Pixel Pioneers Bristol 2018 workshops

Workshops are a great opportunity to dive deeper into a subject and learn from the best in our industry. 

I'm therefore delighted to be able to offer two excellent bootcamps as part of the second annual Pixel Pioneers Bristol conference. The very limited early bird bundles in particular are very affordable, ensuring that even teams and freelancers with tight budgets can take advantage of two full-days of training, talks and networking.  

Here's what you can expect from the workshops:

Designing Better App Icons

I'm really excited that designer Michael Flarup will not only give a talk at Pixel Pioneers Bristol, but also teach a full-day workshop on how to create the single most important visual aspect of your product: the app icon.  


  • Why app icon design is so crucial
  • The 5 core principles of successful icon design
  • How to design your own icon
  • How to critique icons

The workshop will feature lots of real-world examples, Michael's own templates for Photoshop and Sketch and other tools that will help you deliver great designs. There'll be something in it for everybody, whether you're just about to make your first app icon or a seasoned veteran.

Michael uses his passion for icon design as a proxy to all design, and the core principles you'll learn in this workshop will be applicable to all areas of design (UI and product design in particular). As Michael says: becoming a good iconist will make you a better designer.

In the last part of the day, Michael will host an open discussion about how to do what you love — specifically about starting and running businesses. Here we can discuss everything from how to pursue the right projects, how to deal with clients and how to get paid.

Tickets  to the workshop on Thursday, 7 June 2018 are £269, but if you get your hands on an early-bird bundle you'll just pay £299 for both the workshop and the conference, saving you £95!

Psychology for UX and Product Design

Last year user experience and product management consultant Joe Leech gave one of the most popular talks at the inaugural Pixel Pioneers conference. Now he's back with a workshop that will provide you with a practical, hands-on way to understand how the human brain works and apply that knowledge to UX and product design. 

You know some things are ‘good design’ and some things are ‘bad design’ for UX but have never been quite sure why? Learn the psychological principles behind how our brain makes sense of the world and apply that to product and user interface design.


Through a series of fun, practical exercises you’ll learn:

  • Psychology and interaction design. How to evaluate and design interactions such as search, navigation and ecommerce using psychology
  • Psychology and user experience. How humans build models of the world and how to build your product around those models
  • Psychology and the dark arts. Persuasive design, cognitive biases and other brain hacks. Do they really work? We’ll look how to apply them in practise and explore the ethics involved.
  • Evaluating, improving and innovating digital products based on psychology
  • Mapping and designing the details using a psychological approach
  • Loads of little psychology tidbits that will improve a design and make you a bettּer designer


  • Design products, apps and websites that match how people think and behave
  • Find, understand, evaluate and apply psychology theory to digital product design
  • Make better, informed design decisions and advocate to the wider team using psychology theory

Come to the workshop and you’ll able to put psychology into practice as soon as you get back to the office.

Tickets  to the workshop on Thursday, 7 June 2018 are £269, but if you get your hands on an early-bird bundle you'll just pay £299 for both the workshop and the conference, saving you £95!

Check out the schedule for the rest of the lineup featuring Heydon Pickering, Ida Aalen, and Laurence Penney. Topics covered include easy and affordable user testing, variable fonts, inclusive design, and lots more.