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A DIY GUIDE TO SETTING UP A WEBSITE WITH KARISHMA KUSURKAR & EMMA JOHNSTON

Date: 20/2/21 | Location: Online Event

AIMS

The aim of this event is to help you become knowledgeable in getting started with understanding how to set up your own website DIY style.

We will be covering:

– What is important to include on a website ( information, photographs & copy)

– How to make your website user friendly & accessible

– Practical tips on using different platforms such as Squarespace

– Domain names

– SEO

– Planning content

– Consistency

– Products to display

– Logistics of the backend of selling online through a website

As a creative, it can be hard to know where to start or what to include when creating your own website for your creative business or personal project.

This is a DIY workshop to help you get started on your own. This event will help you understand how to design the website you want, the tools on how to create it and a clearer understanding of how to navigate the different platforms available.

OVERVIEW

The workshop will be split into two sections. The first part of the workshop will be facilitated by Karishma Kusurkar who will be giving us practical tools on how to create a website and using Squarespace as an example of how to use it.

The second half of the workshop will be led by Emma Jackson of Hunter Paper Co, who will be giving us a presentation of how she built her own business and website herself.

WHO IS THIS FOR?

This event is for anyone that is looking to set up a website for their creative business.

Whether you already have a website and are looking for tips to navigate the platforms or update your current website, or you are someone just starting out and needing a push to get started, this is for you.

This event will be recorded for educational purposes.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS HERE 

FACILITATORS

Emma Johnston of Hunter Paper Co 

“Hi! I’m Emma, the designer and founder behind Hunter Paper Co, a luxury greetings card & stationery brand based in Belfast. We fuse modern design with traditional letterpress printing methods to create beautiful stationery that brings people together. Since 2016 we have grown significantly and currently supply independent shops across the UK, Europe, USA & Australia as well as a number of major retailers within the UK. We print everything in our range in-house on our 1960’s Heidelberg printing presses. Letterpress is a centuries-old technique in which ink is applied to a raised design and then pressed into the paper leaving a beautiful embossed impression on the page.

In 2020 I also established Hunt & Gather, an online stationery shop stocking some of the best stationery brands from across the world alongside the entire Hunter Paper Co range. Hunt & Gather has got off to a great start, and we’re constantly growing, working on expanding, adding new brands regularly and hoping to open a physical retail unit post-pandemic!”

Instagram – @hunterpaperco @huntandgatherbelfast

 

Karishma Kusurkar of Belfast Design Week & Small Town Big Dreams Podcast

“I’m a multidisciplinary designer based in Belfast who works within the spheres of design, facilitation and podcasts.   I’m a collaborator and co-founder on projects including the Small Town Big Dreams podcast and Belfast Design Week. Some of my recent work has included the Pop-Up Design Museum at Belfast Design Week 2020, an augmented photography project called Pause, innovation and design thinking workshops and I am currently co-developing an exciting new project releasing later this year (watch this space!).”

Instagram: @karishmasworld  @belfastdesignwk @stbdpodcast

Website: www.karishmasworld.com

#blickstudios on
@whatsonmyblock_ is now live and you can visit it on whatsonmyblock.com (link in their bio!) 

My Block celebrates and showcases independent businesses & culture and is supported by @weareinnovateuk

There are over 100 Belfast businesses already on the platform and they are looking forward to including more from the rest of NI too in the coming months. If this platform sounds up your street, get in touch! 

This special short film by Simon Mills captures 3 great independent businesses in Belfast: American Madness (Vintage & Fashion), Murphy & Bailey (Pet Store & Coffees) & FRUIT Shop (Food & Culture) They were  warm, friendly and invited the My Block team in to their spaces so they could find out more about their businesses. 

They hope over the coming months to feature a wide range of businesses!

Thanks to Simon for this beautiful film. 

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Dani, one of our lovely residents @doneanddusteddesign working away in our cosy Cotton Court Studios this morning ☀️
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As a small local business, impacted like so many others over the last year. So we are really excited to have been working on this project with @belfastdesignwk celebrate and champion local independent businesses. 

@whatsonmyblock_ is a curated online platform that aims to increase awareness of and encourage people to support local independent businesses.

