It’s official, we’re finalists for three awards at the 27th annual Spider Awards.

Our partnerships with LUMA Vision and Org have been named finalists, as well as WONDR in the Best Small Agency category.

The Spider Awards recognise excellence in website design and development, so it’s an honour to be recognised among the top contenders in our field.

Best Website

This is Org.

We’re finalists in the category of ‘Best Website – Large Company‘ for our recent collaboration with Org, part of Morgan McKinley Group.

The new website was one of the key outputs from a more comprehensive strategic brand review exercise done in collaboration with Ringers, resulting in a new positioning and brand identity.

We delivered a new website to support their plans to humanise their brand, echoing the mantra “More. Human. Please.

Best Brand

LUMA Vision.

We’re finalists in the category of ‘Best Brand‘ for our recent collaboration with LUMA Vision, formerly One Projects.

We are proud to have collaborated on the creation & launch of LUMA Vision – the future of cardiac imaging. The re-brand included an updated website that aligns with LUMA Vision’s mission, engages stakeholders and improves user experience.

The future has never looked brighter for LUMA Vision armed with a new and captivating brand identity that sets them apart in the market and propels them towards a future of unprecedented success.

Best Agency

Best Agency

WONDR – A Digital Product Practice

We’re finalists in the ‘Best Small Agency‘ category. This award recognises the top agencies that have consistently delivered outstanding work across a variety of projects and clients.

At WONDR, we pride ourselves on our ability to work with a diverse range of clients and deliver results that matter for digital business owners.

This recognition is a testament to the dedication and expertise of our team, as well as the trust our clients have placed in us.

Dermot O'Shea Founder
WONDR

We look forward to March 1st when the winners will be revealed at a gala awards ceremony, at the Mansion House in Dublin.

WONDR has secured an impressive six finalist nominations across five distinct categories at this year’s highly anticipated Digital Business Ireland (DBI) Awards.

The National Digital Awards platform awards the very best and brightest in digital and online enterprise; rewarding businesses, innovators, organisations and people who have showcased exceptional digital prowess. This recognition underscores WONDR’s relentless commitment to pushing the boundaries of digital excellence and redefining industry standards.

LUMA Vision

Our partnership with LUMA Vision creating a new brand and digital home strategically positioning LUMA Vision for a transformative era of success and growth, has been names finalist in two categories; New Website of the Year & Electrical, Technology Website of the Year.

This is Org

WONDR’s collaboration with Ringer’s Creative on Org‘s new digital home has earned three finalist nominations in the categories; New Website of the Year, Professional Services Website of the Year & Most Trusted Website of the Year.

DCCI

Our collaboration with The Design and Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCI) on their new digital platform is a finalist for Website of the Year (Not-for-Profit).

 

About DBI Awards

With over 550 entries across 21 categories, the finalist list is packed full of renowned brands, as well as a whole host of ambitious, dynamic digital leaders.

The DBI’s independent judging panel consists of representatives from leading Irish and global companies such as Microsoft, Trustpilot, DHL, and Byrne Wallace, assigned to the task of selecting five finalists across the various categories.

The Winners are set to be revealed at an Awards luncheon on February 23rd 2024.

For the second consecutive year, WONDR has been listed in the ‘Top 10 Global Agencies’

Once the main award programme concludes, the Vega Digital Awards select their top ten participating agencies for the honours of being listed in the ‘Top 10 Leading Global Agencies‘.

This list is to highlight the years ‘Pillars of Digital Creation’ to be crowned the best among their contemporaries, showcasing companies that embody the very essence of excellence, culminating from creativity, strategy and expertise.

"Being recognised as one of the Top Leading Agencies across the globe is a true honour and we are proud to be delivering design excellence for brands worldwide"

Dermot O'Shea Founder & MD - WONDR

WONDR has been named #6 in the 2023 Top 20 Leading Agencies, progressing from #10 last year. The Top Leading Agency listing is further recognition for WONDR and follows on from our 5 wins at this year’s programme.

 

This year we collected awards for:

It is the third year in a row that WONDR has won multiple awards at the Vega Digital Awards for clients across the energy, banking, fintech, utilities, finance, eCommerce, web 3 & insurance sectors, making our total award count 55.

Vanguards of the Digital Space

This year the Vega Statuette has been upgraded to honour the “Vanguards of the Digital Space”

Stoic and prepared, the Vega statuettes exude the very essence of what it takes to be a frontrunner in a digital age. The statuette depicts the figure of a warrior, who’s postured upright with their shield up, ready to take on whatever comes their way.

The statuette’s face is indiscernible under their helmet, signifying how those who go further do not always do so to seek glory.

“With all the noise that riddles the digital universe, salient talents will shine brightest, much like the stars.”

Vega Digital Awards

About the Vega Awards

The Vega Digital Global Awards highlight the vital role of digital pioneers in an ever-changing digital landscape. Organised by the International Awards Association (IAA), the Vega Digital Awards is an Adobe Authorised Affiliate.

