Past Meetup

May - An evening of design & front end

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Join us in May for an evening of talks on design & front end. We have two great talks lined up with a discussion session at the end.

We'll be at the Bean enCounter on Thursday 19th May. As always we have free food and a drink waiting! We'll be there from 6pm with talks starting at 7pm.

It has been pointed out the North Walls car park will likely still be closed. This is the car park we normally recommend, just off the dual carriageway where the new Morrisons is going.

There is still plenty of free parking available around Stafford. We recommend Broad Street (, next to Wilkos, which is operated by the Council and is free after 6pm. Alternatively, there is lots of street parking on Eastgate Street (,+Stafford+ST16+2LZ,+UK/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x487a717c007d3f0d:0x6885a951f24bf04a?sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiDltfl-5rMAhVsDcAKHa9sAncQ8gEIIzAB) and the surrounding areas which is also free after 6pm.


The Business Case for Modular Design
Laura Elizabeth (

Designing patterns instead of pages is generally thought of as more sustainable way to design.

Anyone who's ever tried it will have probably have found it takes a lot more than just designing a bunch of components and fitting them together (like Lego!)

So with a longer process, and bigger budget, it’s increasingly important that we can get clients on board with this new way of working. To do that we need to work out what the business case is for modular design and most importantly, how we can sell it to our clients.

Saving Time with Gulp
Jake Cobley (

I will explain the pros and cons of introducing a task runner into your front-end development workflow. I’ll then introduce Gulp and demonstrate how it can be used to automate a number of common tasks such as asset compiling and optimisation.

Discussion Session (Lean Coffee)
Trevor Adams (

Our interpretation of Lean Coffee (, a fast paced open discussion. Using sticky notes, during the break people will post up questions or talk topics. You will have the opportunity to vote for the sticky notes that you find the most interesting. We'll then open the floor for a short discussion on each topic.

Nerdy t-shirt competition

To top off the excellent lineup, we’re also holding a nerdy t-shirt competition this month. We have an additional raffle prize this month for one lucky person! The staff at Bean enCounter, clearly impressed by some of our members attire, have suggested we hold a nerdy t-shirt competition. So come along wearing your geekiest/nerdiest shirt to be in with a chance.

Thanks to our sponsors for this event – iWeb ( and TopCashback (