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My Last and 3,348th Day at G&R

Based on the official record, I’ve spent exactly 9 years and 2 months at G&R. There were 2 leap years within this time. So it’s my 3,348th day at G&R and it’s going to be the last day here.

If I include the inception period of G&R as well, few more hundreds days would be added. Compare to my current age, it’s around 30% of my lifetime!

9 years ago when I started at G&R, we were just a team of 3 people. Today when I’m leaving, we’re a part of such a big family that it’s hard to get the exact count of the members.

Working at G&R was one of the best things of my life. Though it was challenging most of the time but it was exciting too. In the meantime I grew in many ways – from 27 to 36, bachelor to a husband, no one to a father of 3 kids. Moreover now I’m not just a confused university student like I was in the beginning.

At G&R I’ve learnt the best lessons – it’s not only about work but also about many other things all of which I will take with me throughout my life.

I got the chance to work with so many people who are not only super talented but also great human beings. There were total 55 colleagues who worked with me in this 9 years of time. I’ve signed several hundreds of cheque in the name of our publishers which I always considered as the most rewarding part of my career.

As many of you already know that in the next chapter, G&R will be operated as a fintech utilizing the NOC it has received last year to develop an ewallet. Hopefully it’s going to be the next big thing.

For me, the next chapter is to focus on something which I really love. Stay in touch.

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JossWork, for the Love of Working

It’s nothing new, there are a few thousand similar tools to make your work process automated and transparent. But we’re kind of reinventing the wheel – JossWork is an email service with some other additional features to make your workstation smarter.

Just one setup and you’ll get work email, automated office attendance system, customer and pipeline management tools, invoicing system and many more for your business.

Automated attendance is one crucial feature that’s producing a lot of attention. We’ve built a relatively efficient and smart process for recording office attendance. Existing internet connection is enough to get it done, no hardware setup required. It also offers a standard leave management system with a multilayer approval process.

Other features such as journal, messaging, pipeline, basic CRM are also working pretty well and our users are loving them.

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The Untold Story: Beginning of G&R

This story is originally published in Medium, both in Bangla and English. As the story is too long, I am publishing it here dividing in different chapters.

It was September 2005 when I first realised that websites could be made by ordinary people like me. Before that I imagined that making websites was similar in difficulty to building spaceships. I have always been very relaxed at work, but when I discovered the ease and beauty of website development – when I realised that this spaceship was easily attainable  –  I knew I’d discovered the secret to a long and happy life.

I was always good at maintaining pixels. This practice began on the first day of design school, where most of my friends were far better than me at drawing. I knew I couldn’t compete with them with my drawing skills alone, so I began using graph paper to make design plans and layouts. This helped me learn the manual process of using pixels. Over time, I became a pixel dancer. This helped me grab the attention many influential people.

One fine day in 2009, I received an unexpected email from London. A man I’d never heard of wanted to meet me to talk about the current status of the Internet in Bangladesh. At the time, his queries were irrelevant to my work. I was busy consulting for overseas clients who paid me an hourly wage. I had even been tasked with redesigning The Daily Star website! But I really never thought that the Internet could bring any change to Bangladeshi society.

The man from London had an extensive knowledge about the Internet and had even spent time working at Google. He taught me to see the potential of the Internet in a completely different way. I was extremely excited and finally felt that I could finally be a useful creature in society.

We had our first discussion about the Internet in Bangladesh in March 2009. G&R received the certification for incorporation in July 2009. Ours is an amazing story.

Our very first days at G&R were spent doing nothing but exploring possibilities. Early on, we decided to partner with a software company called eBizzsol for technical support. We held several brain storming sessions and drank a few hundred cups of tea. We were trying to find a single solution that would solve a few hundred problems. The word localization was on top of anything. We started following the tagline, Your local site!

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A Story to be Told

Necessity is the mother of invention, literature is the grandchild of crisis!

Last five months, most of the space of my brain was captivated by one single idea – hot to tell a story about an ongoing history.

