Earlier this month our front-end team made the short Metro journey from our base in Sunderland to Frontend NE: The Conference.

Taking place at Wylam Brewery in Exhibition Park, Frontend NE: The Conference marked the third anniversary of Frontend North East, the local monthly meetup for front-end developers in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

An impressive line-up of speakers, which included industry experts Val Head, Christian Heilmann and Leonie Watson to name but a few, covered a wide breadth of topics such as web animation, accessibility and mental health.

We thought we’d share a few of our highlights:

Front-end Developer, Sarah Allen, particularly enjoyed Val Head’s talk ‘Choose Your Animation Adventure’.

“I really enjoyed Val’s talk. She gave a great overview of the different approaches to web animation, and her enthusiasm for her craft definitely made me think more about how we could introduce further animation into our own projects—plus she had a flying cat!”

Christopher Heilmann’s talk ‘7 things you can do to become a happier JavaScript developer’ was the pick of the day for Lead Designer, Kevin Gibson.

“Even though I don’t consider myself a JavaScript developer, there were a lot of takeaways from Chris’ talk. I liked the overarching message of trying out new things and not becoming so bogged down by the details which ultimately don’t determine the successful outcome of a project.”

By approaching a web application as a tree of components rather than discrete pages, the team have created a more testable, maintainable and reliable codebase.

My personal favourite talk was ‘A Red LEGO Brick is Always Red’, where Jack Franklin gave a good insight into the work being done by the team at Thread. By approaching a web application as a tree of components rather than discrete pages, the team have created a more testable, maintainable and reliable codebase.

Following the conference we then headed over to Lane7 for the official after-party, where the organisers had hired the whole place for some bowling, ping pong and mini-golf!

Congrats to Sam, Martin and Colin, and their team of volunteers for a delivering a hugely successful event.

For more information on Frontend North East, head on over to their website. https://frontendne.co.uk/

Nathan Lawson

Nathan Lawson

Lead Front-End Developer

Nathan’s attention to detail ensures our client projects look and work great across all devices. Outside of work Nathan enjoys running and also organises Sunderland Digital — the biggest monthly tech meetup in Sunderland.

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