WONDR joined an expert industry panel to share our views on accelerating innovation at WP Engine’s Ignite event in London.

WP Engine welcomed top agencies and brands at the Londoner Hotel to showcase new product features and more specifically to discuss the possibilities of building cutting edge digital products on WP Engine, the world’s most trusted enterprise WordPress platform.

As part of the expert panel we shared insights on how our process has enabled brands such as 11Onze & Irish Heart Foundation to achieve incredible business results as well as being recognised for digital excellence by award programmes across the globe.

WONDR was represented by Director of Product, Peter Delaney, who also shared insights on how we have delivered headless solutions for clients and the opportunities and challenges this has brought. WONDR has developed a design led development process that enables brands to fast track digital transformation programmes.

At the event WONDR were also invited by WP Engine’s Velocitize Magazine to film video interviews sharing our predictions on the future of the industry, digital wallets & of course wordpress.

WP Engine  x  WONDR

WONDR is a trusted partner of WP Engine, the world’s most trusted enterprise WordPress platform that delivers stability, performance & security.

Over 1.5 million sites are now powered by WP Engine with approx 8% of all web users passing through a site using the platform.

Our recent work for 11Onze & Irish Heart Foundation have both been benchmarked by WP Engine as examples of global digital excellence on the platform.

 

As part of Design Week 2022, the Institute of Designers Ireland with support from the Design Crafts Council of Ireland have opened the IDI ReJOYce Exhibition to celebrate the best of Irish Design over the past 50 years.

The exhibition aims to showcase the depth of creativity and far reaching impact that the Irish design industry delivers to businesses across the globe.

A stat highlighted by Minister Humphreys from a Grant Thornton report which commissioned by the Design & Crafts Council Ireland, highlights a turnover of €53 billion across design & craft in the Irish economy.

The exhibition was opened at Two Central Plaza, Dame Street with a speech by the Minister for Social Protection of Ireland, Heather Humphreys. The exhibition plans to raise the profile of Irish design to the general public and will run from the 16th November until 2nd December 2022.

WONDR are featured in the digital design section of the exhibition with our work for clients from across home and abroad which include, 11Onze ‘La Plaça’ (Spain), Likha Aesthetic Clinic (Ireland) and CSSDA WOTY (global).

IDI 50 years on

The exhibition marks the 50th Anniversary of the IDI, who were established in 1972 by a group of passionate designers led by architect Raymond McGrath, who created a community where designers could support each other and encourage development of the design profession.

50 years on, navigating economic highs and lows, that profession is valued at €6bn and the IDI has continued to support designers and their businesses every step of the way.

We are proud to announce that our collaboration with Package Portal has won a global digital award for Best Services & Utilities App.

Web3 pioneers Package Portal won an Arcturus Award for ‘Best Services & Utilities App’ at the 2022 Vega Global Digital Awards.

This year the awards programmes had over 1,000 submissions from 20 countries worldwide. The International Awards Associate (IAA) organised the Vega Digital Awards to celebrate digital excellence worldwide, recognising the very best in Websites, Video, Mobile, Social, Animation, Marketing, and Podcasts.

The judging panel was comprised of 22 highly respected and experienced professional experts from 10 countries, who selected Package portal as a winner.

Pioneers in Web3 Technology

PackagePortal is an app that rewards online shoppers with cryptocurrency for confirming their deliveries and rating the experience. It enables brands and consumers to reconnect at the moment of delivery, with a Web3 platform that tokenizes user feedback for post-purchase engagement.

Shippers and shoppers can provide value to one another while cultivating better service and honest data from delivery partners. The app had around 8 million deliveries scanned and just over 1 million registered users at peak.

Package Portal tasked WONDR with re-designing the app to improve customer experience.

WONDR worked as an extension of our own team. They truly cared about the product and its design as much as we did.

J.G. Whitley Package Portal

Global Recognition

This award is an important recognition for Package Portal which has pushed the boundaries of what is possible with Web3 technology and created a cult following amongst its users.

In addition to this award, Package Portal was a finalist at the prestigious UX Design Awards and published in their annual design journal. The brand is also a finalist for ‘Best App‘ at the IDI Awards 2022 run by the Institute of Designers Ireland.

We’re proud to announce that our collaboration with 11Onze has won a global digital award for excellence.

11Onze‘s universal banking app ‘El Canut’ has won a Centauri Award for Best Financial Services App at the Vega Global Digital Awards.

11Onze’s financial application, which celebrated its first anniversary this month, overcame all obstacles to win a new international award. More than 1,000 applications were received from 20 countries.

This is the second year in a row that 11Onze has collected an award at this programme having previously collected a Centauri Award for La Plaça / The Square and numerous other accolades from international design associations.

"We strongly believe in the democratisation of banking and financial services. That’s why we're delighted to have our technological milestones recognised as pioneering."