After multiple attempts finally it’s published now! I choose Medium as the publishing platform because it’s easier to write long stories there.

I was not always very happy in working at G&R. I actually attempted to quit several times and plan my career in a whole different way. But somehow I wasn’t able to do that. Love often causes pain and for some strange reason, we always accept it, and often enjoy it.

From The Untold Story of a Bangladeshi Startup

Some stories to be told loudly as most people don’t want to hear – we all are busy with telling our stories.

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G&R 3.0, the New Era Began

Things are changing too fast and the same thing happening here at G&R. In last 1 year, we’ve experienced lots of growth in too many ways.

In this circumstance G&R is proudly presents the latest version of the Ad Network, G&R 3.0!

G&R has changed the way local digital content in Bangladesh is monetized by operating and optimizing Bangladesh’s largest online advertising marketplace. This market connects local website owners with advertisers and serves 15,000,000+ ads per day across 1,500+ websites.

This new version of ad network will allow our advertisers to start any campaign within a few minutes. The realtime dashboard will let them review the performance and various optimisation tools will help them to get the maximum ROI.

Similarly a publisher can monetize by placing G&R ads in their website or app in a simple and guided process. They also get various optimization tools to control and accelerate the revenue.

Our agency partners are getting a brand new dashboard with advanced controls to manage their clients, campaigns, ads and revenue.

Growing isn’t always exciting. We often miss our old days, our childhood. At G&R, though we’re missing our ‘no regulation’ days, but we always keep our attention in improving the product experiences with latest and updated technology.

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G&R Featured in Google I/O 2014

This might be one of the prestigious moments I’d always love to remember. Talking in front of a camera wasn’t a very new experience for me. But it was really difficult to keep my nerves normal when I knew that this conversation has a chance to be featured in Google I/O.

Our story was featured on the wall of startups in Google I/O 2014 . Thanks to my colleagues and the camera crew from Google for their supports. It seems we were looking good when the video was showing on Google I/O wall.

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Amar Bornomala, the Next Steps

The Amar Bornomala team is working hard to release their 2nd font. You’ll be able to download it from the same site. We’re also collecting people’s feedback for the 3rd font which going to be released on next Pohela Boishakh.

Those who believe in Bangla, keep the same right to contribute in developing it. We are expecting your active and constructive inputs so that we can set some standards for Bangla fonts. We hope it’ll help the upcoming typographers to be more interested in developing new Bangla fonts.

You can upload a scan copy of your handwritings here which may include the suggestions for how you want to see the alphabets. Based on experts selection, we’ll create a font combining different handwritings of different alphabets.

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To Download the New Bangla Font of Amar Bornomala

The new free bangla font launched by Amar Bornomala is open to download since the 1st minute after it was inaugurated by the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. In last 22 hours it got around 3,000 downloads. If you yet to download it, please use this link.

It’ll ask your email or phone number before the download starts. We are taking this info so that we can notify you the next update, as well as if other fonts are here to download.

So far we’ve got thousands of feedbacks via comments, direct contacts, Facebook post, over phone etc which encouraging us to work harder. We are ensuring you that we are reading each of your feedbacks and working on it.

As there were no academic standardizations in creating Bangla fonts, our aim is to establish this culture. Also we want to create a platform from where people can get beautiful Bangla fonts for free.

So your support is very important!

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The Beginning of Amar Bornomala

The beginning was back in 2010 when I first started thinking about an academic thesis entitled ‘Amar Bornomala o Somosamoyik Bangla Typography‘ (my alphabets and contemporary Bangla typography). Those were some dots which needed to be connected.

In last two years I’ve tried to connect those dots. I’ve talked with several people, organizations, institutes to get supports. But I never imagined that the country chief will inaugurate this initiative!

The primary goal of Amar Bornomala is to standardize the Bangla fonts with academic principles. The Honorable Prime Minister of Peoples Republic of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina has inaugurated the first font at the very first moment of 21 February 2013 from the Central Shahid Minar premises. Other two fonts are coming within next couple of days.

