Mainframe Awards 2020 Winners Words

By Charlene Sharp & Hana York - The Mainframe Team
We asked this year's wonderful Mainframe Awards 2020 winners how they felt about being winners and here's what they said. Plus we had a fun day handing over their physical awards and capturing the moment on amazing 360 video!
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Mainframe Awards 2020 Winners!

By Charlene Sharp & Hana York - The Mainframe Team

Derbyshire's digital and creative community came together in a visually stunning hybrid event, livestreamed from QUAD, to celebrate the Mainframe 2020 Awards.

As the region's biggest celebration of local creative talent, Mainframe were determined not to let the events of 2020 curtail highlighting their outstanding community and their creative achievements.

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Make & Trade Christmas Market 2020 (Considerately Curated by Mainframe)

By Mainframe

This year, we are really pleased to announce that we will be holding the Make & Trade Market in Derby Market Place from Friday 18th December - Wednesday 23rd December 2020. Visitors will be welcome between 10am - 4pm daily.

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Human Centred Design Has Never Been More Important

By Darren Wilson
Where to start with 2020?
Well, after two years trying to get a fledgeling business off the ground, the last thing I needed for UXcentric was a mass pandemic. Yet in some ways, it’s been the making of the business. In the face of global change and uncertainty, one thing remained constant - people still have needs and problems that require solutions. In some cases, those problems evolved while others changed radically. UXcentric is here to help and collaborate with businesses to provide innovative and intuitive product experiences. 
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Mainframe Awards 2020 is Back!

By Mainframe
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What a Difference 6 Months Makes!

By Mark Williams

Mark Williams the director of Creative Studios Derby, a specialist Adobe training studio.

At the beginning of March this year Creative Studios had at least 5 months of Adobe training booked in. This included classroom courses here at the studio in Derby, onsite training at various locations around the country, lectures scheduled in for students at various Universities and evening courses prepared for QUAD.

Then it all stopped, face to face training ground to a halt for over 5 months!

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A Life of Spectrums

By Jo Berthelot

Spectrum’ is a well-known word. Some associate it with colours, some with autism. Different spectrums run all throughout our lives, but sometimes we don’t recognise them.

I recently gave a talk on the topic of ‘Spectrum’ at CreativeMornings/Derby, and this article will summarise the thoughts I shared.

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The show must go on...

By Paul Ince

When people use the word 'challenging' to describe 2020, I know they are using that very British of techniques: understatement.

Still, it's better than using 'unprecedented' which has to be the most overused word EVER.

I'm so happy to see venues like QUAD finally reopen after so long. There is something about attending an arts venue that nourishes the soul, even when there is no performance at that moment. The anticipation of drama. The essence of creativity. The feeding of the brain through knowledge.
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Business Support, Surveys and Useful Links..

By Charlene Sharp

Words such as unprecedented, pivot, the new normal, recovery and WFH (working from home) have all become words that have formed part of the everyday vocabulary it seems as we navigate our way through these times due to the effects of the coronavirus.

As the UK begins to slowly ease its way out of lockdown over the coming weeks, we wanted to let you know that you are not alone and we at Mainframe are here to support or signpost you to the relevant help that is required.

Below is a round-up of some of the support/useful information that we have come across and thought might be of use.

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What was, what is and what could be … A COVID19 story

By Tim Elliott

Not for self promotion but just a little context let me start by introducing myself.

I’m Tim, I work as a solo / freelance consultant working with leaders and entrepreneurs to help them apply creativity to grow themselves and their organisations.

A strong 95% of work involves me facilitating groups of people for a day or a few days, in a room … or at least it did.

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