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Posted in news by Chris Unitt on June 10th, 2011

We’re recruiting a front end web developer

Yes, we’re recruiting. Again. Sorry, we’re not any more.

This position has now been filled.

Please don’t get in touch to ask about it but maybe follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook to be first to hear about future vacancies. Cheers.

Front End Web Developer
CSS, HTML5, JavaScript and an eye for design
Birmingham or London Office
Competitive salary based upon experience
Benefits include pension & health plans

We’re looking for a full-time Front End Developer to join us. Working within a team, your role will be to deliver projects for a range of national clients.

You should be a craftsperson who takes pride in your work. You’ll have a passion for delivering high quality work to specific deadlines and an ability to deal with pressure. An organised and creative approach is key as you will be working on multiple projects at any given time. We’d like you to be an enthusiastic learner.

The role requires:

• Meticulous attention to detail
• A passion for learning
• An obsession with emerging web technologies
• An understanding of grid systems and typography preferable
• An ability to write pragmatic, well thought-out CSS for large project websites
• Javascript jQuery skills preferable

The job will entail:

• Building website front-ends and other digital interfaces, using CSS, HTML5 and JavaScript
• Attention to detail
• Project update meetings with clients

Candidates should have experience in the following:

• CSS 3
• XHTML 1.0
• JavaScript
• Adobe CS
• Knowledge of Flash, CSS Edit and Textmate would also be helpful

To apply

Applicants should provide a link to their online portfolio or examples of their work. Shortlisted candidates will be asked in for an interview. Please send a CV and online portfolio to

No agencies (don’t take it personally).


Posted in general by Chris Unitt on June 10th, 2011

Notes from OpenCulture 2011

On Wednesday I attended day two of OpenCulture 2011, otherwise known as the UK and International Collections Management Conference from the Collections Trust.

OpenCulture 2011

Collection management is a very broad topic, so a conference on the subject is likely to range quite widely. However, I’d been attracted by how the programme leaned quite strongly towards the digital side of things.

Owen Stephens has made good notes of all the talks so I’ll restrict myself to some thoughts on a few of the sessions I found most relevant.

The Killer App for Culture, Bill Thompson

I’ve seen Bill talk a few times and he’s always good value. Here, he was putting digital technology in context, saying that despite talk of a ‘digital age’ the analogue, organic world we live in isn’t about to entirely disappear.

I liked his observation that, with digital technology now so pervasive, we’ve moved to a point where organisations, rather than granting rare access to technology, are now more likely to limit peoples’ access to it – something that ‘may be justified but must be justifiable’.

The killer app for museums? Bill didn’t claim to know but he suggested that it might be Linked Data in all it’s machine-readable, shareable glory. Having such a foundation in place is key to future development. His vision for the future? One might be ‘an ace dataset with a nice museum attached’.

Hacking Arts and Culture, panel

There’s been a spate of hack days taking place over the past year or so. This was a session to introduce the concept to the other delegates and share a little about what has and hasn’t worked.

Linda Ellis from Wolverhampton Arts & Museums said that WAG Hack Day had been a good way to meet local developers outside of the usual tender process. It had enabled them to get feedback on their data and exposure to new ideas.

Rachel Coldicutt showed a video of Culture Hack Day (spot the guys from Made) and explained how these events provide a space for people to collaborate, make things and ‘move more quickly together’. She also had some tips for attracting good developers.

John Coburn’s experience reinforced that of the other panel members. In particular, he said that the Culture Grid Hack Day they ran in Newcastle has proven valuable for starting some new conversations and relationships.

A few people flagged up this (ongoing) conversation on broadening hack days.

Looking to the Future, Mia Ridge

Mia’s presentation complemented Bill’s from earlier in the day. She highlight some case studies that might suggest a way forward. Her slides are here.

Mia has a strong interest in crowdsourced projects and I found myself nodding along when she stated how important it is to show participants the impact of their contributions.

A nod to a few others

Laura Scott from Google talked about their Art Project in an extended version of Amit Sood’s TED talk, the session from the various funding bodies was very useful and everything was kept together in fine style by Nick Poole.

Thanks, then, to the organisers for a thought-provoking day and hello to all the people I met.


Posted in news,projects by Chris Unitt on June 1st, 2011


June’s going well so far – the sunny weather has returned and we’ve just launched a new website!

Vivacity is an independent, not-for-profit organisation with charitable status that manages many of Peterborough’s most popular culture and leisure facilities on behalf of Peterborough City Council. These include the Key Theatre and Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery.

Vivacity Peterborough

Our brief was to relaunch their website, showcasing Peterborough’s cultural and leisure venues as well as the huge number of events, attractions, festivals and workshops that they host.

Carl Timms led the project and said this:

It’s hard to get across just how big this site is. On a broad level we’ve had to ensure that the site’s structure is spot on so it’s easy to navigate and as accessible as possible. There’s been a lot of work on the details too, with some professional copywriting and subtle touches here and there to make discovering the site feel more intuitive.

It’s all powered by Backstage – the CMS that we’ve developed in-house to handle just this kind of site. It’s meant that we’ve been able to deliver the website quickly and with a lot of functionality that could otherwise have been very costly.

Venues and events each have their own pages with the content generated dynamically. Individual event pages (like this one for a Heritage Festival at the end of the month) are packed with key information, directions, relevant news and tastefully integrated social media features. There’s integration with ticketing systems where needed too.

We hope you like it, so please go and have a look at our handiwork at You’ll also find Vivacity on Facebook and Twitter.