, user experience) who are given both the status and freedom to explore solutions to challenges."