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Reasons To

Our highlights from Reasons To Be Creative

9th October, 2015

It’s almost a month since we headed over to Brighton for the annual Reasons To Be Creative conference. Every year the very best international creative and developer speakers take to the stage to wow, inspire, inform, entertain, thrill, teach and mix with web designers and coders that attend from all over the world. One month on, we’ve been reflecting on the highlights from this year’s event that have stayed with us left us inspired for the winter months ahead.

If the unlimited free Redbull or the crazy opening titles weren't enough to blow our minds, then the abundance of brilliant speakers absolutely did.

BBC UX&D handbook

BBC extends its relationship with magneticNorth

8th September, 2015

We’re delighted to announce that we have now officially formed two new partnerships as part of our role on the BBC User Experience and Design Roster.

In addition to our work with the BBC Sport and BBC Live teams, this means that our relationship now also includes:

BBC Red Button – This team are responsible for delivering both the connected TV experience and the broadcast Red Button service across the BBC.

Content Discovery – Spanning the whole of BBC Digital, this team helps audiences get the most from the BBC - using features such as the homepage and search.

mN is one of six companies on the BBC’s UX&D Roster.

Tom Hackett, our Head of Client Services, had a few words to say about this great news:

"We've had a fantastic last 12 months working with BBC Sport and BBC Live. It's a credit to the UX and Design team here at mN that we’ve been given the opportunity to extend our relationship with the BBC in this way and we’re all looking forward to working together over the coming year."

EU app challenge

#EULife App Challenge introduction

21st August, 2015

On the 10th of September we will be opening our doors to the best of Manchester’s dev talent, excited to take part in the #EULife App Challenge - with a £15,000 prize fund.

We will be visited by the App Challenge team, who will be presenting a taster session at the mN studio. Following an introduction to the challenge with an opportunity for questions, there will be a chance for everyone to chat over drinks and nibbles about potential collaborations and anything else tech.

If you fancy coming along, register for your free tickets here. The event will run from 6pm until 8pm, followed by optional post meet-up drinks at a nearby pub. We hope to see you there!

Paths of Desire

'Paths of Desire': a design research project with Lancaster University

12th August, 2015

This month has seen us begin a fascinating new project in collaboration with the Creative Exchange (CX) team at Lancaster University. ‘Paths of Desire’ is a design research project that will explore the role of cartography (the study and practice of map-making) in the digital age. 

Alongside the core CX partners – Lancaster University, Newcastle University and the Royal College of Art – a team of PhD researchers are working together on some intensive co-creation and design research. We were thrilled when the CX research team at Lancaster University asked us to join the ‘Paths of Desire’ project as creative industry partners.  

The project was created to challenge conventions around digital cartography with the partners particularly keen to explore ways of encouraging city dwellers to stray from their normal paths and, as a result, discover ‘hidden gems’ within the city.