About Emanuel

Emanuel is a web designer from Croatia strongly connected with WordPress.

I always felt strange writing a CV in third person. But this will change.

Although I’m in the design business since the late 90’s I’ve been professionally involved from 2003. Also – a strong believer in web standards and crafting web “the right way” with the focus on the user and functionality rather than excess use of unnecessary visual effects.

Once a journalist, then an entrepreneur, I’m always seeking new challenges. In 2003. I’ve partnered with two of my friends to found Omnicron, a local–based web design and development company. In the next 4 years we developed more than 150 websites for various local and regional clients. During this time I led a team that designed and developed one of the first Croatian Web 2.0 projects called Istarski rječnik. This project lets users contribute to a dictionary of known words of the Istrian dialect.

Blagonic Brothers

In 2006. I began experimenting with WordPress as a next CMS on several client projects and from 2007. I’m a designer–gone–rogue while developing WordPress themes and websites. Few years later, in 2010. with my brother Lucijan I co–founded one of the better–know Croatian web agencies – Blagonic Brothers. This is probably the most intense web design period of my current career because of the brotherly competition I and Lucijan poses.

Emanuel and Lucijan Blagonić — Photo by Marina Filipović Marinshe

Emanuel and Lucijan Blagonić — Photo by Marina Filipović Marinshe

During this time we shifted our focus from XHTML to HTML5, started speaking at various conferences, then adopted RWD approach as one of the first agencies in Croatia to do so. Finally, today I design all of my websites to be responsive, learning new stuff every day and implementing them in my workflow.

Tailored Development


With fellow co–founders Zoran and Lucijan during interview with Ivan Brezak Brkan, editor of Netokracija — Photo by Marina Filipović Marinshe

In 2013. alongside Lucijan and Zoran Ugrina I co–founded first specialized, full service WordPress agency in Croatia – Tailored Development, with a strong focus on bringing best possible WordPress solutions to the worldwide clients. With our own Tailored Framework for WordPress we now have the ability to create interface around the user needs and we can optimize every website for the best possible value for the customer.

Croatian WordPress Community

Although WordPress has a large share in the world (with more than 20% of the World Wide Web run on WordPress) it is still considered a blog engine in Croatia. This is something we want to change by organizing Croatian WordPress community, Meetups, Workshops and eventually — WordCamp.


What about this blog?

I didn’t write anything new in six years. Here is a blog post about that period.