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At Wired Sussex we’ve been talking for a while about the lack of events for designers. It seems that the calendar is full of techie stuff (there seems to be a group for every programming language) and events such as Write Club show that writers can be sociable too. Friday night though saw the first Brighton Glug event and it was well worth waiting for!

It had sold out well in advance and the additional tickets that were released also sold out almost instantly. The venue (The Basement, in 24 Kensington Street) was perfect for people to chat and be creative. The walls were lined with canvases and people were covering them with some great pieces. There were also animations screenings and DJs.

There were five talks throughout the night covering all aspects of design and showcasing some real cutting edge work. I enjoyed catching up with a lot of creative types who I’d not seen for a while and meeting lots if new people too. The night was billed as ‘Not working not Networking’ and this was evident with a really relaxed atmosphere (helped no doubt by a reasonably priced bar!).

So thanks to Crush, Agency Rush and everyone else involved in making the night such a success. I’m already looking forward to the next one...

...before that though, if you’ve got an interest in all things creative then why not head along to tonight’s Create Brighton drinks at The Victory? The group are meeting for the first time to chat about what should be done to create a network for designers in Brighton. As Adam Kemeny, the event organiser says: “Create Brighton is just an idea at the moment. I think that it should be a place online for Brighton's creative community to get together to share work, get feedback from peers, showcase home-grown talent to the wider world and be a central point to find other, related activities that are happening locally and beyond”.

I hope this signals an increase in local events for designers and gives people a platform to show off the huge amount of design talent that there is in Brighton and the surrounding areas.


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Phil Jones

Hi, I'm the Director of Innovation and Projects at Wired Sussex, I deliver our portfolio of regional creative technology projects and support our innovation hub, the FuseBox.

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