James Sène Chairman - 11Onze

A global benchmark

The story behind the launch of El Canut was captured perfectly in a film, that premiered in Barcelona, entitled ‘In a few days. Attempts at sabotage, infiltrators and constant pressure aimed at derailing the birth of 11Onze as a Catalan community fintech.

11Onze-El-Canut-Banking-App

The project, however, dodged the problems, moved forward and now users have in their hands an application that has been recognised across the globe as an award-winning benchmark by the Vega Digital Awards (global), the Webbys (USA), UX Design Awards (Germany), The ADG Laus (Spain) and IDI Awards (Ireland).

About the Vega Digital Awards

The Vega Digital Awards are organised by the International Awards Associate (IAA) and they aim to celebrate digital excellence worldwide, recognising the very best in Websites, Video, Mobile, Social, Animation, Marketing, and Podcasts.

This year the judging panel was comprised of 22 experts from 10 countries. The theme for the 2022 Vega Awards is ‘Transcending Boundaries’ – to go beyond the common and to set ourselves apart.

11Onze is a Barcelona-based fintech that has done nothing but transcend boundaries since its launch, their mission is to empower the financial health and decisions of the Catalan community in Spain and abroad by creating an expansive resource, ‘El Canut‘.

The vision for the app was to offer customers the ability to manage all their bank accounts in one place, no matter what country they reside in. In addition, customers would be able to manage all their payments, transfers, savings and loans from one source – a one-stop-shop banking app.

‘El Canut’ is an old Catalan phrase that means purse. Unlike the old phrase, the product and service of 11Onze and El Canut was radically new for the Spanish and European markets. This was the key design challenge for our team; to design a disruptive banking app to coincide with the launch of a new way of delivering community banking and ‘transcending boundaries’.

Held in the unique Drury Buildings, we hosted our first of a series of events called the Get-Together with WONDR.

The Get-together was an opportunity for our client partners, the WONDR team and friends of the business to ditch the zoom calls for an afternoon and meet face-to-face over drinks & canapés.

It was a welcome opportunity to get to know ‘the faces’ behind the screen and celebrate our recent award wins together.

It’s been a very successful year as we’ve collected 22 awards from some of the world’s most prestigious design award programmes.

Thank you to everyone who attended, the room was full of smiles and the conversations were flowing throughout.

Our next get-together will be better than ever so if you missed this one, make sure to mark your calendar for the next one.

 

Here are a collection of shots from the event 👇🏾

Every year Awwwards hold a conference in an iconic city to bring the global design community together with inspirational talks on trends, new technologies and provocative thoughts to create discussion.

Over two days we heard from designers, developers and digital experts from across the globe who gave fascinating insights on what’s happening next, here are our key takeouts from the event.

3D Web Experiences

3D Web Experiences

To 3D or not 3D? That, as it happens, is a complicated question.

Nothing quite compares to the impact of well crafted 3D experience, be that through video or WebGL. Paired with great content and presented with compelling motion design, 3D has the power to cut through and create genuinely engaging digital experiences. But, they come at a cost.

The additional processing power to serve and run such experiences is coupled with a greater awareness that 3D and motion design are inherently less accessible.

In the same way packaging designers have evolved to consider environmental and user impact, so too should digital designers when considering what creative tools to employ and deploy.

At the same time digital designers are finding access to 3D software, motion graphics and webGL (through ThreeJS etc) is becoming easier and more ‘designer’ friendly. In addition, the spectre of the meta-verse is driving us towards more, not less 3D.

In other words, these forbidden fruits are increasingly reachable. Their demand also seems to be increasing. But just because we can, doesn’t mean we should. As always, the experiences we create must serve the brand and the message, not the latest fad or tools we have to hand.

Expression through motion design

Motion is something that can have a phenomenal impact on any website, creating focus around key areas, not only making it more interactive for the user but giving the brand life and personality to evoke positive emotion.

We like to use motion to draw users attention & provide feedback on their progress where possible, but it’s critical to ensure motion never hinders functionality but adds to the user experience.

Likha Aesthetic Clinic uses subtle motion design to build empathy with the user. This site has been benchmarked by Awwwards for mobile excellence, due to the fact whilst we had used motion design to enhance the experience, it did not affect performance on mobile devices.

Balance between science, data & art

Helping users think and feel by finding the balance between science and art is a topic from the event that really stood out to us as well, as it is something that we are passionate about.

We like combining science, data and creativity to create digital products that deliver for both users and brands alike.

A recent example of this was for the 11Onze El Canut App, where we utilised the latest in artificial intelligence to predict user behaviour on our proposed designs for the launch. We then correlated this data against the results of real user testing with over 1,200 people to validate, refine and ensure we had the right user experience that would deliver for everyone.