Access to Information (a2i) programme of Prime Minister’s office initiated this project in association with Bangla Academy and Department of Graphic Design from University of Dhaka. You can also download this font from this link.

Well, it wasn’t an easy journey and at the same time was a long process of learning. You shouldn’t limit your dreams, ever! Most of the times you won’t be able to imagine the solutions, but you can be sure that there must be a solution if you are able to create a constructive problem.

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Building an Internet Company in Bangladesh

these slides were presented at Dhaka Startup Weekend, held in 10 – 12 January 2013. the learnings are real and you can ask for the details. we have the stories to tell you.

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Facebook Apps, A New Culture Driving Businesses in Bangladesh

I’ve started working with designing Facebook apps since February 2012. It was a great feeling after completing the 1st one which was My Special Valentine launched by Airtel. It was a great experience to see how people interact with the big brands.

In the later months Airtel has given us the chance to create few more apps like Bangladesh in My Lens, Ankbo Amra Dekhbe Bishwa and Monsoon in My Lens. Each of these apps have engaged the audiences in different ways and brought some wonderful returns for Airtel.

With these huge experiences I’ve got more chances to work with other brands like 7up, Pepsi, Durex etc. The Durex one worths some highlights as it was planned for a different kind of users engagement. The privacy was the biggest consideration as it’s a vital issue for any engagement with a brand like Durex.

Very recently I’ve got a chance to work with Grameenphone which was a very new kind of experience for me. I got to plan, design and develop the app Bond of Friendship which should be considered as one of the biggest social engagement case studies from Bangladesh.

Well, it seems the journey is just began. Most of the marketers are now talking about these kind of social engagements. This is the easiest and cheapest way to count the direct public feedback.

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G&R Ad Network – Internet Comes of Age

Back in 2005 when I first came to know about the process of building of internet product, I was really surprised. Before that it was actually impossible for me to imagine how a simple website works!

In last few years I’ve spent most of time in learning. The same thing still going on and I am not sure how long I should keep learning. The best part of this learning process is – I’m loving i’!

The attached slides were presented at Digital Marketing Summit 2012, held in Dhaka. We had shown few insights which is driving the growth of G&R.

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RongDhong, Your Lifestyle is Here!

It has a long story!

RongDhong was an idea which I heard first time in middle of a night – that was a pleasant story. Later a long time passed which brought a bad story. After blending lot of good and bad stories, RongDhong became public at the middle of 2011.

RongDhong brings stories of life, the writers of RongDhong are you! It doesn’t need any expert opinion or any very thoughtful message. If any of your stories which you think will help other people, can be published here.

Let us know what you think about it.

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201loves202.com

so, here i am!

last month i’ve started another website www.201loves202.com. there is a long story behind the name. 201 was my class role and 202 was her. this website is totally focused on our works. so we are adding all our academic and professional works there. as well as we are running there a microblog to let you know about our new ideas.

please give us a visit!

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Happy Life

So, it’s going on.

You can’t say yourself happy unless you are happy. Life isn’t so easy at all – at least here in Dhaka which is declared by Economist as 2nd worst city in the world!

You’ll never know how long you have to wait under the burning sun for a transportation. So the definition of happiness is a term which we have to consider when we’re staying at home.

Have a look to the picture above. it’s from my balcony. I do water it everyday.

Few updates of my work: well, things around me has changed too fast in last couple of months. This is a site I’ve designed few months ago for Dropndot which was selected as a best site. This is a new kind of recognition of my work and I am feeling great about it.

Right now I am working with building an ad network which is quit a new experience for me. I hope I can tell you more about it later. Yesterday I’ve launched another sleepless night idea with one of my colleagues which you may have a look too.

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Available for Bangla Typeface Designing

this is how we work. every alphabet is hand crafted, original and different from any other typefaces.

Globally it’s a common practice that every big companies promote their brand using their own corporate typeface. When its about using Bangla, It’s too uncommon. Very few companies here using own corporate Bangla typeface though most of them keep the practice in terms of using English font. well, till now its going fine. but i believe very soon it’d be something very important to keep the brand unique and distinctive from others. in business, the sooner the better.

i am working with typeface designing for more than 5 years and i love this job. so please feel free to contact me if you think i can be useful for you.