If you run a small business and would like to feature email myblock@belfastdesignweek.com
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A DIY GUIDE ON SALES & SELLING

WED 5th MAY

6.30 - 8.00pm

This workshop will be facilitated by Emma Johnston of @hunterpaperco  and Lisa Smyth of @shesaid_design . Two women from different creative business backgrounds, with very different business models sharing their story and offering advice and guidance on how they generate sales within their business followed by a Q&A session at the end.

What we will be covering:

Getting your business in front of potential customers

How to present yourself & business

How to sell your business products/services

Techniques on building confidence

Communication as a business

Navigating money & payment

Building relationships with clients

Sign up the link in our bio
Creatives During Coronavirus One Year On, Upcoming Sales & Selling Workshop & Private Studio Space
CREATIVES DURING CORONAVIRUS: ONE YEAR ON 

Join us online with @theblackboxbelfast  next Monday 26th April at 8pm for “Creatives During Coronavirus: One Year On” with a selection of our fabulous guests from 2020!

During the summer of 2020, the team behind the Small Town Big Dreams podcast made a 4-part audio documentary called The World Turned Upside Down, profiling how creative entrepreneurs from across the creative industries had been impacted by the first unimaginable months of the Covid-19 lockdown in Northern Ireland.

One year on from the start of the pandemic, Small Town Big Dreams returns with an online event to catch-up with some of those who participated in the documentary, and to see how they now feel about the experiences of the past year, and what they are hoping for in the months and years ahead.

Join podcast hosts Karishma Kusurkar and Graeme Watson for what will be a fascinating discussion about the creative industries as we move in to a ‘new normal’, featuring special guests:
– Patricia McGinnis ( Maven - @wearemaven_) 
– Shannon Delores O’Neill ( Sister Ghost
/ Girls Rock School Northern Ireland - @sister_ghost) 
– Tessa Ann ( Sound Healing Spa)
– Ryan Ward ( Take Two Studio @taketwostudio) 

Small Town Big Dreams is a podcast and podcast channel produced by Blick Shared Studios, and is available on all good podcast apps. For more information, visit the website here: www.smalltownbigdreams.co.uk

This event is generously supported by the @theblackboxbelfast

Running time: 50 mins interview + 20 mins Q&A with audience via Zoom

The event is free, but register online at the Black Box website to attend details on the events and workshops section of our website
Blue skies and spring sunshine transforming the Cathedral Quarter this morning
Lovely to have the main room in our Malone studios back in use with @creatingaspace doing some filming
Upcoming Free Workshops on LinkedIn and Social Media Marketing
Perfect Easter holiday weather in the Cathedral Quarter today. Lovely spring flowers 💐 as well
LinkedIn is a really important platform for building your network and promoting your business as a creative entrepreneurs. LinkedIn has over 700 million members in over 200 countries and offers great potential for securing work, building your network and collaborating. Our next @womenfolk.co event is next Wednesday evening from 6.30 - 8.00pm and is free to attend and facilitated by  Emma Gribben of Digital By Emma and Alchemy Digital Training 

Emma is a digital marketing consultant, mentor and trainer working with start-ups, SMEs, brands and agencies across NI, ROI, UK and Europe. Emma offers solutions across digital strategy, website performance enhancement, social media, content marketing, SEO, email marketing, online PR and influencer marketing.

Emma has helped global businesses achieve impressive returns on digital marketing, including spectacular growth in website visitors (200%), in-unit sales (186%), revenue (97%) and e-commerce conversion (67%).

As a training partner to Google and Facebook across the Google Squared Online, Google Digital Academy and Google Digital Garage programmes as well as the Facebook Digital Skills Training programme, Emma has insights into the latest digital trends, platforms and activities to continually give businesses a competitive edge. 

Emma’s training clients include global brands Aer Lingus, Pandora, Vodafone and Electrolux as well as Arts Council of Ireland, Bank of Ireland, Ulster Bank, Belfast Telegraph and Monaghan Mushrooms closer to home. 

