In 2016 Belfast played host to its first ever WordCamp. The two day event in Queens University campus was a sell out, a great success for all the organisers, speakers and sponsors. Both days were packed with informative talks and workshops as well as many WordCamp firsts such as craft beer and Game Of Thrones features.
Sam joined the WordCamp organising team in the early stages – from conception to execution Sam worked with team members to create the fantastic success that WordCamp Belfast became.
As passionate users, and long time fans of WordPress, WordCamp Belfast was important to us. It offered 1440 the chance to contribute something, in our own small way, to this incredible open source platform. So as well as having staff volunteer as event organisers we wanted to take on the design and management of branding the event and the creation of its printed materials.
When designing the visual identity for WordCamp Belfast we wanted to bring to life some of the landmarks that are unique to Belfast. The logo features the Titanic Exhibition Center, the Harland and Wolff crane, City Hall and the Albert Clock.
The visual identity would be present across a range of media from the website to the lanyard attendees would wear on the day. It would play a vital role in ensuring this first time event presented itself as professional and well organised as well as reflecting the unique character of Belfast.
Wapuu of the North
As well as the event logo, every WordCamp is responsible for creating it’s own Wapuu mascot character. We decided that while the WordCamp logo was very much focussed on Belfast we wanted the Wapuu to reflect the wider Northern Ireland. As Northern Ireland is well known for its many Game of Thrones filming locations we decided to base our Wapuu on the Game Of Thrones theme. Thus Wapuu of the North was born, complete with cloak, shield and sword as well as the famous hexagon stone from the Giant’s Causeway.
Wapuu of the North also featured on the first ever WordCamp beer, “Wapuu’s Belfast Brew”, which was created in collaboration with our friends at BrewBot bar on Belfast’s Ormeau Road.
We can’t wait for the return of WordCamp Belfast next year, it is clear that the passion for WordPress in Belfast is certainly alive and can only continue to grow.
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