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The Morpht Story

Back in 2011, Drupal 7 was released. Drupal launch parties were held around the world – bringing local communities together. One such party was held at the Lord Nelson pub in The Rocks, Sydney. At that party the Morpht founders, Marji and Murray, first met and naturally began talking Drupal and where it may go in the future. The feeling was very positive. Drupal was on the ascendancy with adoption increasing in government and the enterprise. There was a very strong community around Drupal and new systems which shipped with it.

One year later, in February 2012, Morpht was founded and incorporated. Director meetings and code development were done around the kitchen table. Marji had expertise in sysadmin and devops and Murray have a background in web development and knowledge management. In the early days Morpht had an extremely high engineer to sales ratio to say the least! The company was exclusiely focussed on technical delivery of websites and platforms.

A growing team

Over the years Morpht slowly grew, attracting a loyal and experienced team of Drupal experts. See them all above The Australian side of the business was balanced by a handful of Czech developers and designers. Marji was able to utilise his Czech roots to help build a team that would grow to become a key part of the Morpht identity. The company was now effectively runnning across the full 24 hour cycle, allowing us to respond to developments in a timely manner when required.

At this stage Morpht very much was technically focussed. Every team member had Drupal in their blood. The average Drupal experience was in the range of 8 to 10 years. Worked flowed through to Morpht mainly by word of mouth. We were known as a team who could deliver on technically demanding projects. We were taking on a variety of work ranging from large migrations, server deployments and platform builds, all the way down to simple site builds for small businesses.

Filling in the blanks

In 2015 Morpht began to grow into a more well rounded business. Since then our team has increased to include an account and business manager, UX Designer and technical architect. We are now able to often clients a well rounded team, able to handle projects from discovery through to deployment.

Along side the paid work was an ever present desire to improve the way we worked, to increase efficiency in the way we did things. Marji would call this the "devops culture". Murray would call it a "component driven approach". The end result was continuous research and development into areas such as Paragraphs and Modifiers. Morpht staff often spoke at conferences of the tools they were building with the aim of improving the editor experience.

Starting the future

We have been iterating on our approach for many years and have rebuilt our toolset many times over. In 2017 the strategic decision was to move to the GovCMS8 platform as the starting point for our site builds. GovCMS8 provides a stable and simple base from which to work from. It supports most if not all of the tools need to implement the standard Morpht recipe. 

Then in 2018, Morpht was fortunate enough to win the contract to build the GovCMS UI-Kit Starter theme - an implemetation of the Design System, developed by the Digital Transformation Agency. The chance to develop this theme opened the way for Morpht to introduce some of the concepts they had been working on previously. The theme has been released as open source and is part of the GovCMS distribution.

Since then Morpht has continue to develop Convivial for GovCMS and Convivial, two sister distibutions based on the same components. Convivial uses Bootstrap 4 and is intended for business and government not looking to use the Design System. Convivial for GovCMS is an extension of the out of the box GovCMS8 - it is based on UI-Kit and is designed to be a feature rich starting point for federal government agencies.

The future for Morpht will be focussed on imporving our platform and further developing the design and UX part of the buisness. We are highly motivated to continue to provide highly funcitonal, accessible and responsive components. We are in an excellent place to deliver on simple sites as well as take on demanding projects requiring custom development and integrations.