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


Web Design Day 2012

I’m happy to announce our main track of speakers for Web Design Day 2012!

Dan Mall has been a friend of ours since he spoke at the first Flashpitt conference. Since then, we’ve brought him back to Pittsburgh for a workshop a few years ago and he’s been one of our favorite speakers and people. He’s one of the most talented – and nicest people in the industry!

Brad Frost has been making a name for himself lately as not only an expert in mobile and other devices, but also as a prolific speaker. Last year, he traveled to Pittsburgh to join us for Web Design Day, this year we’re proud to say he’s speaking as a resident of our fair city since he moved back this summer!

Jessica Ivins is a Senior Experience Designer at Happy Cog. She’s spoken at other conferences like IA Summit 2011, Wharton UI Conference 2011 & 2012, Midwest UX 2012 & SXSW 2012. We’re really happy she’s joining us this year!

Geoff Barnes is making his return to Web Design Day. Geoff was a speaker at our first even back in 2009. Geoff is the Director of User Experience at Pittsburgh-based Elliance, and a great presenter.

Meagan Fisher is a prolific designer and in her seven year career she’s partnered with legendary design firms such as SimpleBits and Happy Cog West. She’s also done client work for a broad range of companies, including Twitter and Meagan has spoke at some of the biggest events in Web Design and we’re extremely happy to be add her to our bill this year.

Kevin Hoffman was an attendee of the first Web Design Day, and the following year become our most highly rated speaker. We’ve been asked numerous times if he would speak again in Pittsburgh and we’re psyched that he’ll be joining us again this year.

Registrations are now open! Learn more about all of our speakers and register at

Pittsburgh “Build Responsively” Workshop!

We’ve been working behind the scenes to help our friends at Sparkbox to bring their 2-Day “Build Responsively” Workshop tour to Pittsburgh. We’re happy to say that we were successful! Thanks to all of you who voted for Pittsburgh to be a stop on their tour!

So we’re proud to help present:

Build Responsively

Web Developers, Information Architects, UI & UX Designers, Website Designers, Team Managers, and Product Managers will all benefit from this workshop. In two days we’ll:

  • Learn Theories & Techniques
  • Craft a Responsive Website
  • Discuss Planning & Design Deliverables
  • Interact with Experienced Designers & Developers
  • Examine Emerging Patterns for Common Challenges
  • Experiment with JavaScript in Responsive Web Design
  • Discuss Retrofitting Legacy Sites

When: August 16 & 17

Where: PNC Park!

Early Bird Tickets go on sale on June 29th!

Learn more and register at Build Responsively

Web Design Day 2011 Sold Out!

Wow! Registrations for Web Design Day opened yesterday and sold out in about 10 hours. We’re really excited for our little conference and look forward to seeing all of you who have registered!

This year’s line up includes:

You can learn more about Web Design Day at

Slides From Web Design Day 2010

Here are slides and other info from each one of the Web Design Day 2010 presentations:

Margot Bloomstein
Be a Greedy Bastard: Do More with Content Strategy!

Christopher Cashdollar
More Than Cheesesteaks: Can a Web Design Process Reinvent Philadelphia?

Jon Dascola
The Designer’s Duty

Matt Griffin & Michael Heillein
Making Websites is Easy – Bearded Studio & Maki App!

Kevin Hoffman
You F*cked Up. Now What?

Elliott Munoz
Staying Alive: Finding and Keeping your Creative Motivation

Zack Naylor
Helping your Company Adopt a User-centered Process

Josh Sager
The Freelance Dating Game: How to Prevent the Nasty Break-up