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yo! this is goromcha…

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=16114738&server=vimeo.com&show_title=0&show_byline=0&show_portrait=0&color=ffffff&fullscreen=1&autoplay=0&loop=0

goromcha.com is live for public from 9 january 2010. i guess it’s not such a long time. but we are happy to announce that it’s reaching more people than we’ve expected. there are lot more features are yet to be added… we have some cool marketing plan to bring the site to all kind of internet users. ‘gorom cha’ means ‘hot tea’ which we think the everyday’s drink for all kind of people in bangladesh. the aim of this site is to become such a everyday’s part! we believe it deserves that.

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a brand new font style

brand new font style
this is a screenshot from illustrator cs4. i am creating this one just using the single plain stroke. the layout is in my head and i am using the mouse just like the pencil...

as i was working with the dissertation, i was planning a cover design. well, i had plan to create at least two special font styles only for the dissertation! it was really tough… the layout was ready but the technical development is a matter of hard work and time spending. anyway at least i should write the title name in a special font… so here is the basic structure of a brand new font style. i wish it’d be usable for everyone very soon.

wish me a luck 🙂

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typography and book design

prokriti o shilpo - book illustration
the texts were given and there were instructions about the size and color references. the illustration and total work was done on illustrator cs4! click on the image to view other pages.

i was writing my dissertation about bangla typography… i am in a hurry – i have just few more hours to complete all the things. when i was searching my archive for some of my works as examples, i’ve found some works which should be shared. they are not something very exceptional but i can remember some good experiences of when they were done.

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new look, new start

life around me
this is the life, around me... with hopes and uncertainty too!

first i should thank rifat vai… otherwise it’d take few more weeks to live this new theme. the design was ready few more weeks back but it was totally uncertain how it’ll be developed. everyone seems to be busy!

when i look to other designs, i just wish to do lot of things with my design. they are so creative, extra ordinary. but practically i always find limitations. well, this is a step for some other new things. so keep in touch!

i’ve designed a desktop theme for this latest release of lifearoundme.com. thanks in advance for downloading: [1024×768] | [1280×800] | [1366×768] | [1440×900] | [1280×1024] | [1152×864] | [1680×1050]

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It was the Best of Times, It was the Worst of Times!

Life around me is changing a lot for last few months. Some of these were too fast that they became history before I noticed. Some of these were too long seemed like never ending! I saw people – how they act and how they react! Some actions were interesting, some were heartbreaking. But somehow they were good for me.

I’ve learnt once again nothing is so important in life!

These days I am working lot. I don’t know for what but I am always in a hurry. I am working with the establishment of a dedicated digital advertising agency which I think is going to be something new in bangladesh.

The Prothom Alo blog which was my last project in my previous office got published few weeks ago. That was another dream project for me but I don’t know why… I didn’t feel any excitement watching that live.

Life is changing, so I am!

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The New Robi Font

One of the most popular local telco Aktel re-branded themselves to Robi from 28 March 2010. It was the most massive commercial event of present advertising history.

I came to know about the new brand name by 15 February though it was something top level secret. Suddenly I found myself so special when they offered me to design and develop a new type font for this new brand. It was totally a new experience for me.

The maximum share of Robi is owned by Axiata. So Robi is using Axiata’s brand identity and guideline. I had to follow the style of Axiata Book, a branded Roman font they are using for their identities.

The time was too limited and I was new, but that made me desperate. I met the first deadline with a complete developed font which they refused. After that the present one came with the effort of another few sleepless nights. I am grateful to my dearest friend and to Rifat Nabi.

