Refresh Pittsburgh

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

Next Meetup:

Left Field Meeting Space

Why You Need a Manifesto, and How to Make One

Cynthia Closkey, Shift Collaborative

Why Your Business Should Have an Apprentice Program

Rob Harr, Sparkbox


Thanks for a Great 2012!

Thank you to everyone who helped make 2012 a great year for Refresh Pittsburgh.  We’ve seen our newsletter subscribers jump to over 500+ and our meeting attendance average around 60 people.  We’ve come a long way since our first meeting with 12 people in Kiva Han in Oakland.

First, thanks to everyone who presented or was on a panel this year.  Dave Olsen, Patrick Fulton, Rob Stinogle, Matt Griffin, Ryan Hamrick, Brad Colbow, Nate Bishop, Nathan PereticJames Acklin & Josh Sager.

Second, thank you to all the attendees and speakers of this year’s Web Design Day who helped to make it the our best event yet.

Finally, thanks to everyone who comes to Refresh, attends our workshops and spreads the word about what we are doing.  We couldn’t do this without your support.

We already have some neat plans in place for 2013.  We have a few interesting workshops in the loop and a few out-of town speakers you may enjoy.  And don’t forget, if you would like to present at an upcoming Refresh meet-up let us know!

We’ll announce our next meetup sometime in January, until then, Happy Holidays from Jason, Val and Geoff.

Yay Pittsburgh!!!

New Website & Identity

Welcome to the new Refresh Pittsburgh website. As you can see, we not only have a new website but an entire new identity.

Our website was in need of a, well, refresh, for quite some time. In fact, our previous design was thrown together in a matter of a few days in anticipation of our first Refresh Pittsburgh meet-up almost 3 years ago. We’ve been adding to it with some digital duct-tape since then – spending more time on our meet-ups and other Refresh projects and badly neglecting our own website.

The new design/identity is courtesy of Gage Salzano. He did an amazing job. You can read more about his thought process and what else he came up with for us on a post at his own website. Gage recently moved to Chicago, but he’s going to continue helping us with additional identity work. Including some t-shirts and a 1 inch buttons!

There is still some fine-tuning to be done in some of the nooks & crannies of the new site, especially going over the old posts to make sure they fit. But we’re happy with how it turned out. If you run into any problems, feel free to shoot us an email and let us know.

Welcome, Geoff Barnes!

Refresh Pittsburgh would like to officially introduce Geoff Barnes – he’s coming on board as a co-organizer!

Geoff has been extremely active with Refresh for a while now – he gave a fantastic presentation, helped moderate our recent panel discussion and was also a big help with encouragement while organizing Web Design Day.  Some of you may know him from twitter or his blog.

Refresh Pittsburgh has grown remarkably fast in the last year and it’s becoming harder to keep things organizing and running smoothly.  With Geoff’s help we’ll be getting better at having regular monthly meet-ups and other events.

We should have an announcemnt shortly for the upcoming June meet-up, as well as better information on future meet-ups and other Refresh Pittsburgh doings.

So, join me in offering a big welcome to Geoff!

Job Board Open!

Tonight, we debuted the Refresh Pittsburgh  Job Board.

We’re partnered with Jobamatic to offer our users a comprehensive listing of web design and development related position in the Western Pennsylvania area.

If you are a company looking to hire, the Refresh Pittsburgh job board will give you access to the largest web development users group in the area – and you’ll be reaching some of the most talented people in the Western Pennsylvania.

Job listings are only $25 for 30 days.