Sign up for your free ticket now (link.in bio) 

https://www.blickstudios.org/events/a-diy-guide-on-linkedin/
Next in our series of @womenfolk.co Dig Deep events is 'A DIY Guide on Writing for Your Business' on Sat 3rd April from 10.00am - 11.00am with @quillincni

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The aim of this event is to help you gain knowledge of how to create written content for your business and learning how to incorporate content creation into your working life. Heather will be sharing important tips on how to write content for your website and covering the importance of finding your voice in the content you create.

https://www.blickstudios.org/events/a-diy-guide-on-writing-for-your-business-with-heather-mcgarrigle/
Happy Monday it's officially spring, lighter mornings and evenings are coming
*** Small Town Big Dreams Guide to DIY Podcasting ***

Date: 27/3/21 

Time: 10.00 - 11.30am 

Location: Online

Have you been dreaming of starting your own podcast? Are you a beginner looking for tips from those who know? Join @stbdpodcast for this special event as part of the @nerve_centre Spring Into The Creative Industries Programme.

In this event they will catch up with experienced producers and presenters in the Northern Irish podcasting world to get some behind-the-scenes insights on ideas, and advice on making and sharing a podcast from home with minimal gear.

The session will be hosted by Small Town Big Dreams @karishmakusurkar who will be joined by guests Jeananne Craig (All Change Please), Andi Jarvis (Strategy Sessions) & Graeme Watson (Small Town Big Dreams & Inside John Patrick Higgins).

Link to book a ticket in our bio
Spring is in the air. Gorgeous seasonal flowers and colours in the Cathedral Quarter on a beautiful sunny spring morning
Workspace plants & cosy corners

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We are delighted to be part of the @nerve_centre  Spring Into the Creative Industries Programme with 'A Time is Now' panel discussion on diversity in the creative industries for at 6.30pm next Monday for International Women's Day.

 The Time is Now is a collaborative project by Blick Shared Studios and @creatingaspace focusing on honest and meaningful conversations between early stage creative entrepreneurs. This event is produced in collaboration with @womenfolk.co @belfastdesignwk  and hosted by @nerve_centre

EVENT DETAILS

A vibrant and timely discussion on the urgent need for greater diversity in the creative industries in Northern Ireland.
Join our panel of female creatives and innovators on International Women’s Day as they bring a wealth of life and professional experience to this vital conversation about diversity in the creative industries.

Hosted by Esther Mogada from Creating A Space, this event will see Emily Searle, Sorcha Ní Cheallaigh and Margaret Watiri share their perspectives on the current make-up of the creative sector in Northern Ireland and their ideas on how we can improve diversity within these industries.

This issue is long-standing in the creative industries, and is reflected in the visible absence of a diversity of gender, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation and socio-economic backgrounds among leadership roles in particular.

The creative industries are vital to the Northern Irish economy. As the sector we rely on to create and sell us ideas, content and products, diversity is arguably most important here so that we can understand and create things of value that reflect society as a whole.

https://www.blickstudios.org/events/the-time-is-now-diversity-in-the-creative-industries-panel/
Next in our series of @womenfolk.co Dig Deep events is 'A DIY Guide on Instagram' on Sat 13th March from 10.00am - 12.00pm featuring the lovely @laurentaylorcreates and our own Blick resident @dannisimpsonart

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The aim of this event is to help you gain knowledge of how to build a brand or business on Instagram through hearing the story & journey of Lauren Taylor and Danni Simpson. They will be sharing their insights on how they have built their business, how they have built their brand and how they navigate growing their audience and business on Instagram.

https://www.blickstudios.org/events/a-diy-guide-to-instagram-with-lauren-taylor-danni-simpson/
Next in our series of @womenfolk.co Dig Deep events is 'A DIY Guide on Photographing Your Work' next Wed evening 6.30 - 7.30pm full details below

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We understand how hard it can be to know the basics of photography and we wanted to create a workshop that covered the basics and that you can walk away with tips and tools that you can implement straight away. 

We will be covering: 

-Basics of photography - creating a strong focal point, using exposure and white balance to get your images right, working with natural light

-Telling a visual story with your images 

-Different types of set up - plain backdrop, editorial styling and flat lay. 

-Editing your images - using software to improve your photos

-Images for print and web use 

- Backing up and storing your image catalogue

Get your ticket at 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-diy-guide-on-photographing-your-work-with-carrie-davenport-tickets-141958777525?keep_tld=1
Blue Skies. Spring is definitely in the air. What a lovely start to the week
The tiniest bit of spring in the air in the Cathedral Quarter this afternoon. Fingers crossed things are starting to look up and these streets will be busy with people again in the not too distant future!