Web studio

Need help with your web site? Want to learn more about web design and development?

The Web Studio is a buffet of personal consultation, study materials and test devices at an actual physical location you can visit, run by two helpful guys, Jon Fabritius and Oliver Manner. We’ve worked and taught at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, and at our own businesses since the days of NCSA Mosaic. We have open doors, free coffee, selected learning materials and a bunch of contemporary devices for testing your web projects on. We provide assistance and organize events to help you learn more.

We welcome anyone at Aalto University doing something on the web, regardless of experience. Students, researchers and staff are all welcome to get feedback and ideas for their projects. Students wanting to learn more about web design and development can freely hang around as much as they want, especially as we have books that are considered essentials available for reading on-site.

Free Consultation

Pop in, grab coffee* and hang out on our sofa. Sound off your ideas, questions, worries and needs- we’re happy to help you out with what we know, and to connect you to greater minds for what we don’t. Contact us to set up a meeting, or drop in if you’re in the neighborhood. Mondays, wednesdays and fridays are your best bet.

Test Devices

Even the simplest designs are hard to get right on all platforms. Does your site work great on an Android tablet? What about the old computer at the library running Windows XP and IE 6? Ubuntu? Can Windows Phone users use your new shiny web thingy?

If you don’t know, you test. And that’s why we have a selection of these platforms at hand. Phones, tablets and different vintages of desktop operating systems in convenient spot. Book a time, bring your (small) team and hunker down for a few hours to test and tweak.

We keep a keen eye on new gadgets, but usually go for devices which have proven themselves in the marketplace to some extent. And we are about to refresh our aging selection with a few new models, so feel free to suggest an addition.

Events

Every once in a while we spend some quality monday evening time showing new things, teaching old tricks or inviting interesting speakers to share their stuff. Right now we’re running a series called Web Essentials, for people with 0 to some knowledge of the Web.

Great Books and a Reading Spot

We have a bookshelf full of books on user experience, interaction design, information design, web development and related things. They never leave the Media Factory, so they’re always there for you- we’ve set up a nice, hidden reading spot for your reading pleasure and you’re invited.

See our book list

 

Why?

We’re in awe of the great studios at the School of Art and Design. The wood, metal, plastic, textile, glass, ceramic, film, TV, sound, theatre and other studios have excelled in combining great personal tutoring with great resources, to teach people about materials.

Today, software is the central raw material of everyday products, and we often see people come up with cool ideas and concepts, but then stall when things get more technical, or challenging to design. To overcome that, we want to provide a warm, cozy context to help push web projects forward, by doing what we can, and then connecting you to people wiser than us. At the same time, we get to learn and stay up-to-date ourselves, in a rapidly evolving world.