Wemakefab has won 4 awards at the Rating Runet Contest 2021
The highest awards have been gained among those nominated for ‘Services for Business’ and ‘Education’ categories - our projects competed against Lebedev and Chulakov’s Studios and won.
In this article we explain how we have achieved it and comment on what’s left behind the scenes.
«It is vital not to settle for simpler solutions. Once you give up the smaller details, the project starts falling apart and turns out anything but trivial. And this is not our way.»
Victor, please briefly describe how you felt when you went on stage to receive the awards. Could you even imagine that it was going to be 4 of them?
The thing is that only those shortlisted got invited to the award ceremony. During our email exchange with the contest management, I got to know (here goes the slightest hint to social engineering skills of mine) that all 4 of our projects were about to win the awards - however, it was not until the very end that I knew which places we took exactly.
You’ve previously said that you would like to achieve the same results during the next few years in a row so you could consider this a real accomplishment and mark success. Is this even possible? Are there lots of such cool clients in the sea?
The question should not be about the ‘coolness’ of our clients. Unfortunately, most web agencies, when working with major clients, stop
publishing their cases. And it is completely understandable - you do lots of work which can be hard to compile into a contest case.
Additionally, it is about multiple interfaces, design support and other nuances. But we have made it strategically important to keep our
portfolio up-to-date while doing our job. Thus, we are not giving up sites, and hopefully, we will keep up with the pace for publishing
After all, this is crucial for clients to see the stable and predictable outcome of the well-organized team and to rest assured that this is not something random. We have made this debut and I strongly believe that this will turn into routine events
Tell us your secret how to organize the work processes so that the team could release the stellar projects. What is the secret ingredient of the success recipe?
The most important thing is to build a stellar team who are emotionally and psychologically ready to build the stellar projects. And
then not to be embarrassed or uncomfortable to talk about the project results.
You have to constantly overcome chaos in the processes and spend a great amount of time on writing cases. And this is the issue for most of the team members.
We always optimize the work processes. I used to hate the idea of policies and regulations until I realized that the policies are a must have for the workplace - otherwise, it won’t work. Everyone should know their duties, what to do and how not to cross someone else’s responsibility line.
Additionally, I realized that it is vital not to settle for simpler solutions. Once you give up the smaller details, the project starts falling apart and turns out anything but trivial. And this is not our way.
«In my work and its results I strive to stay honest with the client and audience.»
Sasha, your design is often appreciated by the jury. As a designer, how do you feel about the Runet Rating?
I believe that the jury appreciates not only the design but the team work as a whole. The website is the result of close interactions during the whole process starting from the brief to the project publication. And the team work covers not only the team collaboration but also project discussions with the client. Therefore, if we come to a mutual understanding and effectively divide the team responsibilities with the optimal course of action, then it is right and the design gets appreciation in most cases. And the Runet Rating as one of the most respectful and oldest contests proves this point. Thanks!
Now it is your turn to tell us about the secret ingredient of the design which gets awards. What are your ways to fascinate the jury?
The jury are people, first of all, and the users with a greater experience and responsibility. In my work and its results I strive to stay honest with the client and audience. The transparent and clear design with a dash of aesthetics and experience seems to always get a positive response from the website visitors.
How would you evaluate the design of other nominees? Do you think it was not easy for the jury to decide?
I am sure it was a hard decision to make. I have seen a bunch of decent and impressive projects which gives the true worth to the awards we have received :)
«Obviously, we are pleased to win such awards - however, the main duty of the development team is to solve the essential problems of the client.»
Misha, have you been thinking of any awards the project could receive while developing the project? Or is it just the great outcome that you are anticipating to get in the end? Please share your opinion on the project development as a technical specialist.
No, in the development phase I don’t think of any awards or contests but try to deliver the best possible results both in code writing and user experience. Apparently, winning awards is great but real appreciation comes when the project gets popular and brings benefit to the client (by fulfilling its goal).
Which of the award-winning websites was the hardest one to develop and why? What technology stack have you used?
The most sophisticated project was Glavguide.com, the city tour aggregator, which took the 2nd place in the category of ‘Services’. We implemented the stack of Laravel + Vue, which was not common for us. We decided to use React + Laravel + Postgresql database for this project. The hardest part was to combine the diverse systems and API that processes the requests for the tour lists and other information so that we could handle the data in a proper way.
What is your opinion of the contests in general? Do you feel sceptical about the way the jury evaluates the projects which is mainly about the design and less about the technologies and performance(e.g. speed)?
If the website is convenient to use and addresses the client’s tasks then it can be considered successful. Awards and contests are secondary, in my opinion. Obviously, we are pleased to receive the awards, however, the main task before the development team is to solve the essential problems of the client. And we are doing great with this.
Director of development
«If you have enough experience and balls of steel, if you can distinguish between the important and unimportant things and manage the project properly - then you will succeed.»
Artem, what project made you the proudest of and why?
SASCO project (Sakhalin Shipping Company website). This project took 1st place in the ‘Services for Business’ category over Lebedev’s
studio. The thing is that I was the first to talk to the marketer who called us. Half an hour passed in the blink of an eye and I felt
“in sync” with the client. Around 2 weeks we spent on signing the agreement and other formalities and then started working on the
project. I am sure that the client didn’t have any second thoughts choosing us as the contractor.
I was leading the project which was indeed complicated. Tens of calls, a billion neurons lost at the final stage of the project - all in my heart. Here is why winning the 1st prize is not about the statuette but appreciation of patience and professionalism. Thus, I would like to thank all the members of our team - Sasha and Katya Laguta, Misha (Team Lead), Daniil (Frontend Dev) and Dima (Backend Dev). They all have won this award.
Overall, the project turned out to be juicy with WOW effect. Contact us and we do even better for you.
I know that you stay in touch with many clients whose websites have won awards. Do you let them know of the awards? How do they feel about such events?
We send them an official letter, photos of the awards, and try to get delivery of a bottle of cognac or rum approved by Victor. I am pretty sure the clients love it :))
What is the secret of getting awards, in your opinion? What is required for the website agency to publish the outstanding websites? Is your secret mainly in the processes, the team, design or something else?
The team, for sure. The professionalism, clear and distinct processes, ideas and patience. It is not easy to go big with the project. Billions of neurons lost, meeting deadlines, tough negotiations,etc. This is not the way it works in the movies. In some cases, right after completing one of the project stages, you go to a bar to take a breather. Still, if you have enough experience and balls of steel, if you can distinguish between the important and unimportant things and manage the project properly - then you will succeed.
Awards are confirmation that we are moving in the right direction. Thanks to colleagues and friends for their support.