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


March 2017 Meetup!

Please join us on Thursday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. for our March meet-up!

This month, we’re returning to Left Field Meeting Space, provided by our hosts, Smith Brothers Agency.

As always, Refresh Pittsburgh is free to all attendees, we just ask that you RSVP here so we know how many people to plan for.

Afterward, we’ll head downstairs to Beerhead Bar to hang out, grab some drinks, and talk shop (as we always do). Beerhead Bar is located at 110 Federal Street – almost directly below Left Field Meeting Space.

This month, we’ll have talks from Ben Callahan of Sparkbox and Brad Frost.

“Enabling Collaboration”

Most of us have learned the hard way that technical projects don’t fail for technical reasons. Politics, egos, misunderstandings … working with people is a messy business. And yet, every experience we create alongside our human clients is intended to make life a little better for a human user. These things are only possible through collaboration. This presentation will focus on the things each of us can do to create a culture which enables healthy collaboration. From the sales cycle to the push to production, we’ll hit on topics relevant to making collaboration possible for you and your team.

President of Sparkbox and founder of the Build Right workshop series, Ben shares his ideas about the web on the Sparkbox Foundry and other leading industry blogs. He’s incredibly grateful for the team at Sparkbox as they pioneer new responsive web design techniques and he continues to push for great user experiences outside the context of specific devices. You can find him speaking around the worldrambling on Twittertinkering with his personal site, or splitting wood in his backyard for next winter.

“Let’s Work Together”

Nobody works alone in a vacuum, and successful work hinges on how well a team communicates and collaborates with each other. This talk will explore many methods, tools, and techniques teams use to produce great web experiences. How do front-end development teams make sure they write clean and consistent code together? How do designers ensure colors, typography, and other design elements are used correctly? What deliverables should be created in an effective web design process? How are decisions communicated with the team, stakeholders, and the broader organization? There are no “right” answers to these questions, but this talk will cover some important principles and helpful tactics to help your team make great work together.

Brad Frost is a web designer, speaker, writer, and consultant located in beautiful Pittsburgh, PA. He’s passionate about creating Web experiences that look and function beautifully on a never-ending stream of connected devices, and is constantly tweeting, writing and speaking about it. He’s the author of Atomic Design, and has also helped create several tools and resources for web designers, including This Is Responsive, Pattern Lab,, WTF Mobile Web, and Mobile Web Best Practices.