WordCamp Manchester Design

WordCamp Manchester

I love a good WordCamp, and I have been happy to have been part of the organiser team for WordCamp Manchester for several years. The WordPress Community is a fantastic group of people, and I have made many friends there.

This year I led the design team for the 2018 Manchester Event. After the 2017 Event, I sat down with this year's Lead Organiser, Hugo Finley, in Mackie Mayor & we started to thrash out ideas for the design.

This year, WordPress turned 15, so I decided to give this year's design a theme celebrating Retro tech. Sure, being a woman of a certain age means I recall things like Pac Man, the Sony Walkman, Ataris, etc. Let's face it, we are looking at 30 years more than 15, but when it comes to colourful graphics, no one is counting. It was all in the spirit of cool old stuff that made us feel warm and fuzzy. I wanted to somehow combine this idea with an overall 'pop art' look.

Look and feel for WordCamp Manchester.

I created the design with a series of hand-drawn doodles. I doodled from a quick brain dump of any old gadgets I could imagine. This year I put my hands on a new piece of tech, the iPad Pro and Apple pencil. So I used the fabulous new pro-create app to create the little doodles for the final design.

Next, I had to tie the design together. I chose bright blue, red and black with a halftone screen effect to create the pop art look and feel. The result was the ensuing colourful design you see here. I paired the graphics with the gorgeous BARO typeface, a multi-layered font that allows you to create unique and stylistic lettering.

Manchester's' cute little bumble bee wapuu, which I created a few years earlier, has become one of the more popular wapuus of the world. He was given a pop-art makeover for this year to match the brand, making the whole event bright and colourful.

Being part of a WordCamp is a way to give back to the open-source community and a great way to have your artwork seen by a worldwide audience. I'm proud to be a part of it and grateful for acknowledging my skills. I will head up London's Design Team this year, so watch this space!

Written By Andi Wilkinson Last Updated 19th September 2018 
Creative Director of Made By Factory. UX Designer & SEO Nerd, Andi is also a board member of Manchester Digital, and speaks and writes on a variety of web-related topics.
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