Front-end London One Day 2014 CFP

Andrew Walker
Andrew Walker

Front-end London One Day, the larger, day-long version of the free monthly meet-up hosted by Made by Many will be back in 2014! Get ready for a full day of cutting-edge, insightful talks about all aspects of front-end design and development.

We’re inviting the front-end community to submit talks for the event which takes place this year on October 4th in London. This Call for Presentations closes on August 24th.

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MxM TimeOut 4

Zofia Ciechowska
Zofia Ciechowska

Check out all the good stuff that we're talking about at the Made by Many offices. This week we're into: saying goodbye to storytelling, trusting instincts vs. data in design, being inspired by scarcity and never, ever doing squats and lunges again.

Tweet at @zociechowska if you'd like us to know about your cool thing.

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“The greatest social challenge of our time is an ageing population”

Georgie Mack
Georgie Mack

This is quite a heavy topic for my first Made by Many blog post. That unforgettable quote came from Royal Voluntary Service CEO, David McCullough during a recent visit to the Made by Many studio. He was one of twenty people we talked to in order to better understand the complex issues surrounding the elderly.

This was something quite a few of us felt passionate about. Some of us have past experience either volunteering or working in the public and private sector but even more of us have parents or grandparents creeping towards inexorable decline. We inevitably found ourselves approaching the topic with two hats on: as optimistic innovators, eager to find out if any of the skills we possess could add value to the situation. But also as human beings, humbled by the scale of the problems and current efforts, and aware that we wouldn’t solve anything overnight. But doing something would be infinitely better than doing nothing.

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MxM TimeOut 3

Zofia Ciechowska
Zofia Ciechowska

Check out all the good stuff that we're talking about at the Made by Many offices. On the agenda this week: designing for the ageing population, open door user testing, documentaries, mockumentaries and what makes us LOL.

Tweet at @zociechowska if you'd like us to know about your cool thing.

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Ed Catmull on rapid learning

Andy Whitlock
Andy Whitlock

I’ve been reading Creativity Inc. by Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull. It’s full of amazing advice and stories. I was about to post a couple of quotes where he talks about a methodology very similar to how we work at MxM, but it’s so damn good I’m just going to paste the whole lot. Over to Ed...

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Can a few well chosen words improve inclusivity?

Isaac Pinnock
Isaac Pinnock

Yahoo, Facebook, Google and LinkedIn have all recently published diversity reports that reveal workforces that are overwhelmingly male, white and Asian.

Changing this status quo is something we’ve always cared about, though it’s not always been an issue that’s been at the front of our minds. However, this isn’t just a personal issue, but a business one. It’s been proved over and over that having a diverse and inclusive workforce is a key to business success, especially in the field of innovation.

Currently Made by Many’s gender split for fee-earning staff is 33% female and 67% male (good, but could be better), however, at the beginning of the year I wondered whether our job adverts were doing all we could to help us create as inclusive a workforce as possible.

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