Checking out Refresh Pittsburgh

Refresh Pittsburgh is a is a community of designers and developers working to refresh the creative, technical, and professional culture of Internet designers and developers in Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas. I had actually never heard of Refresh Pittsburgh before my friend Kelly mentioned it to me. I’m always down to check out new tech meetups and events in Pittsburgh so I decided to check it out.

The April meetup was held at Left Field Meeting Space, which has to be one of the coolest meeting spaces that I’ve been to in Pittsburgh! It definitely had one of the coolest couches that I’ve ever seen!

Each meetup has a few different speakers talking about various topics. The first speaker was Jay Fanelli who is the co-founder and designer at Full Stop, a Pittsburgh web design and development shop. His talk titled, “Stop Hating Your Clients” was all about choosing the right clients. It was very insightful and made perfect sense I know I’ve taken work sometimes that I have regretted.

The second speaker was Jon Dascola, his talk was titled, “If you are in the shit up to your neck, the only thing you can do is sing”. He talked about taking pride in your work and doing small things that can make your project stand out from others. He had great examples and really made me understand that the littlest things can make a difference.

I really enjoyed that meetup and I will probably be going to another one in the future. It is always great to meet with people in the same space and talk about different issues we encounter.