Showroom Cinema

Mon 8th Feb, 6:30pm



Brendan Dawes

Brendan DawesBrendan Dawes is Creative Director for magneticNorth, an interactive design company based in Manchester, UK. Over the years he’s helped to realise projects for a wide range of brands including Sony Records, Diesel, BBC, Fox Kids, Channel 4, Disney, Benetton, Kellogg’s, The Tate and Coca-Cola.

Ever since his first experiences with the humble ZX81 back in the early eighties, Brendan has continued to explore the interplay of people, code, design and art both in his role leading the team at mN ( and on, a personal space where he publishes random thoughts, toys and projects created from an eclectic mix of digital and analog objects. In 2009 he was listed among the top twenty web designers in the world by .Net magazine and was featured in the “Design Icon” series in Computer Arts.

Brendan spends much of the year speaking at various conferences around the world which in the past have included the HOW Design Conference Chicago, Flashforward New York, New Media Age Congress London, South by Southwest Austin, Microsoft Research Redmond, Macromedia Web World Seattle, Art Directors Club of Spain, Madrid, Europrix Vienna, Voices that Matter San Francisco, Future of Web Design London, Internet World Los Angeles as well as various lectures in universities around the UK. He also sits on the advisory board for D&AD North and in 2008 was a jury member for the Art Directors Club awards in New York and D&AD. In 2009 he was the Chairman for the interactive design jury for the Art Directors Club New York.

Bruce Lawson

Bruce LawsonBruce is an Open Standards Evangelist for Opera. He’s been promoting accessibility since 2003, and was front-end technical lead for the Law Society website. He blogs at, is a purple belt at kickboxing and is a volunteer Guinness taster.


Ben & Jon from CahoonaBen and Jon started up their web agency, Cahoona, in January 2009 when they accidentally beat a load of big deals to a prestigious contract. Since then, while thumbing their noses at the recession, the boys have gone from strength to strength and now find themselves working with the likes of Umbro, Band on the Wall and Manchester Food and Drink Festival. They’ve also succeeded in turning a profit, and doubling the team in size. At Speak the Web, Ben and Jon will talk you through what it means to start an agency, what you need to think about if you’re looking to start up, and how you can try to separate yourselves apart from the bigger fish.


6:30pm Registration
7:00pm Welcome
7:15pm Revved Up: Starting out in the recession, Cahoona
7:45pm HTML5 for fun and profit, Bruce Lawson
8:15pm Break
8:45pm Cushions – Brendan Dawes
9:30pm Wrap up and Competitions
9:45pm Socialising!


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