Apps and Haps
About time for an update! With the new year we have new things to do, and have taken care of the previous year’s list (YAY!) My collaborator and I have applied to 6 different incubators/accelerators (y-combinator, TechStars Boston, TechStars San Antonio, Betaspring, AngelPad, and Matter.vc) and have trudged, learned, and grown through each application process. In the end, I’m proud...
Lots of developments, and a new to do list for the rest of the year! Apply to six five places by the end of the year, including but not limited to: TechStars(done!), Y-C, fi.co, 500.co, AngelPad.org, Steam/Valve Write fiction for NaNoWriMo Finish a site redesign side project Get started on responsive design project for my full-time, grown-up job
Relational to NoSQL: the DB quandary
Just 3 years ago, if you were going to build a complex site from scatch, the answer to the question “What kind of database am I going to use?” was obvious: a table-based relational database, most likely MySQL. This decision was so obvious, in fact, that it didn’t even occur to most web developers as an option, and they chose instead to squabble over what kind of middleware to...
Learning milestone: Not getting into Round 1
Thank you everyone for supporting Meagan’s and my project proposal for the Knight Foundation’s NewsChallenge this past month. The organization passed on our project, but we learned so much from the experience. Most importantly, we have been reaffirmed in our belief that a hardcore audience exists for such a project. I can relate our goal more clearly now than ever before: We want...
Knight News Challenge: Handshake: A Web Magazine... →
Woo, just posted to Knight Foundation News Challenge! newschallenge: 1. What do you propose to do? [20 words] We will fuse together social-network gaming, thought-provoking editorial content, and advertising into a seamless web magazine and alternate-reality game experience. 2. Is anyone doing something like this now and how is your project different? [30…
The first story in this latest podcast from...
Building Progressive Templates →
Always think about how to automate every part of UI and functionality. Responsive Web Design helps you pare down a web or site to its most basic function and create the most versatile minimalist designs around those functions from scratch. Good read.
Inspiration: Progress Bars
A simple way to help people track their status/progress in a mission is with a progress bar. For example, the user has completed 2 out of 3 steps in a mission. In the report about that mission, we could quantify their progress as I did above, with percentages (i.e. 66.66666…%) or with a simpler graphic like this one: I will prototype this inspiration in more detail later after I work on...
Project status: Agents App
I’m in the beginning stages of a pet project I’m dubbing the Agents App. This web-based app would be a service that 1) receives solutions to puzzles—via email, text, mobile, and a local form—2) immediately responds with a prompt to the next step of the puzzle and/or a reward based on a points system, and 3) sends out and provides that user’s unique score and status based on the...
Breaking the warranty seal
Hey everybody! I’m starting this Tumblr to keep up with my projects and discuss all things dev. I’ll catch everybody up on my latest project to create a web app-based alternate reality game (ARG) with a simple Posterious-like sign-up. The idea there is to allow for several points of entry into this spy world-type game. Stay Tuned!