Lydia Syson is the author of “A World Between Us” and “Doctor of Love”. Her publishers, Hot Key Books commissioned me to build this custom wordpress theme for her official site.
More information available at http://www.lydiasyson.com
A Dance With Dragons
Promoting George R. R. Martin’s (author of ‘Game of Thrones’) new entry in the ‘Song of Ice and Fire’ series of fantasy books, this Universal iPhone / iPad application features extracts from the books, a competition and events news. Built in Objective-C for HarperCollins.
Available on the App Store: Official Dance With Dragons App
EMI Music commissioned me to redesign their existing Sessions site and transfer it to WordPress. The final site includes custom-built plugins to power the audio player, Facebook open graph data and more.
As part of World Book Day, I was commisioned to make this Facebook application which features a serialised exclusive story by author Louise Rennison, and a game using a fun “Snog-o-meter” mechanic. Users can sign in with their Facebook account, select their friends and generate “Snog Match” scores when pairing them up.
The Script - Drunk Dialer
Ever sent a drunk text you regret? Promoting The Script’s ‘Science & Faith’ album, this website asks users to login with their Facebook or Twitter account and submit their funniest (or most tragic) drunk texts.
With the release of Sky Sports cricket commentator Bumble’s book ‘Start the Car: The World According to Bumble’, HarperCollins wished to engage his audience with a twitter game based around the England vs. Australia test matches. The rules were simple, Twitter users would tweet with the #twikkit hashtag and guess the number of runs for that day, the closest guess winning a copy of the book. Realtime results are shown on the cricket board on the site with a dynamic graph.
The Killer Reads site is a WordPress-based blog promoting and discussing Crime and Thriller titles from HarperCollins. I worked with their designer, providing markup and WordPress integration.
EMI Digital Stores
EMI Music wished to convert one of their online stores from a multi-step, multi-form user experience to a ‘one-pager’, where the product selection, basket and checkout process could be completed without leaving the page. Using jQuery and PHP I created a template that was able to hook into the underlying e-commerce application for data, and add a flexible CSS skinning system that allows the page to be customised at the per artist or per product level.
HarperCollins required a WordPress site dedicated to their Science Fiction imprint Voyager. I worked with their designer to produce code and markup for the site.
Brain Test Britain
I was commissioned by Bloc Media to provide 6 brain-training games for the BBC’s Brain Test Britain lab. Written in Adobe Flash the games are a mixture of logic, memory and reaction time tests. Brain Test Britain is a year long project that aims to scientifically test the claims of brain-training games and find out whether they really work.
Have a go yourself at the Brian Test Britain site.
I Heart New York
Check out the site at http://www.iheartnewyork.co.uk/
Working with WeFail, I integrated the Virgin Records CMS into the Information section of julianvelard.com. The site incorporates a YouTube video player, and mp3 player, various image galleries and a blog.
Simon Webbe PSP
This flash-based promotion was made in cooperation with Sony UK.
It features audio and video players, as well as ‘picture-in-a-picture’ commentary from Simon about his videos. It also has a mini-application that allows fans to make their own Simon Webbe logo.
The PSP was modelled and animated in 3DS Max.
List-o-matic is a personal project in alpha stage. It’s a Ruby on Rails app that is intended to make domestic meal-planning and shopping a bit easier. Users can enter meals (as ingredient lists) into the system which can then be combined to create shopping lists organised by product type and quantity. The lists are accessible online (e.g, to mobile phones), if printing isn’t an option. This is the second iteration of the app, now using a Flex front end. Not particularly glamourous, but a good way to learn Rails!
The app takes a while to start up when it’s been idle for a while. Something to do with Dreamhost’s Rails hosting, I think.
(Login as guest with password guest)
I provided the gallery and filmography / timeline flash elements of this site for the US actor Ted McGinley.