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Looking Ahead At 2014

A calendar showing the year 2014 and the word Primate

2014 - Year of the Primate

So long 2013.

OK, I’ll admit it, I was planning to write this article two weeks ago when New Year posts were all the rage but, alas, the avalanche of work that was awaiting me after I was dragged kicking and screaming out of the womb that is holiday got the better of me. Still, better late than never as they say.

Before I dive into what 2014 has in store for Primate, I’d like to take a brief moment to reflect on 2013. It was a busy year, to say the least. Hell, the word ‘busy’ doesn’t even begin to do it justice but I can’t find any more suitable way of describing it. But it was also an exciting year.

We were nominated for a MOMA award for our work on the Harviestoun Brewery site back in April (we didn’t win – lost out to Coca-Cola’s Olympic 2012 campaign), expanded our team with a new designer (Steve) in July and moved into our shiny new office in September. More importantly we also launched a range of new sites that we’re incredibly proud of (I’ll updated the portfolio section on our site soon, I promise!) and got the chance to work some amazing companies and individuals. Indeed, it’s fair to say that we wouldn’t be where we are without our fantastic clients and we adore each and every one of them. A huge, huge thanks from everyone here at Primate to all of our clients and the continual support we get from friends, family, readers and industry peers.

Moving on to present day and the year of 2014 looks to be equally as busy as the last. We’ve got a couple of thrilling sites in the pipeline with one particularly massive project that we’ve been working on for the past year and are eager to launch very shortly. Client work aside though, there are also plenty of other things we want to achieve and ways we want to contribute to our passion, the web industry.

First and foremost, we want to attend more events and conferences. Last year, we went to the Responsive Day Out in Brighton, the Scottish Ruby Conference in Crieff and Railsberry in Krakow and this year we want to go to even more (we’re already booked up to the next Scottish Ruby Conf in May). Taking part in and contributing to our industry is something we’re deadly serious about doing more of.

In that vein, we’re also hoping to contribute more to open source in general and plan to release a small internal project we’ve been working on that allows for clever manipulations of markers in Google Maps. I, personally, am also keen to expand my profile on the speaker circuit and give more talks on all aspects of the web, particularly agile development which I’m a strong advocate for. Finally, we also want to contribute more to the industry through online articles and blog posts and have a few exciting ones up our sleeves that should come to light in the not too distance future.

So with any luck this year will turn out to be as exciting as the last and I for one can’t wait to see what it brings.

Thanks again and here’s to 2014!

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Author: Gordon McLachlan

Gordon is uncomfortably good looking.




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