There were many breakthrough moments that transitioned me to the Humaan I am today and I widely credit those wins to a skill-set I acquired from an unlikely source. It wasn’t a web conference I attended or internal review, it was theatre. I want to tell you the story of how I first discovered theatre, what I learnt from the experience and how it has affected my career in web.
Another year, another Web Directions down. Seven of the Humaans attended this year, along with a wider Perth crowd who successfully Perthed the pants off Sydney and Web Directions in general.
It was a great two days with John Allsopp and Rosemary Allsopp (and team) organising a top quality, diverse and friendly conference which included speakers of a very high calibre, a family friendly opening night of vintage theme park fun, excellent catering, much needed good coffee and an after party that allowed us all to mix with the wider WD15 crowd and interact with the speakers.
We’re incredibly proud to have taken out the Small Business category for the 2015 Australian Web Awards national event on Friday night, for our work on Boat Equity! This was a particularly big year with lots of great entries across the country at a very high standard. Congratulations to all other winners and nominees on the night.
This marks our 6th win nationally across 5 categories in the five years since Humaan was established, read more about our recent success at Campaign Brief.
Coming from a developed country, I take the internet for granted. For good or bad my life basically depends upon it. The lifestyle and profession I have chosen rely heavily on the internet and the connectivity it provides. I do my banking online, I chat with friends, I watch videos, listen to music, shop… and the list goes on.
It amazes me that it’s estimated over half of the world either do not have or do not use the internet.
Despite this, global internet connectivity is slowly rising. Developing countries are putting more resources into the infrastructure required for internet connectivity. Each day more of the world’s population is getting the opportunity to access similar content to what I do.
However, there is one looming issue that comes with the spread of internet connectivity: the language barrier.
It is estimated that over half of the web’s content is in English. When you compare this to the estimated 5% of English-speaking people in the world this is quite an alarming statistic. It means that there is a significant amount of internet users that cannot read the web content they are connected to.
Imagine the difficulties you would face if your online banking or music services were only available in a language you couldn’t read or understand. This is true for a large proportion of web users, and their experience is highly impacted.
Thankfully we have the ability to develop multilingual websites. Of course developing a multilingual website is dependent on a number of factors (time, budget and other considerations) but for any website with diverse audience groups it would be highly encouraged.
In recent years Humaan have had the pleasure to work with some amazing international clients. Their multilingual website projects have given us the opportunity to be exposed to diverse language and culture and exposed a number of items to consider when building a multilingual website which include the technical, cultural and content-related aspects.
These projects weren’t without their challenges, and given our experience we thought we’d share a few things we’ve learnt a long the way.
Following the success of the last two years, the Humaans were very honoured to pick up a total of six awards in the state Australian Web Awards for 2015.
Winners included our work with dusk for their massively overhauled digital presence in the eCommerce category, Chinese Kung Fu & Tai Chi and Boat Equity in Small Business, Eon Fleet in Commercial, Ironbark in Startup and the 2015 PUBLIC website in the Not for Profit category.
A very high standard this year which is a testament to the great work coming out of WA, congrats to all of the other winners. Fingers crossed for the National awards next month!
This is a post about my first year at Humaan, the up and downs, some of the challenges and the things I’ve learnt along the way. It’s a personal post of sorts, I wanted to share a different perspective of working in this great industry and perhaps touch on subjects I believe we don’t talk about enough.
Throughout the lifespan of a project we believe there are two fundamental goals needed to be successful:
A quality outcome that achieves the objectives set out and a happy client. One does not necessarily guarantee the other.
There are a handful of things you can do to keep your client happy throughout the process and these are not just designing a mind blowing website.
Who reads them anyway, right?
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