Refresh Pittsburgh

A community of web designers & developers working to refresh the web design industry in Pittsburgh.

Next Meetup:

March 16 / 6:30pm

Left Field Meeting Space

“Enabling Collaboration”

Ben Callahan

“Let’s Work Together”

Brad Frost


November 2012 Meetup!

Please join us on Wednesday, November 14th for the next Refresh Pittsburgh meet up at Left Field Meeting Space on the North Shore.

We’ll be starting around 6:30pm. When you get to the building, walk into the larger glass doors that say “Smith Brothers Agency” and take the elevator to the 4th floor. The front doors will be on automatic lock for 7:15!

As always, please RSVP by sending an email to or just let us know you are coming on the Facebook event page so we can plan accordingly!

For November, we’re talking design all night along with Ryan Hamrick and a special guest from Cleveland, Brad Colbow.

Getting Started with Lettering

Ryan Hamrick

Custom hand-lettering isn’t easy, and it takes a ton of practice and dedication to get the hang of it. But if you’re set on learning and know a thing or two about design and design software already, you may be further along the path to lettering professionally than you might think. Pittsburgh-based letterer and designer Ryan Hamrick shares some tips and techniques to dive head-first into lettering with little-to-no experience.

Ryan Hamrick is a letterer and designer based in Pittsburgh, PA that specializes in branding and hand-drawn letters with a deep background in UI design. You can follow him on Dribbble, Twitter or read his regular column on custom lettering on The Industry.

The Little Things

Brad Colbow, Creative Director at Designing Interactive

We tend to be focused on really big things (launching a product, a big event, etc.) but where most sites/apps drop the ball are in all “the little things” that make up a good user experience. Join us as Brad gives and introduction to user research and how we can apply it to our work.

Brad Colbow is creative director at Designing Interactive in Cleveland Ohio. He might be better known for his comics that are published monthly in .Net magazine and “The Brads” a (almost) weekly strip found on his personal website. His work has appeared on the New York Time’s website, CNET, Smashing Magazine and elsewhere. You can find out more about him and his work on his website

You can follow Brad on Twitter at: @bradcolbow.