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Pixel Pioneers Bristol returns on 8 June

Published on Wednesday, 2nd May 2018

Pixel Pioneers, the community conference for web/UX designers and front-end developers, returns for its second year to Bristol’s iconic harbourside on 8 June, this time preceded by a day of workshops.

Organised by former net magazine editor Oliver Lindberg, the event at the M Shed will bring together some of the industry’s brightest minds, from the UK as well as Norway, Denmark, and Luxembourg. The diverse line-up includes Heydon Pickering, Sarah Richards, Simon Collison, Stéphanie Walter, and Bristol-based web typography consultant Laurence Penney.

The practical and inspiring talks will cover design systems, inclusive interface design, user testing, variable fonts, content design, perceived performance, and more. On the day before the conference, there will also be a couple of full-day workshops on UX psychology for UX and product design (run by Joe Leech) and easy and affordable user testing (run by Ida Aalen).

After the workshops, Shopify invites you aboard the Grain Barge for a free conference warm-up that will include a fireside chat with designers Mike Kus, Djuro Selec and Michael Flarup. They will share their top tips for work / life balance in the creative and tech industries, and how we keep ourselves motivated, accountable and on track.

“I was blown away by the success of last year’s inaugural conference,” Pixel Pioneers co-founder Oliver Lindberg said. “I always knew that the Southwest had a vibrant tech scene, but small businesses and freelancers don’t have a big budget to attend events that are usually pricey and require quite a bit of travelling. I wanted to bring some first-class speakers right to their doorstep and make it affordable.”

“The talks focus on user-centred design, and how you can do things with limited resources. How can some of the simplest changes have the biggest impact on the websites and digital products we create? How do you make sure your design system is kept alive and healthy? How do you influence the users' perception of your site's speed? Let’s face it — budgets are being cut everywhere. You’ll leave Pixel Pioneers ready and excited to make a difference with no need for fancy equipment or help from expensive consultants.”

Pixel Pioneers is working in partnership with GWR to offer conference attendees heavily discounted rail fares to and from Bristol. If you're planning to travel on a GWR route, simply go to this page and select 'Bristol'. A London to Bristol return typically works out at £44, for example. All you need is to be able to provide proof of attending the conference.

Student tickets are half-price, and group discounts (for teams of 5 or more) are also available. Please contact the organiser for details. Check out some photos from last year’s event here.