This year’s programme had over 1,200 submissions from 22 countries, with a judging panel comprised of over 25 industry experts from around the globe. Clearly demonstrating the influence and reach the awards have in its mission of honouring excellence in the digital industry.

WONDR were a sponsor at DE{CODE}, WP Engine’s Virtual Developer Conference, which took place on 23/24 March 2023.

Over 4,000 attendees from across the globe comprised of developers, designers, marketers, and other tech enthusiasts attended the event to learn about the latest trends and technologies in the WordPress ecosystem.

Here’s our takeouts from the event:

 

Technology is shaping the power dynamics

One of the most discussed topics at the conference was ‘how technology has shaped the power dynamics between designers, developers, and marketers’. Speakers shared insights into how these roles have evolved over time, and how they are now collaborating more closely than ever before to create successful websites and digital experiences.

WordPress’s latest advancements in low-code/no-code solutions through the WordPress Block Editor and Full Site Editing provide endless possibilities for our clients. We use this for many of our client deliveries as it allows for a faster development cycle and enables many different resources to contribute to the project at the same time, especially as you move into content editorialisation & UAT.

We have built up a vast library of re-usable, open-source components that significantly speed up development and allow our team and clients to have greater insight into rapid branding and content editorialisation. We’re thrilled to leverage these capabilities to deliver even more innovative and effective digital products for our clients.

On average, a consumer makes 19 online transactions per year.

WP Engine DE{CODE} 2023

Maximizing Conversions to drive revenue

A key topic we passionately agree with it is how to increase revenue by simplifying payment processes, using smart reporting, and optimising websites for better performance.

  • On average, a consumer makes 19 online transactions per year.
  • Although standard credit cards may be the most user-friendly way to shop online, it could be beneficial to offer multiple payment methods in order to address the high percentage (70%) of online cart abandonment and to simplify the overall checkout process.
  • Offering multiple payment methods can address high cart abandonment rates and make the checkout process easier.

Simplifying the cart system and minimising distractions can also help increase conversions by minimising distractions. Streamlining the checkout process, including payment options, can lead to a better user experience and reduce cart abandonment.

Going Headless

We were particularly interested in the headless WordPress discussions at the conference. Separating the back-end and front-end of a website with this approach offers numerous benefits, including superior flexibility, scalability, and performance. 

For developers focused on headless builds, an Atlas Sandbox account, Atlas Blueprints, and Faust.js all provide excellent opportunities for exploring the possibilities of headless WordPress. Using Frost and Genesis, builders that encapsulate Block Editor or Full Site Editing tools to support any project workflow, including patterns, themes, and custom blocks is small all the way up to enterprise solutions

We’re always looking for new ways to improve our workflows, and headless WordPress offers us a wealth of opportunities. We’ve delivered headless WordPress experience with tools like Atlas Sandbox account, Atlas Blueprints, and Faust.js, which provide an excellent starting point for developers focused on headless builds.

We discussed this topic in more detail as part of an expert panel at WP Engine’s Ignite event.

 

Robust Privacy & Security

The changing privacy landscape and its impact on websites was also a key topic at DE{CODE}. With updated regulations and user expectations, it is more important than ever for websites to prioritise privacy and security. 

Speakers discussed best practices for protecting user data and shared insights on how to comply with privacy regulations.

We find WP Engine to be a very robust and secure platform that we’ve successfully used for large fintech & insurance clients where security is paramount. Coupled with partners like Cloudflare we find WP Engine to provide excellent support and reassurance to any clients looking at it as alternative to other providers.

 

For more on the latest trends and technologies discussed at DE{CODE}, view here.

Marilese is a great addition to the WONDR team fitting right into our culture of driven professionals who are passionate about the power of design.

She has worked in South Africa, the Netherlands and our lucky isle of Ireland. With expertise in client relationships, partnership roll-outs, and process elevation, Marilese is always looking at the bigger picture & we believe she will help WONDR continue on an upward trajectory in our recent successes.

"I think the most important aspect of design is its ability to communicate a message effectively, evoke emotions and create a memorable experience for users."

Marilese Havenga Account Director - WONDR

Marilese continued … “Design has the power to convey a brand’s values, tone, and personality. Good design can make a brand stand out in a crowded market, and it can help build trust and credibility with potential customers. “

Creating a Customer-Centric Culture

At WONDR we believe a positive and inclusive work environment not only makes employees feel valued and appreciated but also translates into better client relationships and higher-quality work.

When everyone is working towards the same goals and values, it creates a sense of unity and purpose that can drive success for the whole team.

I liked the idea of working at a company like WONDR where there is collaboration and passion in every project created, a talented team with a strong camaraderie when each person has a voice that can make a positive impact.

Marilese Havenga
Account Director - WONDR

The Art of Customer Excellence

We are committed to providing top-quality digital solutions for all of WONDR’s clients. Building and maintaining strong relationships with clients is crucial to our success. We build strong relationships through collaboration.

Our clients are experts in their industry, and we value their input and insights throughout the design process. By working together, we are able to create a product that not only meets their needs, but also exceeds their expectations.

