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Our website launch checklist

11Jul2016

This post was written by Jay Hollywood

Website Checklist

While possibly the least glamorous part of launching a website, quality assurance is key to the success of any digital project. One of the most useful tools in our QA toolkit is our trusty website checklist, which we use at several stages of a project, covering everything from content and rendering to optimisation and security.

Lately, we’ve discussed our process at a few presentations here in Perth. This checklist has been so useful for us, and our fellow web creatives seem to like it too. So we thought we’d share it with the wider community to help everyone continue making the web better.

http://humaan.com/checklist/

Feel free to use, adapt and repurpose this for your own needs. We’ve intentionally kept it generic so it can be used in a wider range of projects – but you may need to add to it if you’re working on something special.

Happy launching!

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By Jay Hollywood on 11 July 2016 No Comments

Anatomy of a Successful Web Project

04Jul2016

This post was written by Mark Gale

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All successful web projects have one thing in common: a genuine collaboration between agency and client.

Sure, great design and development are a necessity, but these should be a first principle for any professional agency. It is the fit between the client and the agency that underpins a truly unique outcome that exceeds all expectations.

Over the years, we’ve worked with a variety of clients on a broad range of projects. With quality design and build as par for the course, here are the ingredients we’ve found that are common to fruitful collaboration.

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By Mark Gale on 4 July 2016 No Comments

A guide to socialising for the socially awkward

26May2016

This post was written by Lee Karolczak

Meeting people

I’ve always struggled with social interaction. The thought of having to mingle with a room of complete strangers never fails to inspire apprehension.

How the hell do you go up to a stranger and start a meaningful conversation?

So I spent a few years, reading up on social behaviour and the art of networking. You know, the sorts of things titled ‘beginner’s guide’ or ‘book for dummies’. Though they provided valuable points, they always seemed to skip that initial step of greeting a new person. The step I needed most!

I’m apprehensive about talking like an expert on this topic. I am by no means socially adept and like everyone else I have plenty to learn and discover. But I wanted to share the observations from my own personal experiences with other socially awkward devs like me, who struggle with getting to know new people.

Enough of the preamble, what follows is my personal guide to social engagement…

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By Lee Karolczak on 26 May 2016 1 Comment

Refocusing the Modal

19Apr2016

This post was written by Dan Moore

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Plugins and libraries are pretty neat. They can help developers save loads of time on their projects and include features otherwise too difficult or costly to develop – all with great results. They’ve enabled our industry to expand and adapt at a faster rate than ever before.

What sometimes holds back this space, however, is a lack of emphasis on the really important things – namely accessibility and supporting users who require assistive technologies.

We noticed this most in the modal/dialogue window plugin space. Accessible modal plugins were few and far between, and they lacked the right mix of quality, flexibility and aesthetics.

So we set ourselves the challenge: to create a modal plugin that is, first and foremost, accessible at a WCAG2.0 Level AA standard. One we would be proud and happy to use in our own client work and something we could share with the community to further the accessibility cause.

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By Dan Moore on 19 April 2016 3 Comments

Nominated for a Webby!

11Apr2016

This post was written by Humaan

our first webby award nomination

Woohoo! We just got our first Webby award nomination!

Break Up with IE8 has been picked as a nominee in the Social: Weird category. We were thrilled to see so many people join us in dramatically ending a downhill relationship with Internet Explorer 8. And now we’re honoured to be up for an award.

The competition is tough. To be honest, we’re just excited to be counted alongside the likes of ClickHole and Whiskas Catstacam. But if you want to vote for us anyway, well… we’re totally on board with that.

Want to vote for us?

Head over to our nominee listing on The Webby People’s Voice Awards site:
https://pv.webbyawards.com/2016/social/social-content-and-marketing/weird

By Humaan on 11 April 2016 No Comments

LocalStorage is for Fun

07Apr2016

This post was written by Dan Barrett

Cookie Monster eating cookies

In case you’ve been living under a rock, LocalStorage is a JavaScript API that allows you to store content in the browser’s cache and access it later on when you need it. Similar to how cookies work, but you’ve got much more than ~4KB (the maximum size for a cookie). That said, while there’s no size limit for each key/value pair in LocalStorage, you’re restricted to around 5-10 MB for each domain. I say 5-10 MB because as per usual, different browsers have different maximum limits. Classic!

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By Dan Barrett on 7 April 2016 No Comments

The power of good copy (whatever that means)

31Mar2016

This post was written by Sandy Lim

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These days, you can’t roll out of bed without landing on some words. Every marketer, designer, writer and reader should be able to tell you what good copy entails. It feels right, sounds good and delivers results. The end.

Of course, there’s more to it.

And I must admit, I always feel uncomfortable when the subject of good copy comes up. Let me tell you why.

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By Sandy Lim on 31 March 2016 1 Comment

Bigger (square) thumbnails from the Instagram API

21Mar2016

This post was written by Dan Barrett

When Instagram added the ability to upload non-square media images to their service, the only way to get a cropped version of the image from the API was via the thumbnail attribute from the media endpoint. Those familiar with the API would know that Instagram’s thumbnails are served at a rather small size of 150×150 which is alright in some cases, but if you need a larger thumbnail size a 150×150 image scales up very poorly.

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By Dan Barrett on 21 March 2016 No Comments

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