There's no better way to end a front-end pow-wow than with a beer on the beach. It's becoming a regular thing. As we edge closer to the sea, who will be the first to go in? Paddle boarding and kayaking after work, anyone?

Last week I told you to watch this space for an exciting new site launch. Turns out that wasn't the only big news this week. If you weren’t watching, here’s what you missed.

Big news is that the brand new dConstruct site went live yesterday and we love it! Thanks to Paddy Donnelly, James Bates and Graham, there’s all kinds of awesomeness in the shape of illustrations, skew transforms, SVGs, animations, and more. Kate has been a busy elf starting event planning and getting ticket sales ready, so now you can buy tickets too.

In other big news, Silverback 3 launched this week. The app has been redesigned and rebuilt from the ground up, starting with discovering what users liked and wanted to change. The Silverback mascot received a makeover too. To celebrate its launch, you can buy the app for half price during the first month of release, which is now! The offer runs until 17th July.

And even more big news: Richard reached his kickstarter goal in less than 48 hours yesterday! Overwhelmed by the speedy response, he is now getting ready to write a handbook for designing beautiful and effective web typography. I can’t wait to read it. Watch this space.

This week it was our turn to host Codebar at 68 Middle Street. It was great to see so many students and coaches turn up. There’s always a shortage of coaches, so if you can be tempted to sign up, you should. It’s always lovely to see people learning from each other and it's hard to leave Codebar without a smile. Jeremy ’s new additions to the lending library were gratefully received—a range of short books by Five Simple Steps, kindly donated to us by them. Beerleft made their first Codebar appearance and they also went down very well.

Clearleft walkers

As I write this, we are preparing to set off on a merry country walk, ending at a pub for beer and dinner—where else would you expect to find us? Happy Friday!