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Web Design/Development 101: How to Make it as a Web Professional

On June 12th, you can learn what it takes to become a web professional! Hosted by Tech Talent South, we will share all the juicy details you will need to know in order to make it in the web industry. We'll have an expert panel of web designers and developers. They'll share their best tips and tricks to establishing yourself and succeeding in the industry. 


Julie Taylor is a versatile web designer and front-end developer with 15+ years of experience designing and building websites, customer-facing UIs, advertising and e-mail marketing programs within both corporate and freelance environments. She is currently working at, an Amazon subsidiary, as the sole front-end web designer and developer on the e-commerce website.


Brian Fletcher has spent the last 15 years delivering innovative web solutions for clients. With a background in front end web development strongly focused on user experience, he thrives on solving complex problems with elegant solutions and pushing the boundaries of technology. 

Brian is currently the Technology Director at Huge. Prior to Huge, Brian led development teams at Ogilvy & Mather and Razorfish and has worked with such clients as IHG, AT&T, Coca-Cola, Bank of America, State Farm, Lowe's, and many more. 


Chad is a developer with a history of building strategic digital experiences that are engaging and beautiful and a passion for helping creative teams do the same.

He has worked as a designer and a developer on projects ranging from gestural UI prototypes for Microsoft (Kinect, Surface) to alternate reality games for Hollywood blockbuster films to educational applications and curriculum/course design for web design and development. 

Chad looks to explore the design of technology interactions and experiences that engage the user in the built world while focusing on UI in architecture and the internet of things we're building and becoming.


As principal of Content Science, Colleen has advised Fortune 50 companies, government agencies, nonprofits, and boutique brands on content and user experience strategy. Colleen shares insights from her consulting in these two books with New Riders: Clout: The Art and Science of Influential Web Content  and Does Your Content Work?  Colleen also founded ContentWRX, a software service that enables organizations to evaluate whether their content is effective.

With more than 15 years of experience and an M.A. in technical communication, Colleen has held past leadership roles at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and Cingular Wireless (now AT&T). Colleen regularly speaks for conferences around the world and gives guest lectures for institutions such as University of Georgia.


As president & founder of Nebo, Adam helps oversee day-to-day operations of the 50 person independent agency. He serves on the board of directors of the Technology Association of Georgia, the Atlanta Ad Club and Startup Atlanta – where he leads the ChooseATL initiative promoting Atlanta as the perfect city for the creative class. 

He also teaches Interactive Design at the Creative Circus – one of the nation’s premier portfolio schools. Adam was named one of Atlanta's '40 under 40' rising stars by the Atlanta Business Chronicle in 2011, selected as the Atlanta AMA's Agency Marketer of The Year in 2013 and was also recognized as the 2013 Interactive Marketer of the Year by the Atlanta Interactive Marketing Association.

In his spare time, Adam helps run an entrepreneurial mentoring program for a group of amazing kids who live in the Boulevard corridor of Atlanta.


Adam is the Co-Founder and Chief Overseer of 45royale, an experienced web design studio in Atlanta, Georgia. When he's not communicating with clients, architecting new projects or slogging away in the gym, Adam is co-ordinating 45royale's international team of designers and developers, ensuring quality projects get delivered to a diverse range of clients worldwide, every single time.

This event is brought to you by:  

Tech Talent South's ( mission is to develop more tech talent in the South through immersive beginner-focused programs teaching web development and computer programming. We want to do our part to help put Atlanta on the map as the next big tech hub and empower creative thinkers in the area with the skills they need to drive innovation. In addition to offering kids coding camps throughout the Southeast, Tech Talent South offers 8-week Code Immersion Program for adults in the Atlanta area. To date, there are nearly 40 Tech Talent South alumni in Atlanta doing BIG things. 

In our Code Immersion Program, we teach Ruby on Rails, Domain Modeling, HTTP and "RESTful" Design, HTML/CSS, Javascript and AJAX, and finally how to utilize APIs. Students come out of our program with a tremendous foundation in web development and the know-how to code, design, and ship dynamic database-backed web applications. We are looking for passionate, persistent, and creative people looking to do something BIG in Atlanta. If that sounds like you, check out our website to learn more and apply.

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  • Daniel J.

    Great job on putting this amazing panel together. Is there a way to follow the speakers on Twitter?

    June 15, 2014

    • Courtney R.

      Here are the Twitter Handles for the speakers: Brian Fletcher = @befletcher, Adam Little = @adam_little, Colleen Jones = @leenjones, Adam Harrell = @adamdharrell, Julie Taylor = @juliemtaylor, Chad Altemose = @caltemose, and our sponsor, Tech Talent South = @TechTalentSouth. Hope this helps!

      June 16, 2014

    • Daniel J.

      Thank you both!

      June 17, 2014

  • Leslie W.

    Great panel!! I always learn something at these types of events.

    June 16, 2014

  • Richard

    What a great panel and event! Tech Talent South was proud to sponsor and be involved with such an awesome group. If you're looking to learn to code & do something BIG, please email me at [masked] or check us out at See you all next time!

    1 · June 13, 2014

  • Logan J V.

    Thank you to all the panel members. The discussion was very insightful.

    2 · June 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was on the waiting list but then was granted a spot...too late to actually attend! I guess next time I'd better jump on this sooner. :-(

    June 12, 2014

  • ACM18

    I am sorry, I got called in for a studio meeting.

    June 12, 2014

  • Char

    I am unable to attend tonight.

    June 12, 2014

  • Jenn D.

    I'm not going to be able to make it - just released my spot! Hoping another comment will get a few more people to look at the event. Good luck and have fun everyone. See you soon!

    June 12, 2014

  • Scott W.

    Can the list admin for this meetup please verify attendees to confirm their RSVP for tonight so that we can see if some spots open up?

    June 12, 2014

    • J. C.

      Sadly there's no way to do that via Meetup. We usually see a few seats open up, so if you're really into it, c'mon down. We'll try to make room.

      June 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    what if I'm coming from a Graphic Design background and haven't really gotten started on Web Design?

    June 5, 2014

  • Antone B.

    I'm looking for a large network and a strong team, my strength are UI/UX

    1 · May 30, 2014

  • Kadesch B.

    Is tbere a cost?

    May 28, 2014

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