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Port80 Localhost Winter 2012

Posted on: December 14th, 2012 by joel

Well, the final Port80 event of 2012 drew to close in November and it was nice to see so many people brave the darkening nights and dropping temperature to  listen to some web related talks. Funny to think there was NO Port80 concept 12 months ago…

James Scrimshire spoke about Agile project management.

I prattled on about hosting (I cannot find my slides! They weren’t exactly a thing of beauty but still!)

Laura Sanders spoke about her blog and the whole area of content generation.

Many, many thanks to James & Laura for their hard work which paid off with some great, engaging talks.

So, that’s it for 2012 folks! Dates for your 2013 diary are:

7th Feb 2013 – Spring Localhost

10th May 2013 – Port80 2013 (the big one!) Ticktets on sale in Jan

Speakers for both events are confirmed and will be announced shortly.

Have a Merry Christmas everybody & a happy new year!


p.s. if you’re around Zooport tonight, there will be a few of us in The Murenger around 19:30

Some Photos…

James Scrimshire

James Scrimshire

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Laura Sanders


Port80 2013 – Call for speakers/topics

Posted on: October 29th, 2012 by joel

Flush from the success of the inaugural Port80 event back in May (doesn’t that seem a long time ago now?), there is a new one booked for the 10th of May 2013 and we’ll be back at the City Campus in Newport.

Given the event was sold out this year, there was an opportunity to think bigger but, after some soul searching, I decided to keep it small & friendly for the time being.

The general ethos for the whole Port0 thang is that it’s about practical, common sense, grass roots advice from those at the front line of delivery web projects (in all areas). And not just developers – we all want to produce better work, work we are proud of, work our clients love, work that makes the world a better place (a lofty goal I suppose but why not) – and that involves many roles; from design to dev to content to PM etc etc.


I’m on the look out for people to speak on the following topics (or to suggest others):

  1. Handling images responsively (responsibly?) *sorted*
  2. Lessons from the front line of responsive/adaptive design
  3. Grids: what the hell are they & why we need them?
  4. Project workflow
  5. Running projects & insuring that you still earn a living
  6. Content: we know it’s King. Tell us why & how we can help
  7. Practical user experience
  8. Audience research
  9. Tools & techniques
  10. [____________________] // write your topic here…on your screen…in marker pen

Who would I like to speak?

I’ve got a list of people who I’d like to target & I will be reaching out shortly.

However, I am always open to offers so please don’t be shy.

I see women speakers in the minority at events and I’m trying to change that for this event. Therefore, I’m particularly interested in talking to more female speakers.

This will be a paid gig.

So, what are you waiting for?

If you’re interested then please contact me with all the relevant details ie what you’d like to speak about and something about your background.

I’m very, *very* grateful for anyone offering to speak but, obviously, I’ll be unable to say yes to everyone. But there are opportunities to speak at Port80 Localhost events as well.

My plan is to start conversations with interested people in the coming weeks so we can start the new year with a firm line up.

Oh, and if you know of anyone who you’d like to hear speak then please also shout out.

Thanks guys


p.s. it’s half term this week so I’m heading out with the kids to Legoland shortly (yes!) so please don’t think me rude if I’m slow replying for a few days.


Port80 Podcast

Posted on: October 22nd, 2012 by joel

Hi there you groovy web cats,

Some of you may know that I kicked off some podcasts earlier this year (links at end). Well, I’ve been mulling the whole thing and decided to move the podcasts under the Port80 umbrella as they are mainly focused on the web design/dev audience.

That being the case, it’s time to do a new one! More details shortly.

I’ll pull my finger out this time and try to make it easier for you to subscribe etc (they were a bit ad hoc before).

Shout out if you have any ideas, suggestions or if would like to be put under the Port80 Audio Microscope ™.

New podcasts, news of any new events etc will be announced on the new email newsletter first – sign up here.


p.s. previous podcasts…

Podcast #1 – Rob Mills

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Podcast #2 -Keir Whitaker

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Podcast #3 – Craig Lockwood

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Port80 Localhost: Winter 2012

Posted on: September 27th, 2012 by joel

The next localhost event will be held on the 29th of November here in sunny old Newport.

Tickets are free but, like last time, space is limited.

The venue is the University of Wales Newport (City Campus) room C25. We’ll kick off slightly later this time at 18:30 and finish at 20:30.

So, what are we blabbering on about this time?

1. Agile in the real world

James Scrimshire – Scrum Master (wow!) – Hurricane Four

James ScrimshawJoel: For those who don’t know (and please excuse my cack handed explanation here), agile is an approach to running projects which is less about trying to know and specify everything up front – where along the way discovery is expected if not encouraged. I’m particularly interested in hearing James speak incase I can pick up any nuggets which can help me with running Jojet’s projects.

Bio: James Scrimshire runs Hurricane Four where he coaches businesses, organisations and individuals about being agile. He’s a regular speaker at agile conferences both in the UK & internationally. His free time is mostly spent dreaming up more ways to use Zombies as a coaching tool. You can find him on twitter @Scrimmers

2. Hosting for the faint of heart

Joel Hughes – Web Strategy gun slinger – Jojet

Yours truly will be talking about the pros and cons of website hosting, the different types of hosting, handling clients etc. It’s actually not as dull as it sounds. The aim of the talk is to go through my experiences of hosting clients websites and also to see what can be learnt from the audience.

Bio: What is there to say? I have a 2:1 degree in computing from the 90’s (remember them?) , I’ve worked on IBM Mainframe computers (old skool!). Been employed by AMEX (Brighton rocks) and British Airways (loved watching Concorde take off). Been down’n’dirty  in the web for donkey’s years. I run Jojet,  a petite web strategy studio producing websites, web applications, training etc.

