One of my first medium-sized projects at work has launched:
WIRED SCIENCE: What Element Are You? Facebook application
The application is supposed to complement our series, WIRED SCIENCE. It’s basically a personality quiz that tells you which element from the periodic table you are, and then based upon the results of you and your friends, it can predict how your relationships will play out. It’s also all in fun, so don’t take it too seriously.
I had a great team who helped put this thing together:
- I hired Pure, Inc. to do all the backend work. I’d never heard of them before, but found them on Facebook and they looked like a reliable company. The other apps in their portfolio looked solid, so that helped. They did awesome work, were a breeze to work with, and they are very professional. I would definitely hire them again because they know their Facebook apps.
- Design is always important to me, and I wanted to hire the best designer I could get my hands on. Luckily, Nick La was available and willing to put in some work. I have long admired Nick’s design on the web for a few years now. His Web Designer Wall is one of my favorite blogs evar, for both its design and content. Nick is a rockstar to work with, by the way. Whatever I wanted, Nick was there with great feedback, work, and adjustments. He definitely goes the extra mile to keep his clients happy and he provides quality graphic design and CSS work.
- As far as content development, I worked with series host Chris Hardwick for all the funny/geeky copy. Chris is one of the coolest, funniest people I’ve come across working here. I tried not to be too much of a fangirl around him, because Lord knows “Shipmates” double-headers got me through many an all-nighter in undergrad. He nailed the right balance of geeky and funny for the project.
- Believe it or not, there is actual science behind the logic on the app, and I worked with my friend Princess to help on science duty. Princess is probably the smartest person I know–and I know some really smart people. Having some degrees from MIT and Caltech helps too.
I guess with all these people doing the work, there wasn’t much I actually did, haha. Being in charge of social media has its benefits! Just kidding. I did the concept development, wrote up the planning documents, did a little wireframing, etc. I also had to work with everybody invested, like the executive producer of the show, my superiors in my department, some folks from WIRED Magazine, etc. to make sure they were satisfied and excited about the idea. It’s pretty cool to see my idea and product requirements document develop into a thing of beauty. Though, beauty is in the eye of the beholder I guess. Anyway, if you’re on Facebook, check out the app!