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This post was written by Kylie Timpani

Email screen with 'Dear Developer' email

A couple of weeks ago, a tweet by Yesenia Perez-Cruz, Senior Designer at Vox Media, caught my eye. Her tweet posed what seemed like a simple question:



Usually, when these sorts of questions are posed on Twitter, there is an overwhelming variety of answers. While the answers varied, the majority who tackled the question proposed that the reason behind the lack of articles was due to the nature of the design/development process being sequential — work moves forwards not backwards. Pointing out that the process from a designer to developer is a linear process does a great job of answering Yesenia’s question… if the question was asked 10 years ago.

Today, I believe the answer is a little more complicated than this. According to the replies, some people, albeit the minority, also agree. These days, the web design process isn’t as linear as it used to be. Roles overlap and an openness to iterate frequently means that deliverables move forwards, backwards, diagonally and sideways during the life cycle of a project. In order to keep up with this, a team must communicate early and continue to communicate often. Essentially, the people in a team team need to work cohesively throughout the duration of the project instead of siloing themselves in their assigned roles.

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By Kylie Timpani on 20 August 2015 17 Comments

Prototyping & Working with Framer


This post was written by Dan Moore

Sketch of two devices

Here at Humaan we find prototyping to be a valuable asset to our everyday skillset, particularly in larger or more unique projects where concepts or ideas need validating, or when certain design elements can be better explained to our clients during a design presentation. It can provide something tangible for the client to play with and get a feel for while they mull over the design mockups being presented. It’s also useful for immediate user testing and gathering feedback before committing to a large development project.

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By Dan Moore on 11 August 2015 No Comments

HTTP/2 and You


This post was written by Dan Barrett

HTTP/2.0 and you

This article gets pretty techy! If that doesn’t sound like your bag, here’s a quick summary: the HTTP network protocol has existed since the early days of the web, and it’s about to be succeeded by HTTP/2 which will make communications between servers and browsers more efficient. It also means we need to change the way we optimise our websites to take advantage of the technology, so we don’t work against it.

The dawn of HTTP/2 is upon us. Since 1999, we’ve been using the Hypertext Transfer Protocol version 1.1 which isn’t particularly efficient. After many years of debating, HTTP/2 (aka HTTP version 2) has been standardised, approved, and is now on its way to a browser near you. Before we see what HTTP/2 brings to the table, we should have a look at how it came to be.

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By Dan Barrett on 28 July 2015 1 Comment

Client Side: The Project Brief


This post was written by Mark Gale


This is the first post in a series we’re calling ‘client side’, a run of posts dealing with the client agency relationship and how to get the most out of a digital project

First up we’re looking at one of the most fundamental but often overlooked aspects of a successful project: the project brief.

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By Mark Gale on 20 July 2015 No Comments

Getting up to speed with Gulp


This post was written by Niaal Holder

Please hold…

In front-end land, it doesn’t take long to feel the cumulative hangover of build lag. I make a change, I want to see it live as fast as possible. If I can make it to the browser and refresh it faster than my build automation can render the changes, it’s officially slow… I’ll double refresh. I’ll assume my changes are wrong. I’ll doubt my changes ever happened. I’ll save them out again, and likely repeat the process.

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By Niaal Holder on 4 June 2015 1 Comment

Welcome Dan Barrett!


This post was written by Humaan

A huge welcome to Dan Barrett our thirteenth Humaan (and second Dan)! Dan is a passionate web developer and mountain bike rider, keen on pushing the web further and experimenting with new technologies. We asked Dan our three questions below.

Dan Barrett

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By Humaan on 18 May 2015 No Comments

You deserve better


This post was written by Niaal Holder

March 19, 2015 marks a rather depressing milestone: it’s your sixth anniversary with Internet Explorer 8. How you’ve survived this tedious relationship to now, well… we just don’t know. However, after much brow-furrowing and informed discussion at the Humaan think tank (read: Christmas party), we feel we have a duty to intervene.

So… It’s time to break up with IE8.

With a global browser share of around 3%, we spend a disproportionate amount of time with IE8. A lot of that time probably involves colourful language and/or fist-shaking. Rarely (if ever) does a modern website survive its grubby clutches, so why do we continue to compromise?

If your interest is sufficiently piqued, hit up our sternly-worded website at for further instructions.


By Niaal Holder on 11 March 2015 No Comments

Welcome Jess


This post was written by Humaan

A big welcome to Jessica Stanley, the newest humaan and our new Project Manager. Jess brings a wealth of experience to the team from her time in Melbourne at a leading branding agency, as well as some of the finest chocolate brownies we’ve tasted. We asked Jess the three questions below.


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By Humaan on 10 February 2015 No Comments

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