22 June 2017

Pixel Pioneers Bristol


Pixel Pioneers Bristol is a one-day conference of practical and inspiring presentations, featuring some of the brightest international experts our industry has to offer. Also don't miss our side events for even more fun and networking!


All sessions and timings are subject to change, and we will update the schedule as soon as we confirm talks and side events. 

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

  • 13:00

    Talk Details

    Alex O'Byrne

    Piers Thorogood

    Shopify & WeMakeWebsites present: Web Agency Bootcamp


    Join WeMakeWebsites founders Piers Thorogood and Alex O'Byrne for a four-hour workshop dedicated to helping you grow your freelance or agency business. 

    In this interactive and practical workshop Piers and Alex will share the secrets of their success and the many lessons they have learned along the way — from when to hire and grow your team to how content marketing and public speaking can help grow your authority and add to your bottom line.

    The workshop will cover four main areas:

    1. Getting started
    2. Marketing and growth
    3. The sales process
    4. Account and project management

    This workshop is ideal for anyone who is thinking about moving into the freelance market or starting an agency, as well as agency owners looking to expand their team or those of you looking for ways to improve your business practices.

    Time: 1-5pm

    Cost: £25 (includes light refreshments)

    Who should attend: Freelancers, agency owners, anyone interested in starting their own web design business

    Location: This workshop will take place at The Island

    The Gallery Space
    The Island, Bridewell Street, 1st floor
    BS1 2LE

    WeMakeWebsites is the UK’s leading Shopify design agency. Over the last seven years they have moved from building websites for anyone to specialising in ecommerce for high growth startups for clients across the world. 

Thursday, 22 June 2017

  • 08:45

    Registration and Welcome

  • 09:30

    Talk Details

    Jeremy Keith

    Evaluating Technology

    We work with technology every day. And every day it seems like there's more and more technology to understand: graphic design tools, build tools, frameworks and libraries, not to mention new HTML, CSS and JavaScript features landing in browsers. How should we best choose which technologies to invest our time in? When we decide to weigh up the technology choices that confront us, what are the best criteria for doing that? This talk will help you evaluate tools and technologies in a way that best benefits the people who use the websites that we are designing and developing. Let's take a look at some of the hottest new web technologies and together we will dig beneath the hype to find out whether they will really change life on the web for the better.

  • 10:15

    Talk Details

    Mark Robbins

    Email Code Can Be Cool, Honest

    Email code has often been thought of as outdated by the web community but in recent years there have been huge innovations and more and more developers are choosing to specialise in email code.  We'll look over some of the key differences between web and email code, then explore some of the more advanced techniques being used to simulate web functionality without JavaScript.

  • 10:55

    Morning Break

  • 11:20

    Talk Details

    Tobias Ahlin

    How to Present Ideas So That Your Client Will Listen

    Have you ever made something that you were truly proud of, only to have it shredded by a client? Maybe they wanted to make the logo bigger. Maybe they wanted to change everything. Maybe they didn’t even understand what problems you were so brilliantly solving. Most of us have been there, and most of us have experienced the uneasy silence after “This looks great, but…”.

    In this talk we’ll look at the science of making good decisions together, and practical ways of creating a delivery that will make your client listen.

  • 12:05

    Talk Details

    Lily Dart

    What Can User Experience Learn from Service Design?

    More and more organisations are turning to the holistic practices of service design to improve their service offering. Service design encompasses both how users experience a service, but also the internal processes and staff experiences that underpin them.

    So what can user experience learn from service design? During this talk Lily will highlight the similarities and differences between both methodologies, and take you through 3 simple ways your work can benefit from service design thinking.

  • 12:45



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  • 14:00

    Talk Details

    Joe Leech

    UX, Psychology, and the Power of 100

    What do an overnight 40% drop in road accidents, a night in on the sofa watching TV and a good night's sleep have to do with digital product design?

    Humans only have limited mental capacity and no-one is ever operating at 100%. We are all influenced by the world around us and by how our minds work. As designers we need to be able to understand this and design for it.  

    The power of 100 is a powerful way to understand the modern world we are designing for. How your website or app will be used in real life and to design for how people live their lives today. Combining psychology theory and the latest in UX techniques, the power of 100 is a modern design framework that matches the modern complex world we and our users live in. 

  • 14:45

    Talk Details

    Jessica Rose

    Automating Access to Development

    It’s never been a better time for individual developers or small teams to work to get their ideas built and launched. Easy to access and affordable tooling, modern frameworks, shared infrastructure and educational materials have helped to drive this renaissance of development. But we can go further into making development accessible with limited resources through the automation of common tasks and processes. We’ll look at how automation is shaping how we’re building now and how automation could help shape the future of development.

  • 15:25

    Afternoon Break

  • 15:50

    Talk Details

    Nadieh Bremer

    Hacking the Visual Norm

    There are so many visualisation tools out there today, most with a pre-made set of charts. But trying to wrangle your data to fit (uncomfortably) into the default charts is not the right mindset. Adjust the visual to your data, not the other way around. You don't necessarily have to be a code wizard to let your creativity run free. Even with the defaults, you can become creative by using them in a different way, combining layouts or chart types to create something new, or even changing small pieces of code from existing visualisation frameworks.

    During this talk Nadieh will take you through several of her data visualisation projects, both from the business environment of her day job and the experiments made in her evenings. Hopefully, by the end you'll want to step outside of your "visualisation" comfort zone and create (custom) charts that best display the insights in the data.

  • 16:35

    Talk Details

    Adrian Zumbrunnen

    Meaningful Motion in Design

    Animation is a crucial part of good micro-interaction design. How an interface evolves over time, defines how we understand it.

    Let's talk about how we can use motion in meaningful ways and enhance, rather than break the experience.

  • 17:15


    End and Drinks!

    Join as at The Golden Guinea for a free drink on us!

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  • 20i
  • TetraLogical
  • Jack Holmes
  • Interaction Design Foundation
  • GURU
  • State of the Browser
  • DevITjobs
  • Heart Internet
  • Tink
  • Nexmo
  • School of UX
  • Conf Hereos
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