We also understand that our clients’ needs and goals may change over time, and we strive to be flexible and adaptable to these changes. This means being proactive in our communication and being willing to make adjustments as needed.

“I believe in taking the time to understand a client's needs, goals, and challenges so that we can create a solution that not only meets their expectations but exceeds them.”

Marilese Havenga Account Director - WONDR

Marilese added…”Communication is also key – I make sure to keep clients informed throughout the project and encourage them to provide feedback so that we can make any necessary adjustments.”

At WONDR,  we believe that our success is directly tied to the success of our clients. By focusing on building strong client relationships and delivering high-quality design solutions, we are able to help our clients achieve their goals and stand out in a crowded digital marketplace.

With Marilese’s wealth of experience and commitment to creating top-quality solutions for our clients, we know that she will be a valuable asset to our team.

WONDR were guest speakers on the latest video series by Velocitize Magazine.

In the latest episode of Velocitize Talks, our very own Peter Delaney (Director of Product & Technology – WONDR) shares his thoughts on emerging trends in fintech, blockchain and e-commerce.

 

Velocitize Talks is an award-winning video series featuring agency innovators, digital disruptors and marketing leaders from around the world. The publication is delivered by WP Engine to provide insights into the shifting trends and innovative technologies defining digital marketing today.

Peter also joined an expert industry panel at WP Engine’s Ignite event in London to share his experience building cutting edge digital products on the world’s most trusted enterprise WordPress platform.

WONDR have been listed in the Top 10 Global Agencies at this year’s Vega Digital Awards 2022.

One the main award programme concludes, the Vega Digital Awards select the top ten participating agencies for the honours of being listed in the ‘Top 10 Global Agencies‘.

Selection is based on the number of categories won, the quality of entries and the company’s wider profile. To be listed in the ten agencies listing you have to deliver excellence through your creativity, strategy and expertise.

The Top 10 Global Agency listing is further recognition for WONDR and follows on from our 4 wins at this year’s programme.

This year we collected awards for

It is the second year in a row that WONDR have won 4 awards at the Vega Digital Awards for clients across banking, fintech, eCommerce, web 3 & insurance sectors.

Being recognised as one of the Top Global Agencies is a true honour and we are proud to be delivering design excellence for brands across the globe.

Dermot O’Shea Founder & Managing Director

Dermot further added…

“We are grateful for this recognition as it concludes a hugely successful year for us where we collected 22 awards in 12 months. Our award wins were from some of the world’s most prestigious programmes such as the Webby’s & UX Design Awards. We were also recognised at home at the Spiders, Digital Business Ireland Awards & the Digital Media Awards.”

About the Vega Awards
The Vega Digital Awards highlight the vital role of digital pioneers in an ever-changing digital landscape.

Organised by the International Awards Association (IAA), this year’s programme had over 1,000 submissions from 20 countries, clearly demonstrating the influence and reach the awards has in its mission of honouring excellence in the digital industry.

The judging panel was comprised of 22 industry experts from 10 countries around the globe.

WONDR continues its winning streak by collecting 3 international design awards at the 2022 Vega Global Digital Awards.

We collected 3 awards in the categories for Best Financial Services App, Best Insurance Website & Best Services & Utilities App.

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 three of our entries as winners.

The winners were…

Best Financial Services App

11Onze’s universal banking app ‘El Canut’ won a gold ‘Centauri’ Award for ‘Best Financial Services App’ at the 2022 Vega Global Digital Awards.

Best Insurance Website

AA Insurance Ireland won a gold Centauri Award for ‘Best Insurance Website’ at the 2022 Vega Global Digital Awards.

Best Services & Utilities App

Package Portal’s Web3 enabled loyalty and feedback platform won arose gold ‘Arcturus’ Award for ‘Best Services & Utilities App’ at the 2022 Vega Global Digital Awards.

Continued Success

These awards follow on from WONDR’s incredible run of success that saw us collect 22 awards in 12 months from some of the world’s most prestigious programmes. Hopefully, these awards are the start of another successful year for us as we celebrate our 9th year in business.

We've been actively progressing our output of #Web3 enabled products. This will revolutionise many sectors, espeically financial services, insurance, healthcare, utilities and energy.

Dermot O'Shea Founder - WONDR

Dermot added….

“These awards are important as they recognise how WONDR as a team transcends boundaries by using the latest in tech to enable rapid digital transformation.”

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’.

We have been selected as finalists in 3 categories at this year’s Digital Media Awards (DMAs).

We’re finalists for Best Website, Best in Financial Services & Best Small Agency.

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Best Website

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Best Financial Services

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Small Agency

The Digital Media Awards are now in their 19th year and one of the most well established award programmes in Ireland.

They recognise creativity and innovation across digital media which includes digital content creation, advertising and marketing, mobile media, social networking, app development, web design and development.

After a successful year of delivering high quality output for brands across the globe, it would be a fitting touch to be recognised at home by the DMAs.

Dermot O'Shea Founder - WONDR

Gala Dinner Ceremony

The Digital Media Award winners will be announced at a gala dinner hosted by Alan Shortt on Friday the 11th of November in the Convention Centre at The Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin.