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In all his designs for the conference, he says he has tried to keep to the theme and colours which were used before he became part of the team.

"Because of the lateness of my involvement - I came onboard not long before LCA08 and was straight into designing post cards and posters - I didn't really have time to build a comprehensive image/look and feel before I started, but I've consciously been trying to keep to the theme and colours that we've got on the website, which is mostly based on our postcards with a little bit of the original bid document thrown in.

"My biggest thing was being able to redo our mascot image as an SVG in open source software. The fellow who originally created it left the bid team long before we were awarded the conference and had lost all of the source files. Until I was able to get something else running, we were working with a JPG that had been ripped out of a PDF. It was a fair challenge to recreate our beak-wearing-devil and polish him up whilst still remaining true to the first incarnation."

As far as fresh design goes, Bush says he knocks together a few concepts and picks what feels like it fits best with what else is being done. "For things that aren't obvious, I throw it out to the rest of the team for opinions, but ultimately I've been given creative freedom (within the limitations of what's been achievable so far as print and production stuff goes)."

Having worked with mini-conference organiser Joshua Hesketh in the past on other web projects, he has found it easier to get the backend matching up with the interface design.

"The rest of the LCA09 team has been really supportive of my stuff, which has been great," he says.

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