11Onze were a good example of a brand willing to be brave, as we released openly via the user test what we were going to launch into the market. We weren’t worried by the competition nor were we afraid to hear what customers would think, in fact we welcomed it and took onboard their feedback to deliver something they wanted.

Do the Unexpected

One of the key themes that really struck a chord with us was being brave by ‘Doing something unexpected’.

We strongly agree with this sentiment and why it’s in our company ethos – Clarity & Bravery.

Bravery is something we bring to every digital product we work on. As we highlighted in the case of 11Onze, you can make brave choices with confidence that they will deliver through the use of science, data & art. We always push our client partners to do what is possible and right for their customers and we try to not allow technology to limit our scope but actually empower it.

So next time you hear the word MVP (minimal viable product), try and substitute it in your mind for MLP (most ❤️ lovable product).

 

📸 Shots from the event

WONDR are proud to announce that 2 of our recent clients are finalists at the Annual Progress Sitefinity Awards.

The Progress Sitefinity Awards jury has finalised their judging process and shortlisted both ESB International & ESB Networks websites as finalists in the Energy & Utilities category.

Public voting along with a panel of experts will determine the winners in the respective categories. The voting will start on April 6th and will close on April 20th. People can vote in just one or more of the listed categories. One thing to keep in mind – only one vote per user will count.

We’d welcome your support by voting for these brands so there is 🇮🇪 Irish representation amongst this years global award winners. Winners will be announced on May 26.

The details on the finalists are as follows:

ESB Networks

Finalist for Best Website in the Energy & Utilities category.

ESB Inter - national

Finalist for Best Website in the Energy & Utilities category.

WONDR are experts in designing for global energy & utility brands. These nominations further validate the reach, quality & impact of our work as we help brands move to smarter & more sustainable energy solutions.

Dermot O'Shea Founder - WONDR

WONDR is proud to announce that it is now a member of ADG-FAD (Asociación de diseñadores gráficos y directores de arte)

The ADG-FAD (Associació de dissenyadors gràfics i directors d’art) are based in Barcelona, Spain and for more than 50 years, its goal has been to promote design and visual communication in Spain’s cultural and economic life.

"We're proud to be part of such a significant association & look forward to contributing to the design community in Barcelona."

Dermot O'Shea Founder - WONDR

11Onze  x  WONDR  x  Barcelona

WONDR’s collaboration with 11Onze, to foster and grow a fintech community, shares similar values with ADG-FAD of empowering the community with insightful knowledge to enable them to develop further.

First-ever Fintech Private Social Network

The WONDR team plan on sharing our knowledge and expertise with the design community in Spain, especially insights on how we collaborated with 11Onze to create ‘First-ever Fintech Private Social Network‘ in Barcelona.

We’re shortlisted for 2 awards at Digital Business Ireland’s – National Digital Awards 2021.

Our own site wondr.io has been shortlisted for Best Professional Services Website, whilst our work for Likha Aesthetic Clinic has also been shortlisted for ‘Best Health, Beauty, Well-Being Website‘.

The awards recognise the very best of digital in Ireland and reward businesses, organisations, people and innovations.

WONDR

WONDR

Best Professional Services Website

Likha Aesthetic Clinic

Likha Aesthetic Clinic

Best Health, Beauty, Well-Being Website
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👏🏼  We’re thankful for being shortlisted and we look forward to the event on the 23rd Feb 2022.

We’re proud to say that both nominated sites have also picked up global awards this year, so we’re 🤞🏽hoping to get some 🇮🇪 Irish recognition too.

We’re always looking to bring innovation to every collaboration that we do through our LAB+ model.

Sometimes we use this model to look at emerging technologies or existing ones that need a transformation and imagine what is possible.

We highlighted the ‘Music Industry’ as an example of a sector that has been digitalised to a point where ‘the soul‘ has been lost.

Recently we purchased a U2 hoodie as part of the ‘All that you can’t leave behind’ 20th anniversary. The customer journey didn’t deliver an exciting end-to-end fan experience. It followed the usual expected e-Commerce journey, no different to purchasing books or electronics online.

It got us thinking that there is a huge opportunity to transform this by creating an immersive experience for bands, teams and sportspeople who have a huge cult following like U2 do.

 

We ran our own internal workshops and came up with the idea ‘U2 By You’.

 

 

We understand the great reach and flexibility digital apps like Spotify bring, however some things have been lost. Our proposition has been designed to bring fans together as a digital community to share experiences, memories, experience exclusive band material and allow them the chance to contribute to a vast neural network of U2 memories from across the globe.

The results of this is an idea that helps to bring a richer experience for loyal fans where they can also watch concerts, listen to the back catalogue, merchandise and tours in a new manner that has never been done before.

We also put together a special landing page where you get a quick overview before downloading the presentation we shared directly with the band themselves, which we received very positive feedback on.

We’re sharing our concept presentation as fans and would love to hear what you think about #U2byYOU on Linkedin or Twitter.