I’ve lived in Southwest Michigan for all of my life (except for that year(+)long stint in Florida and almost a year in Tennessee) and would say that I am aware of a number of different organizations/events/people in this area. However, I would consider myself to be a newcomer to the area as a designer, and I’ve had a rough time finding others like me. As a result of my search, I’ve noticed a lack of cohesion in the design community–actually I’ve noticed a lack of a design community.
I’m certainly not implying that designers do not exist in this community, just that they’re not organized. In particular, I want to know who my local competition, or help, is and I want to work with them to create a better web in our area.
I want to announce, on here, that I have officially launched the Web Professionals Group of Southwest Michigan.
The Web Professionals Group of Southwest Michigan will be organized with the purpose of connecting web professionals to one another, as well as connecting them to potential employers/clients; also, the potential exists for this to serve as a resource for employers/clients to find web professionals.
But what is the group right now? It is an idea. An idea that needs a vehicle, a community, and a lot of planning in order to develop and thrive in a way that will benefit Southwest Michigan.