So, when I see a billboard saying ‘apnar aktel ekhon robi’ or ‘jole uthun apon shoktite’ or some other sentences in Axiata Bangla font, I do remember the hardest works and loveliest memories 🙂

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long time no see

bangla typography
a new born bangla font, designed and developed from hand crafted pencil lines!

this time it’s something very serious discussion about typography. till february 15, i knew typography from the point of academic activities. i actually didn’t know how it could be used in real life. one of my friends called me then who is working in an largest ad agency of the country. they were looking for someone who can create a full usable set of bangla alphabets. i wasn’t sure but somehow found enough courage to do it. later i came to know it’s for one of the largest mobile phone company who is going to be re-branded within the end of this month. last 30 days i just lived with the alphabets… and the best part is, i’ve came to know about the best typographer i’ve ever met. the deadline was too tight… almost impossible for beginner like us. but we’ve done it somehow! it wasn’t superb but definitely we can treat it as an achievement. congratulations to us!

so, though it’s long time you didn’t see me here, i am feeling good to say you something new… i’ll tell you about the experience soon in my next post.

have nice time 🙂

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the new ebizzsol website

ebizzsol-new-site
this is one of my most experimented design. there is nothing special here but i've spent months to complete this work.

it’s the 5th year i am working at ebizzsol! sometime i wonder about this long journey… a journey of memories and lessons with lot of achievements. well, i don’t know how far i’ll go but i was mostly happy with what i had and right now i have some ideas in my head which are making me breathe. so i am alive!

i’ve started working with a new ebizzsol website from the end of 2008. it took a long year! we had some real hard time within this period and the truth is this new website is a kind of effort to regain our faith. i had lot of things in my mind when planning this site but as it’s normal, i didn’t able to express all my ideas. we are still working on some pages like the portfolio, weblog and new services. let us know what you think about it.

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am i going to be famous?

prothom-alo-new-website
this illustration was done by the prothom alo design team. i liked this one and found it perfect for my post!

the new prothom alo website has launched last 16 september. within last two weeks we have experienced ‘somethings’ which were really very new to all of us. prothom alo had published an ad on that day in their printed newspaper declaring the lunching of their new website which has brought million of visitors to the newly launched website. according to alexa, on this day prothom-alo.com got the highest visitors within it’s present history. that was wonderful… again alarming for us. we should agree that we had some limitations which has caused sufferings for many visitors… they didn’t able to reach the website. but within few hours we have able to fix maximum of the obstacles. after that we start getting feedbacks from users… more than three thousands of feedback within just 48 hours! it’s true there were some feedback criticizing the new design… some of them were really considerable and we are still trying to combine them to the website.

well, today prothom alo published an article about this new website. they mentioned our name in the article… ha ha ha! am i going to be famous? it’s something new to me and the truth is i am feeling good.

thanks prothom alo!

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prothom-alo.com : a milestone!

prothom-alo
this was the very first screen shot of latest prothom alo website. till now it has changed lot...

i am congratulating myself… the new prothom-alo.com is live now!

a year back when i first got the call from the daily star, it was like a dream to me. last one year i’ve passed half of my office time watching the news sites. i am still doing the same thing and comparing my work with the standard of the leading news sites and found that may be i’ve fulfill a dream of mine somehow but it’s still far way to go! prothom alo is the highest visited website of the country. so the plan was making it the biggest news website of the country. I was so pleased that people chose to stop here after perhaps a game of online bingo (www.foxybingo.com) or in between checking their emails. i know there are still lot of opportunities to serve the users but i hope this’d be an example. i am still studying and hope the next one would be definitely better and i am waiting to tell you about that.

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half full vs half empty!

summer :: rainy season :: nature
summer :: rainy season :: nature


first of all i’d like to add three of my recent works which i’ve done as my academic projects… as i’ve promised in my last post that i’ll let you know some updates about my work. well, i believe i am a good worker. so if you ask me about that, it’s normally a positive answer. i still have some running projects in my hand which i know will be appreciated. but i could find a gap somewhere in myself which really rising some question ahead me. what’s the problem with me? i always dream about a simple life… ‘simple but valuable’… at least valuable to me. but… i could find lots of ‘but’ which i don’t like. i don’t want to see me confused…