3. The Recipe for Blog Success 

Laura Sanders – UX designer for Sequence

There will be a brief intro to my blog, an overview of what good content is, what I’ve found works for content on my blog, and some general tips for creating good content for blogs and personal sites.

Bio: Laura runs 1796 Foods, a blog where she aims to eat 1796 of the world’s must-try foods. So far she has racked up 3 years, 800 and something foods, and 40000 followers, and is nominated for the Wales Blog Award this year. After a few assorted jobs, she started properly working in the web industry in April this year as a UX Designer at Sequence in Cardiff. It involves lots of lists, stationery, and cakes which keeps her very happy, though she would like it even better if there were more dinosaurs.

So, what are you waiting for?

2012 Talk: Tom Lloyd & Rob Mils

Posted on: September 19th, 2012 by joel

Personality on the Web

Apologies for my general slackness for getting all the audio talks on line but here is the superb talk from Tom & Rob of Bluegg.

Rob & Tom's talk on web personality at Port80 2012

Rob & Tom’s talk on web personality at Port80 2012

All the other audio’s of this years event (except Craig’s, which’ll go online soon)


Port80 Summer Localhost – closing ceremony

Posted on: September 3rd, 2012 by joel

Many thanks to everyone who came along to the first of the free “localhost” events.

Thanks also to the superb speakers; Ollie Wells, Ben Reid & Rob Mills (links here).

Thanks also to Rich for helping out on registration.

Here is Ollie Wells of Sequence showing off one of their latest websites….ok, maybe not 😉

Also, you’ve got to take a look at these superb sketch notes which Kevin Mears made:

Port80 Summer Localhost sketch notes

If you have any photos etc of the event then please let me know.

Show Notes

Here are some links and resources:

…have I missed anything?

The Next event

The Autumn Localhost will happen on the evening of the 29th of November so set your diary for that (tickets not on Eventbrite yet).

If you would like to speak at an upcoming event , or would like to hear about a certain web related topic etc; then please shout out.


p.s. and thanks for all the lovely feedback 🙂 e.g.

Port80 Localhost – Summer – next week

Posted on: August 23rd, 2012 by joel

So, the first port80 localhost event has snuck up on us and is due to land next Wednesday (the 29th of Aug) around 18:00 here in Newport.

All the free tickets are sold out (unless I can shake a few loose from people who cannae attend anymore).

This event is sold out! Please bring your eventbrite details with you as this will be needed for registration.


2012 Talk: Dan Gates

Posted on: August 9th, 2012 by joel

Better late than never I’m getting the remaining talks up onto the blog. Next up, the cherub faced Dan Gates who gave a tour-de-force talk at this year’s Port80 on “web project management” (slides here).

Audio of the talk is here:

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Summer Localhost – the lineup

Posted on: July 26th, 2012 by joel

We’ve got the first, free localhost event coming up on the 29th of Aug and I have to say that I’m really excited about the speakers & topics.

The event will be at the University of Newport, City Campus (same as main #Port80), is 2hrs max from 18:00-20:00 and then we’ll probably head over to Ye Olde Murenger to carry on the festivities.

Tickets can be snaffled up at eventbrite (warning: they are like rocking horse poop)

Ok, let’s take a look at who’ll be treading the boards..

1: ‘Content; it’s not just for Christmas’

Ollie Wells – Interaction Development Manager – Sequence

We as designers and developers have a responsibility to our clients to educate them in how to maintain a fidelity of design through the use of content. I will go through some examples of how content can ruin a great design, and some key tips and pointers to pass onto clients to get them thinking in the right way about the content they are adding to their own sites and applications.

Ollie runs a team of front end ninjas at Sequence in Cardiff. He’s responsible for coming up with the best way for users to interact with content on websites and in web applications for Sequence’s clients. With a mixed bag of skills under his belt, Ollie’s main passion lies in always making something to the best quality it can be.

Ollie lives with his lovely wife near Bridgend. When he’s not saving the World (Wide Web) , he likes mountain biking, snowboarding, playing guitar and meeting people for a beer. Just not at the same time. Although he probably could. If he wanted to.

2: ‘Make your coding Sublime’

Benjamin Reid – Aardman Digital

I’ll be giving a whirlwind tour of the up and coming editor, Sublime Text. Whether you’re new to coding, or a hardened vet’, this great editor has something for everyone. I guarantee to show you some tips which will shave away your development time and how to make those menial tasks disappear. So, an editor that essentially gives your longer to live; cool eh?

I’m a web developer from Bristol, UK. Proudly part of the @aardmandigital team. Also a keen guitarist & photographer.

3: ‘Content First FTW’

Rob ‘Bertie’ MillsBluegg

Rob will talk about how Bluegg have banished lorum ipsum and adopted a content first approach for web projects. He’ll discuss how they implemented this, getting clients on board and the impact it has had on projects.

Rob is Studio Manager at Bluegg, a journalism graduate and author of A Practical Guide to Designing the Invisible from Five Simple Steps. Having worked at Mark Boulton Design and Carsonified previously, Rob has extensive experience of project management and running a design studio. He has written for .Net, Think Vitamin, Smashing Magazine and 24ways. He will write for coffee and Monster Munch but never for raisins or yoghurt with bits in

The Final Countdown

So that’s the line up folks, cool huh?

The good news is that tickets are free.

The bad news is that there are very few left! If you want come, I’d book now.


Localhost Aug Event: Update

Posted on: July 14th, 2012 by joel

Next up on the Port80 event diary is the first localhost event – these are the small scale, free, evening based affairs.

If you want to come along then best pull your finger out as 16 tickets have gone so far and the room at Newport Uni can only hold about 25 tops.


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