In 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. …
People will often tell you “it’s not personal, it’s just business” and it’s a common phrase passed on from generation to generation on how to handle hard decisions and the steering of your company. I say: fuck that.
When I founded my business I felt like I had no place working for somebody else. I had felt mistreated, often like I could be doing so much better than the tyranny of poor decision making and bad direction that I was working under. I was left thinking “this could be done so much better” instead of being invited to participate in the conversation to shape the company. …