Past Meetup

"Develop Design Faster" and "Forward thinking in Sketch"

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This month's meetup will be a relaxed, casual one while we're all still buzzing from two great events last week, Collide and Mixin Conf 2016!

We *might* have a couple of surprise talks on the night but for now, it's all about the food, drinks and mingles. See you there!

**Update! Two special talks for this month :)

"Develop Design Faster" with Brett Jones

It’s not uncommon to treat the development of a website as a wholly separate process—and even role—to the design of it. But what happens when you bring the two closer together?

In this talk, Brett will demonstrate some useful techniques that were employed with Middleman, a static site generator, to rapidly build (and make updates to) the MixinConf 2016 website.

Along the way Brett hopes to make a case for embracing development shortcuts as a key part of the design process, to efficiently cut down on repetitive tasks, while also providing a shorter feedback loop, faster iteration, and easier updates.

About Brett

Brett is a designer and front-end developer at Pin Payments (, obsessed with coffee, grids of the exploded variety, CSS class naming conventions and drawing rectangles in a variety of fidelities.


"Forward thinking in Sketch" with Callum Shand

Thinking ahead and tweaking your existing Sketch workflow can really help you in the long run. In this 15 minute workshop style talk, we’ll design a block using some plugins and techniques that will save you time and headaches.

About Callum

Callum is Head of UX at Doghouse; a digital agency with offices in Perth and Melbourne.

Once a budding freelance graphic designer and web developer, a passion for designing user focused web applications was discovered while studying Science and majoring in Digital Media at University.

With a key focus on user experience and human computer interaction, he has been crafting award winning digital experiences with Doghouse since 2011. With a mix of state and national clients, he has delivered successful solutions for the likes of Virgin Australia, Rusty, Flight Centre and the AFL.

In his spare time you can find him playing guitar, skateboarding, drinking whisky, and not always at the same time.


About the AWIA monthly meetups

Port80 is a monthly meetup for web professionals including designers, developers, sys admins, marketers, digital strategists, students... and pretty much anyone who's involved in the web.

Our monthly meetings start with casual drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and pizza (or something else). We simply ask for a small donation to cover the drinks and food if you partake.

We then have one or more presentations on a variety of topics which usually end with lots of questions and discussions... and more drinks.

Port80 meetups are held in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide by the Australian Web Industry Association (AWIA) -