Like fashion, a website is never finished. And with our latest revamp of Embily.com, we wanted our page headers to tell more of a story, something that people could look at and understand the messages we are trying to convey. Since you can only go so far with stock photographs and/or business-like photographs, we thought to bring some custom work to our website.
We felt that in order to do that, we had to bring to life characters that would help tell our stories. But even before that, we needed the vision to start from. Something that could be related to Embily and the goals we try to achieve in the technology and innovation of FinTech.
Something such as this:
“The technological innovations of the 19th century had opened the possibility of travelling around the world in 80 days. In particular, three technological breakthroughs occurred in 1869–70 that made a tourist-like around-the-world journey possible for the first time: the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad in America (1869), the linking of the Indian railways across the sub-continent (1870), and the opening of the Suez Canal (1869). It was another notable mark at the end of an age of exploration and the start of an age of fully global tourism that could be enjoyed in relative comfort and safety. The prospect of this fascinated Jules Verne and motivated him to write “Around the world in 80 days”.”
Just like back then, now the technological innovations are transforming the world of business, allowing people to work globally, make transfers and use banking services online, send money across borders to their families quickly and deliver the safety of convenience and safety of traditional banking to under-banked social groups and regions. All of that is possible because of the rapid development of the Fintech industries and companies like Embily.
Just like Mr Verne was excited in the 19th century, we are excited now. Although we are a technological company, we would like to accompany the cold and precise nature of our services with the warmth and personality of our childhood books.
And so, with that, we’d like to introduce the Embily Three!
Henry Von Embily
Chai Pla Dook
The Embily Three
Henry Von Embily is the oldest of the three and is usually the one to spearhead their ideas and adventures. Standing tall with wide shoulders, Henry oozes confidence and inspiration to his friends and people around him. Prone to the finer things in life, Henry loves his fine dining and fancy cheeses and wines. And when he’s not preoccupied with business, he is usually traveling or painting.
Chai Pla Dook has been at Henry’s side for as long as either of them can remember. Brave and bold, warm and cheerful, Chai’s personality is quick to light up a room. Despite his undying loyalty to Henry, it appears that along with his attention seeking, Chai has a talent of unintentionally getting himself and his friends in trouble on their adventures. But even despite this, his always-uplifting personality always helps to push the three through the day.
Jerome, is very likely the smartest and the most level-headed of the three, despite being the youngest. Even though still a teenager, Jerome is a great observer and often is the one to have to help the team get out of trouble. He is also the quietest, favouring a nice big book to read by himself during his time off. And unlike Chai, Jerome always seems to be on top of things, and while he realizes it, he never points it out or craves for attention.
And like Henry, Chai, and Jerome, the Embily FinTech team hopes to go on just as many exciting adventures as the Embily Three. If only we had in real life, a steampunk hot air balloon that’s bigger on the inside like they do.
Thanks to Tommaso Tempestini for these amazing illustrations.