Blog 53

The Manchester Behance Portfolio Review took place on the evening of Monday 3 November. I recently wrote the The Manchester Behance Portfolio Review post detailing, why I wanted to host the event, why Degree 53 were keen to throw their support behind it, and what we all hoped the event would achieve.

It was encouraging to see such a large crowd of designers (and a healthy contingent of developers) gather together on Monday to talk about design. Brendan Dawes kicked the night off with an inspiring talk.

He pleaded with us to cause chaos, not to simply follow trends, and to not be afraid of putting our work out there. His work often seeks to fuse the digital universe with traditional, very analog interfaces and as a digital agency, this was very inspiring to see.

Following the talk, we broke out into small groups for the portfolio reviews. Leading industry professionals from the Manchester community kindly gave up their time to provide feedback and to lead discussions on the attendees’ portfolios. It was fantastic to see students, professionals and enthusiasts join together to share stories and ideas. The quality of work on display throughout night was superb and it was inspiring to see that many of the attendees took away invaluable feedback to support their design work.

As the evening drew to a close, I made time to speak with as many of the attendees as possible. I was overwhelmed by the all of the positive feedback. The goal had always been to provide an event that would benefit the local design community. It seems that we succeeded in that goal.

I’d like to say a massive thank you to all those who pitched in to help put the event together, and to all those who attended – it could not have been a success without you.

However, we would like to say a special thanks to:

Speaker - Brendan Dawes (@brendandawes)

Table Hosts:

Mark Stringer, Managing Director at Ahoy Digital (@ahoymark)
David Newton, Creative Director at Ahoy Digital (@LetsNotPretend_)
Simon Vaughan, Exec Creative Director at Amaze (@amazeltd)
Paul Normington, Art Director at Amaze (@Norm_ski)
Jade Sahota, Head of Design at Degree 53 (@jadie0503)
Tash Willcocks, Programme Manager at Hyper Island (@tashwillcocks)
Ben Topliss, Senior Digital Designer at JD Sports (@bentopliss)
Michael Watson, Creative Director at Project Simply (@projectsimply)

Thanks to Tom Clarke from the @sharpproject for all of his hard work and support.

To see more pics taken on the night. Click here 

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