WordCamp Manchester Design

Written By Andi Wilkinson. Updated 19th September 2018
Creative Director of Made By Factory. UX Designer & SEO Nerd, Andi is also a board member of Manchester Digital, and speaks and writes on a variety of web-related topics.
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WordCamp Manchester

I love a good WordCamp and I have been happy to have been part of the organiser team for WordCamp Manchester for several years. The WordPress Community is a fantastic group of people and I have made lots of friends there.

This year I led the design team for the 2018 Manchester Event. After the 2017 Event, I sat down with this year’s Lead Organiser, Hugo Finley in Mackie Mayor & we started to thrash out ideas for the design.

This year WordPress turned 15, so I decided to give this year's design a theme celebrating just that: Retro tech. Sure, being a woman of a certain age, means I recall things like Pac Man, the Sony Walkman, Ataris and more. Let's face it, we are looking at 30 years more than 15, but when it comes to colourful graphics no one is counting. It was all in the spirit of cool old stuff that makes us feel warm and fuzzy. I wanted to somehow combine this idea with an overall ‘pop art’ look.

Look and feel for WordCamp Manchester

The design was created with a series of hand-drawn doodles. I doodled from a quick brain dump of any old gadgets I could think of. This year I put my hands on a new piece of tech, the iPad Pro and apple pencil. So I used the cool new pro-create app to create the little doodles for the final design.

Next, I had to tie the design together. I chose bright blue, red and black with a halftone screen effect to create the pop art look and feel. The result was the ensuing colourful design we ended up with. I paired the graphics with the gorgeous BARO typeface; a multi-layered font that allows you to create unique and stylistic lettering.

Manchester’s’ cute little bumble bee wapuu, which I created a few years earlier has become one of the more popular wapuus of the world. He was given a pop-art makeover for this year to match the brand, making the whole event bright and colourful.

Being part of a WordCamp is a way to give back to the open source community, and a great way to have your artwork seen by a worldwide audience. I’m proud to be a part of it and grateful for the acknowledgement of my skills. This year I have been asked to head up London’s Design Team, so watch this space!