Designers Vs. Developers CamCreative April Newsletter


Hello everyone!

Howdy folks, hope the thick layer of volcanic ash and the impending apocalypse isn’t disturbing your creative flow too much. In this month’s newsletter we’ve got ways of getting involved in Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival and CoDE, an exclusive invite to TEDxCAM and info on this month’s meet-up, which promises to be a goodie!

When’s the next do?

Join us at the bar at the Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge on Thursday 25th March from 7.00pm.

Our theme for the evening is:

Designers v Developers

Are designers just arty space cadets with who spend too much time in Starbucks? Are developers hairy geeks who lock themselves in dark rooms for fear of human interaction?

Why do designers ignore technology issues and business requirements when putting together a website? Why do developers focus on bells and whistles and ignore the nuts and bolts?

Don’t worry if you’re not a designer or developer – just come along and join the wider debate about how us creatives can make team relationships work more effectively.

 Our referee for the evening will be local designer Nick Welsh from Mono Industries. He’ll be there to stimulate debate – and stop any fisticuffs should they occur…

Newsy stuff

Make a film for the greatest show on earth!

Want to see your film screened at Glastonbury? Our region is taking part in the Village Screen at Glastonbury in 2010 and is looking for contributors. They’re looking for a mix of inspiring, funny, original and challenging films from young film makers, aged 12 to 24, to be involved.

More info: Take a look at the Rising To The Challenge document. Deadline for entries is Tuesday 4 May. Email Liz Hughes at the Arts Council or call her on 07595 091333 for more info.

Discover the CoDE

CoDE – the Cultures of the Digital Economy-institute – is the new research and creative industry initiative at Anglia Ruskin University. “We are hoping to get both academics and creative practitioners and businesses involved,” says CoDE director Jussi Parikka.
More info: Visit the CoDE website or their Facebook page

Support the Kitchen Table Charities Trust

CamCreative member Ellie Stoneley is off to Madagascar on behalf of BBC presenter John Humphrys’ Kitchen Table Charities Trust to look at projects which have applied for funding. She’ll be blogging, tweeting, Facebook-ing and do as much as she can to raise the charity’s profile charity and remind people that behind the glossy movie is one of the poorest countries in the world.

More info: Read Ellie’s blog, follow her on Twitter or visit her JustGiving page. Plus The KTCT are also on Twitter so follow them too!

Chat to Phyllis
Phyllis Dunseth needs someone to chat about her paintings for a small publication. You don’t have to be a connoisseur and it’ll take less than an hour.

More info: Email Phyllis to find out more

Dates for the diary

As a member of CamCreative you are invited to discuss the vital role of the arts in Cambridge with your parliamentary candidates. 
Green Party Candidate Tony Juniper + Conservative Party Candidate Nick Hillman + Liberal Democrat Party Candidate Julian Huppert

+ Labour Party Candidate Daniel Zeichner

 bThere will be no speeches and there is no formal agenda for this meeting, we will be giving YOU the opportunity to lead discussions with all candidates based on your concerns, questions and hopes for the future of the arts in the city.  

More info: The above candidates will be meeting local arts professionals at The Junction, Clifton Way this Monday 19th April at 13:00 until 14:00  Visit the Please RSVP to to confirm attendance.

Invitation to TEDxCAM

As a member of CamCreative you are invited to attend TEDxCAM – Cambridge’s first ever TEDx event. It’s an invitation-only event where fascinating ideas and disruptive innovation will be presented and discussed by some of the most remarkable thinkers and doers in the world. It is independent from, but supported by, the University of Cambridge and organised under licence from TED.

More info: Saturday 17th April at the Cambridge Union, cost £12.99 plus £36 if you wish to have dinner. View the agenda or register now, entering the code Guest100408.

Cambridge Digital Marketing Conference
Make sense of the world of digital marketing: what matters and what’s just a distraction. No hype, no sales pitches, just professional marketers, commentators and service providers sharing their views on current best practice and emerging trends.

More info: 8th July at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford CB22 4QR. Visit the Digital Marketing Conference website

CaMedia Q&A: Crash Course on Everyth!ng

A great opportunity to ask questions and debate answers with a selected panel and other members on hot topics concerning the media and creative industries. Questions can be posted in advance on the forum section of the CaMedia site. Good chance to network too.

More info: Monday April 26th, from 6.30pm at the Cass Centre (Cambridge University Press), Shaftesbury Road. Parking and bar available. Entrance fee: £2 members, £6 non-members.

Thinking in Materials

Josie Camus from The Fitzwilliam Museum will be at Cambridge charity Rowan to lead discussions and challenge the argument that not all ideas can exist in all media. Having the experience of working with the materials of your art will change the ideas you’re likely to have and the work you produce. 

More info: 6-8pm, 21st April, Rowan, 40 Humberstone Road, Cambridge CB4 1JG. To book a place contact Judith Jones on 01223 566027 or 07888 399156 or send her an email

Pitch and mix

Connect with the entrepreneurial community in Cambridge.

More info: Every Thursday morning from 8.45am at Clowns Cafe on King Street. Find out more at the CamTech site

Jobs and opportunities

Latest vacancies from Brand Digital

Big thanks to Louise Allwood and Ursula Colman from Brand Digital & Creative Recruitment for all their tips last month on making a knockout CV. Here’s some of their latest vacancies:

Web Developer (contract), Cambridge, LA681500075 £150 per day  

Our client urgently needs an experienced Web Developer for an ongoing contract starting immediately. It is essential you have your own transport.

Technical skills: PHP/MySQL developer, PHP frameworks, Object-Oriented PHP development, XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, AJAX

Web Designer/Developer (Perm), Cambridge, LA68150073 £28,000 – £35,000 – depending on skills & experience

Responsible for the visual design and backend implementation of our client’s websites and online assets, ensuring a variety of brands are maintained to a high quality throughout.
Technical skills: Photoshop/Fireworks, PHP, HTML, MySQL, CSS and JavaScript

Lead Graphic Designer (Perm), Cambridge, LA68150055, To £31,000 + excellent benefits  

You will be a dedicated designer who is ideas led with ambition and drive. This role will see you create compelling and inventive solutions for client communication campaigns. You must be able to demonstrate skills with a strong portfolio and equally happy working on print or digital creative.

LodeStar Festival 2010

LodeStar is a new, fresh and exciting festival near Cambridge which plans to bring local and national talent together through all forms of the performing arts and music.
More info: Whether it’s performing, trading, catering or working at the festival for more details visit the LodeStar website or send LodeStar an email.

Musicians and dancers wanted for Heart of the World 2010

Take part in this wonderful world music and culture festival and perform all over Cambridge! If you are a musician, singer or dancer performing world or international performance styles then please get in touch.

More info: 11th to 24th July. Email Elaine Midgley or give her a call on  01223 457592  

The Co-operative Cambridge Folk Festival 2010: Arts Coordinator

Creative visual artist required! The Co-operative Cambridge Folk Festival is looking for an enthusiastic and creative individual to develop its on-site visual ambience, creative artwork and less visited areas of the site.  They’re looking for someone who:

– is a keen Festival supporter
– has exciting creative ideas
– is keen to get mucky to create some artwork with volunteers, young people and others
– is a good coordinator and project manager able to manage a team of volunteers

More info: Send Eddie Barcan an email for full details of the position and how to apply. Deadline for applications:  21st April 2010.

Just for fun

If you’re bored by all the electioneering you might want to try the Leaders’ Debates Drinking Game*. Listen out for any awkward pop references, Cameron saying he’s bringing sexy back or Brown doing ‘that thing with his chin.’

*Please drink responsibly. Actually, do what you like.


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